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It's possible to progress...by charting the evolution of the senses, bodies, and behavior. Somewhere in that process lies the evolution of the mind. So this is a philosophy book, as well as a book about animals and evolution. That it's a philosophy book does not place it in some arcane... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Digressions&Impressions
It’s a good moment, then, to point out how bogus and counter-productive the demand for ‘coverage’ in the reviewing process has become and how it lends itself to just these sorts of abuses. The area of Tuvel’s work is at the intersection of many different styles of philosophy and other... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Hypatia is published by Wiley and so falls under Wiley’s policy on retraction, which reads, in relevant part: “On occasion, it is necessary to retract articles. This may be due to major scientific error which would invalidate the conclusions of the article, or in cases of ethical issues, such as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
After the death of Mohammed in 632, Islam began a triumphant century of conquests. These victories, which left Islam the dominant force in the wealthy Eastern Mediterranean, destroyed what was left of the urban cultural base of the Roman Empire.--Dick Howard (2010) The Primacy of the Political: A History of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
113. The democratic city is the city in which every one of its inhabitants is unrestrained and left to himself to do what he likes. Its inhabitants are equal to one another, and their traditional law is that no human being is superior to another in anything at all. Its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Work on problems that really interest you. Cross train. Be competent in multiple disciplines and methods. Don't be afraid to start draft/writing before you know all that there is to know. Publish well. Use social media cautiously. Don't think you will be an exception to standard rules because of your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Although far too many contemporary academic philosophers take an excessively narrow approach, focusing solely on writings rather than persons and dismissing as ad hominem argument a central element of much of the philosophical tradition, there are always powerful critics around ready to challenge that prejudice . . . Current academic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Disabled people are constrained and limited by their bodies....The simple act is that, disabled or non-disabled, we are all limited and constrained by our bodies. To have a body that is any particular way is to have a body that is limited and constrained in some respects an in comparison... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Yes, you are right and she offers me invaluable perspective precisely because she is not a philosophy professor. (She was for many years an academic physician so did teach a lot of students.)
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2017 on On Discussing Teaching at Digressions&Impressions
During the academic year, the most consuming element of my professional life is my teaching. However, relatively little of that passion is reflected in these Impressions. Sometimes, I report a new insight or approach that is the consequence of my class preps or, better yet, classroom discussion (as I note... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Swell, Gary. Have you published on this? Or did you assume it was common knowledge?
One of the the peculiarities of the analytic tradition is that if you say, "I am interested in translation in analytic philosophy," people are more likely to talk about Quine (or Davidson) rather than about the peculiar fact that many of the works of early analytic philosophy are the product... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
All they have to say about the moral sciences comes down to listing the qualities and habits of the soul, and recording their generic and specific kinds, and the way to cultivate the good ones and combat the bad. This they simply took over from the sayings of the Sufis.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
A political theory can in principle divert attention from the distorting influence of relations of power without its even being the case that some part of the content of the theory, narrowly construed, is false, wrong, or incorrect. Diverting attention from the way in which certain beliefs, desires, attitudes, or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
1. People like me, who have been trying to do philosophy for more than forty years, do in due course learn, if they’re lucky, how to do what they’ve been trying to do: that is, they do learn how to do philosophy. But although I’ve learned how to do philosophy,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Plimpton 322 is a remarkable artifact, and we have much to learn from it. When I taught math history, I loved opening the semester by having my students read a few papers about it to show how much scholarship has gone into understanding such a small document and how accomplished... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited, two-part guest post by Daniel Hogendoorn,* a Dutch postdoc at UCL in whose research includes Houston's flood-management. This post is based on research that will be a chapter in his dissertation, "The experience of difficulty in governing Explored through urban, flood and climate cases of evidence-making."--ES]... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited, two-part guest post by Daniel Hogendoorn,* a Dutch postdoc at UCL in whose research includes Houston's flood-management. This post is based on research that will be a chapter in his dissertation, "The experience of difficulty in governing Explored through urban, flood and climate cases of evidence-making."--ES]... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Roughly a third of the US population—more than 100 million people—lives in coastal counties [7]. US coastal county populations are also growing much denser than non-coastal counties. Between 1980 and 2008 coastal counties increased population density by 28 percent (excluding Alaska). "Hurricanes and Climate Change" (September 2016) Union of Concerned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Yesterday, I wrote that: For even the Economist (echoing Jacob Levy (here)) understands that BLM's "supporters oppose police brutality, mass incarceration, America’s drug war, police militarisation and civil-forfeiture abuses. All of those are causes that liberals, libertarians and conservatives—anyone who fears unchecked state power—ought to cheer." That is, lovers of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
To put things in perspective. I'm a Jew, I'm an Israeli, the neo nazis scums in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past. Their breed is dying out. However the thugs of Antifa and BLM who hate my country (and America too in my view)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
A modern trigonometric table is a list of right triangles with hypotenuse 1 and approximations to the side lengths sin θ and cos θ, along with the ratio tan θ = sin θ/ cos θ . We propose that P322 is a different kind of trigonometric table which lists right... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
"Now he knew who had been strangled [strangolato] at Donnafugata, at a hundred other places, in the course of that night of dirty wind: a new-born babe: good faith; just the very child who should have been cared for most, whose strengthening would have justified all the silly vandalism. Don... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
[O]ne must not talk to a man unless he is willing to listen. That is why it is often doubted whether Diogenes and the other Cynics, who employed an undiscriminating freedom of speech and offered advice to any who came in their way, ought to have pursued such a plan.....This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Now there is no denying that, given the trajectory of his later career, Neurath’s translation (with his first wife Anna Schapire-Neurath) of the second edition of Francis Galton’s Hereditary genius as Genie und Vererbung (1910) stands in need of explanation—indeed: contextualisation.17 Once that is provided, however, it becomes clear that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions