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Adam Smith, in his very instructive examination of the ancient systems of Physics and Metaphysics, is too much inclined to criticise Plato and Aristotle as if they were the earliest theorisers, and as if they had no predecessors. George Grote (1865) Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates The eminent... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Digressions&Impressions
The Matthew effect is universally derided. Could this derision be an error? Could it be that the effect not only makes a positive contribution to the scientific enterprise, but is mandated by the reward system itself? I will propose an explanation of the effect on which the answer to both... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Digressions&Impressions
What topic do you think is under explored in philosophy? Let me answer a different question, which is what I don’t want us to lose sight of while nobly pursuing underexplored areas of philosophy. I think that recent pushes towards public and social philosophy are so, so important: we really... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Yet another tactic was offered the Negro. He was encouraged to seek unity with the millions of disadvantaged whites of the South, whose basic need for social change paralleled his own. Theoretically, this proposal held a measure of logic, for it is undeniable that great masses of Southern whites exist... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
I will never forget sitting in our auditorium listening to a long talk about meta-ethics when, right outside the doors of the university, Black Lives Matter activists were marching (this was in St. Louis at the time of Ferguson). I could hear them chanting; the stark contrast between the esoteric... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
V. A free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims, based upon a strict observance of the principle that in determining all such questions of sovereignty the interests of the populations concerned must have equal weight with the equitable claims of the government whose title is to be... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
There came to him that peculiar loneliness which is felt only in the monstrous impersonality of a multitude, that incomparable sensation of pure aloneness never known in another circumstance. The solitary figure upon an unchanging expanse of desert is not so alone as is one list in the infinity if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
[Unlike most nearly all other Digressions, this essay was initially solicited and so lacks attention to my own participation and rewards in what I describe.--ES] Professional philosophy in the Anglophone world, and those areas that take their cue from it, inhabits very steep, intersecting status and economic hierarchies with very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
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In reflecting he length of the discourse indicates the distance of thought betwixt the speaker and the hearer. If they were at a perfect understanding in any part, no words would be necessary thereon.--Emerson, Circles. My dad graduated the Fashion Institute of Technology, then a community college part of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
It is an unfortunate, but fairly obvious truth that most intellectuals, both on the left or right, don’t have particularly original ideas. Go to the Aspen Ideas Festival, or TED, or any of their ilk and you won’t find much that is genuinely surprising or exciting. Instead, you will find... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
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If the makes the I of his story is a little quicker on the uptake, a little more level-headed, a little shrewder, a little braver, a little more ingenious, a little wittier, a little wiser than he, the writer, really is, the reader must show indulgence. He must remember that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
Supposing that we had not lost some species, it is evident that they may be destroyed. Lions and rhinoceroses are becoming very scarce, and if the rest of the nations had imitated the English, there would not now have been a wolf left. It is probable that there have been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
Earlier in the week, I discussed Voltaire's engagement with and endorsement of the following Posidonian argument: (I) A necessary condition of the possibility of (an (intended)) successful scientific representation or concrete model of (a region of) nature is that (a region of) nature is orderly; (II) (A region of) Nature’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
In part, of course, we historians must take a good part of the blame, since we’re the ones with the training and proclivities to rectify the situation. But in part the problem arises because decisions in philosophy are made by a non-historical majority who have no idea how parochial our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
If a clock is not made in order to tell the time of the day, I will then admit that final causes are nothing but chimeras, and be content to go by the name of a final-cause-finder — in plain language, fool — to the end of my life.--Voltaire, Final... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
I acknowledge that the tendency of all opinions to become sectarian is not cured by the freest discussion, but is often heightened and exacerbated thereby; the truth which ought to have been, but was not, seen, being rejected all the more violently because proclaimed by persons regarded as opponents. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
The state is the form a human community that (successfully) lays claim to the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical violence within a given territory.--- Max Weber, "Politics as Vocation," (33), translated Rodney Livingstone. In context, Weber claims that the monopoly is a consequence of a historical process in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
The supposition is, that absolute power, in the hands of an eminent individual, would insure a virtuous and intelligent performance of all the duties of government. Good laws would be established and enforced, bad laws would be reformed; the best men would be placed in all situations of trust; justice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
Epoché (ἐποχή) did an interview with me here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
6.—“No state at war with another shall countenance such modes of hostility as would make mutual confidence impossible in a subsequent state of peace: such are the employment of assassins (percussores) or of poisoners (venefici), breaches of capitulation, the instigating and making use of treachery (perduellio) in the hostile state.”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
Nice passage! (Although I think her 'utterly mysterious' may be put a bit too strong for many, too).
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2018 on Desire, JS/Amia at Digressions&Impressions
I am developing a paper, hopefully with Paul Raekstad, where to do this. I'd be delighted to send it to you for comments down the road!
Okay, I think now understand your interpretive problem. Just to disambiguate: I certainly think that for Dennett heterophenomology (with other cognitive sciences) teaches us stuff/knowledge about the nature and character of phenomenology. I think it's clear that for Dennett this nature and character is such that we tend to get it wrong when we do our introspective reporting. But I think part of the problem here is that for Dennett there is a kind of introspective indeterminacy of reference (and lack of identity in Quine's sense) of the objects (conscious experiences) that you seem to wish to posit.
A state that made analogous interventions in the sexual preference and practices of its citizens – that encouraged us to ‘share’ sex equally – would probably be thought grossly authoritarian. (The utopian socialist Charles Fourier proposed a guaranteed ‘sexual minimum’, akin to a guaranteed basic income, for every man and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
I am not sure what you are asking. When we start doing heterophenomenology, phenomenal realism could turn out to be true. I don't think Consciousness Explained suggests it does.