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The presence of different nations under the same sovereignty is similar in its effect to the independence of the Church in the State. It provides against the servility which flourishes under the shadow of a single authority, by balancing interests, multiplying associations, and giving to the subject the restraint and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
My father, Manfred Stanley, passed away in 2004. By the normal methods of calculating such things, he was not a wealthy man. What he lacked in material resources he more than made up for in other ways. In addition to thousands of his books, I have many boxes of his... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
I think we can reasonably expect ethicists to shape and improve their personal behavior in a way that is informed by their professional ethical reasoning. This is not because ethicists have a special burden as exemplars but rather because it's reasonable to expect everyone to use the tools at their... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Brexit has turned the floodlights on it, exposing, so that all can readily see, the deepest fault line in the politics of Western nations today. It is along this line that the bitterest and most fateful political battles in our time are likely to be fought....What we are seeing is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
THE rich development of historical studies in the nineteenth century transformed men's views about their origins and the importance of growth, development and time. The causes of the emergence of the new historical consciousness were many and diverse. Those most often given are the rapid and profound transformation of human... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Senate of the State of Neva Jersey: I am very grateful to you for the honorable reception of which I have been the object. I cannot but remember the place that New Jersey holds in our early history. In the Revolutionary struggle few of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
It sounds like you agree with me, Dr. Gonda!
The liberal imagination was not always so constrained, at least in regard to nationalism. In the heyday of what has been called "liberal nationalism" - the nationalism of liberation rather than domination - the preeminent liberal, John Stuart Mill, made just such distinctions and judgments. Mill was a great champion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown up to maturity, is not upon many occasions so much the cause, as the effect of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited guest post by Mohan Matthen, who went from Delhi to Stanford University for his doctoral studies; he is currently Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto.*--ES] Recently, Joel Katzav has been writing about the inclusion of Indian philosophers in what he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Some general, and even systematical, idea of the perfection of policy and law, may no doubt be necessary for directing the views of the statesman. But to insist upon establishing, and upon establishing all at once, and in spite of all opposition, every thing which that idea may seem to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Yes, that would be obvious, important next step. (I smell a grant proposal to do research on this!)
[This is a another, invited Guest Post by Joel Katzav.--ES] I previously documented (see here) how modern Indian philosophy disappeared from the pages of Mind around about 1925 and from the pages of the Philosophical Review (PR) around about 1948. The disappearances, I observed, can be attributed to the takeover... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
This morning I was reading a draft chapter by one of my talented PhD students, Laura Georgescu. Her (fascinating!) work is on the edge of my own expertise and so the bibliographic notes are (to me!) not standard, that is, they also involve citations to works that I sometimes would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Factions subvert government, render laws impotent, and beget the fiercest animosities among men of the same nation, who ought to give mutual assistance and protection to each other.--David Hume.* Unlike Hume (and like Schattschneider (recall)--a name I never encountered in professional philosophy, although he is significant in the history of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Mr. Denyer, I am willing to grant that, perhaps, I overstated the case against Geach (who surely expounded views with which he disagreed), although I do not withdraw the claim that he is exemplary of a certain kind of intellectual bullying that helped facilitate analytical philosophy's institutional power. (Your unwillingness to even confront that part -- the main part -- of the issue kind of suggests you share in the vice I attribute to Geach?) But as I pointed out, I don't think the McTaggart book really undermines my position (although I'll happily re-read it at some point): Geach is sympathetic to McTaggart in so far as it serves him to advance his own philosophical purposes (which are not McTaggart's)--again, he does not develop the resources to understand McTaggart's Hegelianism (and so Geach's sympathy is rather limited). And, as I pointed out above, I strongly suspect that the turn to McTaggart is motivated by Dummett. Since we're fast reaching diminishing returns in this exchange, I'll happily let you have the last word.
The alliance that’s beginning to form between Zionist leadership and politicians with anti-Semitic tendencies has the power to transform Jewish-American consciousness for years to come. In the last few decades, many of America’s Jewish communities have grown accustomed to living in a political contradiction. On one hand, a large majority... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Thank you for this. I don't mean to suggest that all business deals are zero-sum (I am something of an Adam Smith expert so I am familiar with this view!); I just mean to suggest that Trump's self-presentation as a deal-maker tends to portray deals as zero sum.
Look, you are entitled to your opinion. But you need to provide evidence and not just argue from your purported authority. (You may not like the Guardian, but I provided actual evidence.) The McTaggart book is genuinely interesting and does engage seriously with McTaggart. But as I said above, it can't quite get Hegel into proper focus. In fact, although I don't think of myself as an expert on these matters, from my vantage point the McTaggart book is really a means to promote Geach's own views in light of Dummett's rehabilitation of (features of) McTaggart's argument.
The election’s similarity to the Asch experience was no accident. It stemmed from a deep philosophical divide. This election presented Americans with a clear choice: someone who agrees with the political philosophy of the nation’s founders, or someone who utterly rejects it. The United States was founded on the political... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Don't take my word on it (read Geach's papers and reviews). But here is something in the public record: "He tended to look over people's shoulders when talking to them, as if at some impersonal truth, was famously irascible and failed to suffer gladly anything he considered to conflict with Catholic doctrine, even if uttered by respected clerics. He once stood up during a sermon, shouting "This is heresy", and marched his family out of the church. In Who's Who he listed his recreations as "Reading stories of detection, mystery and horror; collecting and annotating old bad logic texts"."
[Guest post By Joel Katzav.--ES] Modern Indian philosophers once had a substantial presence in two of the most prominent English-language philosophy journals of the 20th century. The story that follows is primarily about this presence, and how and why it came to an end. The story is also about the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Our reconstruction of the developments in PR [Philosophical Review]...suggests that analytic philosophy emerged in America at a time characterized by philosophical pluralism and a widespread commitment to addressing meta-philosophical issues related to such pluralism. It also suggests that analytic philosophy came to dominate American philosophy partly by analytical philosophers taking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
If liberal democracy is to survive in the age of Trump, it needs to be rehabilitated in the political arena—the arena of opinion—not outside it, in the discourse of objective facts. We are all-too-human, to nod at Nietzsche. Fallen, we are pulled by illiberal tendencies and attracted to despotism, so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions