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FINALLY, on this point of individual liberty: Every man must necessarily judge and determine for himself as to what is conducive and necessary to, and what is destructive of, his own well-being; because, if he omits to perform this task for himself, nobody else can perform it for him. And... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Digressions&Impressions
Thank you for your response, Clark. I am proud to count David as one of my teachers and exemplars of philosophical integrity.
As far as the total percentage for these sixteen philosophers is concerned (67.1%), this [the last five volumes] is identical to that for the first twenty volumes of the BJHP. Kant is well out in front, however, and Plato and Aristotle, too, have a much larger share. Spinoza comes much... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
The inevitable result of these principles would be that the class of employers, who now stand between the capitalist and laborer, and, by means of usury laws, sponge money from the former, and labor from the latter, and put the plunder into their own pockets, would be forced aside; and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Proposition 6. All credit should be based upon what a man has, and not upon what he has not. A debt should be a lien only upon the property that a man has before and when the debt becomes due; and not upon his earnings after the debt is due.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
The first argument, however, is obscure and dealt with rather sketchily. It is that 'all the points of time and space, in which we can suppose any object to begin to exist, are in themselves equal; and unless there be some cause, which is peculiar to one time and place,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
PLEASE NOTE: Effective December 1, 2017, the JHP is suspending consideration of all new submissions in early modern philosophy up to but not including Kant. We are also suspending all new *revise and resubmits*, meaning that papers receiving R&Rs from our referees will be simply rejected. We have enjoyed a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
The work of M. Newton is a mechanics, the most perfect that one could imagine, as it is not possible to make demonstrations more precise or more exact than those that he gives in the first two books on lightness, on springiness, on the resistance of fluid bodies, and on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
The first time we see Vice-Admiral Holdo in The Last Jedi, we see her through the eyes of Poe Dameron: hotshot flyboy, recently slapped down twice in the Resistance’s scramble to evacuate their compromised base. The first blow to Poe’s ego and stability is his demotion from Commander to Captain... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
I like thinking about the Jedi because one way to understand them is as (military-)priestly-experts-of-nature who can (partially) control forces. This control of forces is, as Chaim Saiman notes, generally superior to mere weapons technology. In the first three episodes of Star Wars, they are an extra-democratic power in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
An important theme in The Last Jedi, notably treated in a series of flashbacks, is Luke Skywalker's failed education of his gifted student, Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (and, as is quietly acknowledged, some of his less distinguished peers). By a 'failed education' I mean here that dangerous skills are taught to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
[This piece, "George Lucas and Knowledge of Souls," first appeared anonymously in 2005 here. It was a response to the (mostly negative critical response to) Revenge of the Sith. I reprint it here because I intend to do a series of posts on The Last Jedi before long.--ES] Anakin’s Skywalker’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Therefore, how foolish it is to fear it, since men simply await that which is sure, but fear only that which is uncertain! Death is necessarily equitable and unavoidable/undefeatable. Who can complain when one is in the same boat that included everyone? The chief part of equity, however, is equality....[Mors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act urging the federal government to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city, and so importantly, is Israel’s capital. This act passed congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. And was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of the Senate only... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited guest post by Lisa Shapiro.--ES] Thanks to Eric for giving me a part of his space to share these thoughts. These are simply my memories of someone who was certainly an influence, and probably fit into a category that one might call a professional friend --... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Here are three different translations of a key passage that describes the transition of the state of nature to what I'll call elected kingship, in the Mo Zi: It was understood that the people lacked government leaders to unify the world’s norms of righteousness, and so the world was in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Penelope Maddy's book inaugurates OUP's publication of the annual Romanell Lectures, aimed at a general readership. Maddy takes on the problem of external world skepticism. The book is called "What Do Philosophers Do?" and Maddy aims to show a general audience how philosophy should be done. She mixes ordinary language... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Dear Eric, Perhaps you'll recall that we met in the university library in Amsterdam a number of years ago; I was working on (and continue to work on) early modern women philosophers. I'm writing to you now because I have been invited by Kluwer to edit a book on feminism... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
With his New York accent, Jerry Fodor, was the first professional philosopher I met -- it was the first year of my PhD in the mid 1990s -- who sounded and acted like people in my family: he was combative, quick-minded, razor-sharp, brutally funny, inexhaustible in debate, and his wit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
The Baal Cycle stands out in that it does not use the type-scene to reaffirm the legitimacy of the reigning law and the political positions that the law enshrines. Instead, it turns matters on their head by placing the protagonist in the position of the rebel who disrupts order, thereby... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
My phone rang on the table in front of me. It was my younger's son number. I picket it up and said that I would call him back later. 'I am lost,' he said. 'I don't know where I am.' Holding the phone to my chest I told that there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
The point was this darkness -- call it what you will -- this darkness and disorganisation were not mere negation, mere absence. They were both aftermath and prelude. The etymology of the word 'aftermath' is 'second mowing', a second crop of grass that is sown and reaped after the harvest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
In a 1979 interview with Adrienne Rich, Rich questions Lorde about a set of positions she puts forth in her 1977 article, “Poetry is not a Luxury”. Lorde’s position reads, “The white fathers told us: I think, therefore I am. The Black mother within each of us – the poet... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
For several reasons, then, effective criticism requires the creation of novel theories. To define philosophy in terms of its critical spirit is not, then, to miss its constructive side; it is to require it. It should, of course, be said, that not all philosophers go in for criticism and construction... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Earlier this week the student government of the University of Michigan voted to divest from Israel. It was a largely symbolic vote that is unlikely to have real implications for the University. But it is very concerning: it was the 12th attempt by the UM student government since 2002, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions