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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 10 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
The most serious charge that critics have made is that corporate interests and wealthy foundations have distorted much of the university-based research agenda in economics through funding and grants for research, selection bias and pressure on academic hiring, publishing, and promotions, and even direct monetary rewards. This ranges from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
ROGER SCRUTON, the conservative philosopher, academic and journalist, has been dropped as a Financial Times columnist following the disclosure that he is being paid £54,000 a year as a consultant to the tobacco industry. Professor Scruton received a letter from the newspaper's editor Andrew Gowers on Friday telling him that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Thirty-two years before the Baal-Shem-Tov was born, there died within a short space of time two remarkable Jews. Both no longer belonged to the Jewish community, the one, the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, through the excommunication of the synagogue, the other, the “Messiah” Sabbatai Zvi, through conversion to Islam. These two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
In Astronomy, absolute time is distinguished from relative time by the equation of common time. For natural days, which are commonly considered equal for the purpose of measuring time, are actually unequal. Astronomers correct this inequality in order to measure celestial motions on the basis of a truer time. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
When Muhammad Ali famously said, “Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong…they never called me nigger,” he wasn’t just refusing to serve in Vietnam. He was also challenging the ability of the state to define for its citizens whom they should fear and who were their enemies. As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Marcus, the evidential standard we utilize in everyday life are swell for everyday life. But the issue here is not evidence but (to make too sharp a contrast) value. Your faith in science is touching. I really like science, too, including human sciences. But you ignore that truth-aptness is not sufficient to avoid being an ideology. To remind you of a simple fact: that something study's X is fully compatible with X's perspective being ignored. Think of the Chimps that are studied by science. Let me note that in your response you appeal to a taxonomy of subjects as if this taxonomy is not rooted in value (and legal structures). But that's just an instance of the problem.
To make a long story short, I think the lesson of Dorsey's problem of "intuitive bedrock" is that--whenever possible--philosophy needs to move beyond contested intuitions and find real bedrock: observational facts, establishable through common experience, that support one philosophical theory over another. Such bedrock may of course be very hard... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
A blogger ought not criticize teasing entertainment. So the case is dropped. Cheers!
In so many areas of inquiry...philosophical argument ends up bottoming out in a mere clash of intuitions, of considered judgments. But what happens now? Because these considered judgments will help determine the content and structure of our philosophical theorizing, to determine (once and for all) what the good life is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Serious intellectual history and intellectual biography consist in more than presenting a chronological set of textual summaries, even if some of those texts are parts of debates. Any number of serious historical narratives cum explanations of, say, the emergence of SSR, might be grounded on such a chronological archive as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
In order to be happy, one must have freed oneself of prejudices, one must be virtuous, healthy, have tastes and passions, and be susceptible to illusions; for we owe most of our pleasures to illusions, and unhappy is the one who has lost them. Far then, from seeking to make... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
The phenomenon of the "trial by internet" has been around for some time now. It's a very serious thing that, in many cases, does very serious professional and psychological damage to those who find themselves in the position of the accused. Leaving aside Pogge's curious decision to post his caution... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
In the nineteenth century, philosophy was still considered the pinnacle of theoretical knowledge; it was seen to have the power to demarcate and distinguish all the other branches of knowledge, to decide the value of alternative avenues of inquiry and methodology. To be admitted into the sphere of philosophy, publicly... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
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Lini was born in Utrecht. On her mom's side (Cohen) the family was orthodox. She never told me much about her dad's side. In her teens she drifted toward communism and anarchism, and like many idealistic youth in the period she ended up fighting in the Spanish civil war. (I... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions