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I concluded also upon further reflection on analytical citation practices the following: Low citation rates of others create an illusion of originality; low citation rates of others create and participate in historical effacements and cover-ups; low citation rates of others make one's background commitments opaque and, thereby, creates barriers to... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at Digressions&Impressions
In 2007 or so, Continental philosophy caught up with the knee-jerk-realist-mood of Analytical metaphysics (recall here), when the four horsemen (Meillasoux, Harman, Brassier, and Hamilton Grant) of Speculative Realism were united in order to reject the Kantian heritage (or correlationism) which had constrained and informed the tradition through phenomenology and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Digressions&Impressions
Suppose a Man born Blind, but of quick Parts, and a good Capacity, a tenacious Memory, and solid Judgment, who had liv'd in the place of his Nativity, till he had by the help of the rest of his Senses, contracted an acquaintance with a great many in the Neighbourhood,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Just a personal note to you, beyond the standard leftist ideologies that you support, do you also welcome ideologies that you reject? Is it analytical ideology you like or your political team's winning? As someone who doesn't share your politics but benefits from the nonideological portion of your writing, I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Greg, thank you for your very helpful comments. (I'll reflect on all of them.) As a methodological rule: I am inclined to be very cautious about autobiographical statements if they are understood as history. I find them more informative if understood as how an author (e.g., Quine) wishes to be seen or remembered late in life.
A bit of evidence in support of which result the analytical philosopher can ruefully supply on his own, simply by recalling that in his eagerness to travel light he has been prone to regard wisdom as just another piece of excess baggage impeding the progress of traditional philosophy that he... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Because the primary medium of social life is language - it forms the basis for intentional action, shared meaning, and collective organization - attention to the ambiguities and slippages between different linguistic forms is useful in explaining how ideas become entrenched and social practices seem natural and inevitable.--Sally Haslanger (388)... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
BY Sympathy, Atomes are fixed so, As past some Principles they do not go. For count the Principles of all their workes, You'le find, there are not many severall sorts. For when they do dissolve, and new Formes make, They still to their first Principles do take. As Animals, Vegetables,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
During the next few days I am attending and presenting at the annual British Society for the History of Philosophy event in York. Seven years ago ago, I last visited York for a similar event. At the time I was not quite junior anymore, but I certainly was still capable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Absent the linkage between nuclear and political restraint, America’s traditional allies will conclude that the U.S. has traded temporary nuclear cooperation for acquiescence to Iranian hegemony. They will increasingly look to create their own nuclear balances and, if necessary, call in other powers to sustain their integrity. Does America still... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Today I did not get to write my Digressions because of a small incident. While I was enjoying an espresso with my wife after lunch just as we were admiring the first signs of long awaited Spring, we heard a commotion outside. It turns out a young woman -- a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
I have noted before that in (part I of) More’s Utopia we can find a proto-Spinozistic (and proto-Hobbesian) attitude toward Mosaic revelation (recall). And, indeed, while in Utopia (the island) there can be holy men (100), there is no holy book nor a privileged, authoritative prophet. (The Utopians do allow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
In Mach, of course. we have a classic case of this abusive empiricism. It is a case that also exemplifies a characteristic tendency. a kind of Nemesis, of what we might call "hypercritical" philosophic theories-theories that lay down methodological standards or criteria which are actually impossible to practice. The tendency... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
There might be — if the first-choice candidate already chose to publicize the rejected offer, and a professional news blog chose to carry the story. Trumpeting senior offers that are rejected is a way of very publicly revealing subsequent appointments as having been second-or-later choice candidates, with optics unlikely to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
In the Netherlands, long term trends in student demand are -- given budgetary rules -- driving foreign language & literature studies at university level into extinction. Of course, the previous sentence glosses over lots of local variance at the local university level, including bureaucratic rent-seeking of a technocratic management class,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
The [foreign] seamen were not unskilled in managing wind and water; but they were most grateful to him, Raphael said, for showing them the use of the compass, of which they had been entirely ignorant. For that reason they had formerly sailed with great timidity, and only in summer. Now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
I use philosophy to help support, generate and defend research, advocacy and activism that might change the current plight of Black people in the US, particularly promoting better conditions for Black cis- and trans* women, girls and gender non-conforming people. In other words, I am a Black feminist professional philosopher... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Thank you, Sergio.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on On Renewing Zionism at Digressions&Impressions
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This is an invited guest-post by Adam Morton--ES.] Perception, consciousness, language, and memory interact in our awareness of musical pitches and keys differently than in visual perception. For example there is good evidence that we remember pitches more accurately than we are aware of, even when we are vividly conscious... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
On 2. I think this is very tricky and I am not convinced you are right about the Egyptian front. 3. I think it keeps all the strategic ambiguity that is at the core of the problems I diagnose; 5. The alternative is talking with the enemy about a final settlement; such a settlement will be unable to achieve justice for all. Besides, there is plenty of peace without justice.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on On Renewing Zionism at Digressions&Impressions
Thank you for commenting. Michael. In response (1) This is sophism. 2. Israel was saved by the US in 1973 and that's what made it a limited war. 3. The faults of others don't make your own any less so. I am talking about Zionism's strategic ambiguity that generates part of the open-ended-war-cycle. 4. I agree that the international community could do a lot more to ensure a peaceful situation. 5. There is plenty of blame to go around and if you prefer to discuss justice there are lots of folk who will talk to you about their injustices.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on On Renewing Zionism at Digressions&Impressions
At a discussion I ran at UIC [University of Illinois at Chicago] about 10 days ago, I asked the liberal Zionist participants what might be the point at which they would give up on the possibility of a Jewish and democratic state in Israel. For me, we have just passed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Brian Leiter calls attention to this important story at Inside Higer Ed: Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at the New York City campus and president of N.Y.U.’s American Association of University Professors chapter, was prohibited by U.A.E. authorities from boarding an Abu Dhabi-bound plane at New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
I do not blog as much about my teaching experiences in relation to their significance in my life (but see here), in part, because I want to protect the privacy and, more subtly, the intimacy of my experiences with my students (recall). But the main reason I tend to avoid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions