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Sometime in the last few weeks, this blog passed the half millionth page-view. As I am writing this post it stands at 511,058. (I started second week of January 2014.) I am very pleased and not a little bit awed by the ongoing interest people have in my daily musings.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
The Socratic proposition “It is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong” is not an opinion but claims to be truth, and though one may doubt that it ever had a direct political consequence, its impact upon practical conduct as an ethical precept is undeniable; only religious commandments, which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
A small sect or society amidst a greater are commonly most regular in their morals; because they are more remarked, and the faults of individuals draw dishonour on the whole. The only exception to this rule is, when the superstition and prejudices of the large society are so strong as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Daniel Bell is cautiously hopeful because he is aware that scientific and technical work depend on "theoretical knowledge [that] is sought, tested, and codified in a disinterested way" (op. cit). Perhaps this optimism can be justified so long as the scientists and technologists remain uninterested in power and are concerned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Since Space is Divisible in infinitum, and Matter is not necessarily in all places, it may also be allowed that God is able to create Particles of Matter of several Sizes and Figures, and in several Proportions to Space, and perhaps of different Densities and Forces, and thereby to vary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
A Yale spokesman said that when the university received information that a candidate had exhibited inappropriate behavior, it investigated all allegations “to the extent possible.” Professor Pogge said that a university representative had asked him about the Columbia case while he was being recruited, in 2007. Professor Benhabib, who served... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
“The UK’s relationship with the US has proved strong enough over time to bear the weight of honest disagreement. It does not require unconditional support where our interests or judgments differ.”--The Chilcot Report. The whole point of publishing an inquiry into the 2003 -- yes that's more than a dozen... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
We inevitably desire eternity; and dreams of eternity can only fail, condemned as we are to temporality.--William Egginton "Borges on Eternity," (in Eternity: A History, 277) Today, Eternity: A History edited by Y. Melamed arrived in the mail. I don't know why I received the volume (I have edited a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
A compelling case can be made that more or less everyone, prior to the emergence of professionalized philosophy in the West over the course of the eighteenth century, took happiness to be the exclusive legitimate goal of philosophy. "The Ascetic" in J.E. Smith (2016) The Philosopher: a History in Six... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Since I know nothing about her work, it may well be that Professor De Cruz is someone who has been a victim of pernicious "prestige" bias. Pernicious prestige bias is when someone thinks that because someone got a PhD from Fancy Pants University they must be competent (or, the reverse).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
'Neoliberalism' has been a key concept used by progressive intellectuals to analyze and understand a whole bunch of political developments associated with the rise of Thatcher and Reagan and the subsequent, purportedly market friendly policies adopted in the Western world during the last thirty years. (In this narrative Jimmy Carter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Yesterday, while being pushed inside the MRI, I was looking for signs of the effects of the opiate-painkiller -- I guessed I had swallowed it about thirty minutes before -- to kick in. I had been disappointed to learn that that it was impossible to play music inside the machine.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Brexit is a turning point in the history of western democracy. Never before has such a drastic decision been taken through so primitive a procedure – a one-round referendum based on a simple majority. Never before has the fate of a country – of an entire continent, in fact –... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
For the Revolution Settlement of 1689 was not the triumph of a party, but an agreement of the chief parties to live and let live. The balance of Whig and Tory, each jealous of the other and both jealous of the Crown, served to protect the liberties of the individual... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Today, an invited guest post on Political Transformative Experience that I authored appeared at Daily Nous (thank you Justin and Helen--recall this post (when I called it Transformative Political Experience; do I have to settle on a stable name?); go check it out and explore the whole discussion. By public... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
This brings us to the central injustice of democracy, and why holding a referendum was a bad idea. Imagine, as an analogy, that you are sick. You go to a doctor. But suppose your “doctor” doesn’t study the facts, doesn’t know any medicine, and makes her decisions about how to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Ever since the 1990s, governments of Great Britain have negotiated a whole number of European 'opt-outs' (see here for the list). Rather than solidifying support for the Union this has created a dynamic in which the UK never became fully integrated in the give-and-take of compromise of European politics and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
So, I was wrong in my prediction. Leave won. My colleagues in electoral politics have a nice challenge ahead to learn to model and predict one-off electoral campaigns. EU membership in the UK entailed, de facto, that in exchange for be(com)ing the financial capital of Europe (London), the UK had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Disaffection with the EU is at historic highs, not only in your country. It is hard to imagine an EU much weaker and more on the defensive than the one we have right now. Anyone who cares about the EU’s future — and I would put myself in that camp... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
In an interview with the News before the open letter was published, philosophy professor Shelly Kagan, who was department chair when Pogge was hired, said what Pogge has admitted to doing is inappropriate and unprofessional. Kagan added that had accusations against Pogge been brought to his attention, he would have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
According to those who have reviewed the complaint, it includes dozens of pages of supporting documents alleging that Pogge has engaged in a long-term pattern of discriminatory conduct, including unwanted sexual advances, quid pro quo offers of letters of recommendation and other perks, employment retaliation in response to charges of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
I am of opinion then that every Sun is surrounded with a Whirl-pool or Vortex of Matter in a very swift Motion; tho not in the least like Cartes’s either in their bulk, or manner of Motion. For Cartes makes his so large, as everyone of them to touch all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
As a consequence of the development of writing, first in the ancient Near East and soon after in Greece, old habits of thought began to die out, and certain other, previously latent, mental faculties began to express themselves. Words were now anchored and, though spellings could change from one generation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
We know him only by his most wise and excellent contrivances of things, and final causes; we admire him for his perfections; but we reverence and adore him on account of his dominion. For we adore him as his servants; and a God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions