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By Jon Cogburn The internet was invented for basically two things: (1) sharing pictures/videos of cute animals, and (2) kvetching. I understand and celebrate this, and as a result feel a little bit guilty about using it to engage in meta-kvetching. If we kvetch too much about other people's kvetching,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philosophical Percolations
By Eric Steinhart Many philosophers have observed that philosophy of religion, especially analytic theism, has become extremely narrow-minded. It focuses obsessively on the Christian God, especially the God of classical theism. But classical theism isn’t the only concept of God in Christianity; and of course Christianity isn’t the only religion.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Jon Cogburn It's very instructive, albeit painful, to read anti-Trump conservative publications such as National Review. Trump is routinely derided for not being a "principled conservative" (sometimes "constitutional conservative") in a way that pats the anti-Trumpers on their own backs for their own supposed lack of opportunism. And some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
P. Percs In view of recent events, we have decided that Dan Linford will no longer be a co-blogger at Philosophical Percolations. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
I'm sorry, but you don't know what you're talking about and you're being even more offensive here. You didn't know either my dead friend or my friend who was institutionalized after getting tenure (who quit academia) nor my other friends who started taking happy pills for the first time in their lives after getting tenure. If you really want to "have a conversation" about "the horrors of depression" maybe start by not crapping up internet discussions mocking people for being friendless and anti-social and who don't have cool hobbies like you? Maybe not call people nobodies and circus animals? And you certainly should not assume that you have the infallible ability to differentiate whether a person falls under the metaphysical kind "having the blues" (and who thus deserves to be mocked for being lonely, uncool, etc.) versus "being clinically depressed" (and who you can then gaslight by dismissing their own and their actual therapists' reports of the causes of that depression). Seriously, please go back and read what you wrote. If you didn't at some level realize it was shameful you would have used one of your normal internet tags that your facebook and real life friends associate with you. When you run a blog you do see IP addresses and the set of the poster's previous internet comments from that address, even if they use different names. When we set up this blog we agreed that such information would always be kept private, and it is. I'm working like an idiot here not to write anything identifying about you and also working like an idiot (given our history) to be charitable. But seriously, check yourself; you're entering bad karma territory here. I'm out on this. Please know that any response you make will be the last word as far as me responding in public.
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By Eric Steinhart I know a lot about disability, though I don’t know much about disability studies. I suffer from two seriously painful and sometimes very disabling medical conditions: osteoarthritis and major depressive disorder (MDD). But let’s start with the depression. After talking about that, I want to address obesity... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
Ha! 10 Anonymous People Insulting You on Social Media
That makes a lot of sense. Perhaps the reason we must imagine Sisyphus happy is because we so often actually perceive the opposite.
Ha! 9. Whinging on Social Media.
By Jon Cogburn I know why lawyers are unhappy. You have to be pretty smart to get through law school and then the job is mostly unrelenting drudgery sometimes percolated with backstabbing your colleagues on the way to the top. I know why neurosurgeons are unhappy. Human beings are not... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
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But none of the stories you quote are in the least bit inconsistent with what I wrote, which is that the explanation by way of racism is radically incomplete. Just to focus on the racism of the white working class is to dismiss their legitimate complaints. This makes sense for National Review Republicans who don't think that downwardly mobile people of any color have any legitimate complaints. But for the rest of us, it's just a recipe for continued success of National Review Republicans. And the idea that people are killing themselves (the original topic of the post) because of racism is, I think, on the whole both loopy and insulting.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2016 on White Punks on Dope at Philosophical Percolations
Wow, thanks! These are fantastic comments. I'll do a response a stand-alone post either tomorrow or the next day.
By Phil Percs Wednesday, March 30th: Michael LaBossiere's RNC & Gun Free Tuesday, March 29th: Jon Cogburn's Genetic necessity against the Noël Carroll two-step Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Jon Cogburn In his wonderful textbook, Philosophies of Art: A Contemporary Introduction, and canonical book on the aesthetics of horror, The Philosophy of Horror: or, Paradoxes of the Heart, one finds Noël Carroll over and over again making an argument that goes like this. Preliminary - Present in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Phil Percs Saturday, March 26th: Jon Cogburn's Vagueness Notes 8 - Semanticsm about vagueness does not block Evans’ argument Friday, March 25th: Michael LaBossiere's Body Hacking III: Better than Human Wednesday, March 23d: Michael LaBossiere's Body Hacking II: Restoration & Replacement Tuesday, March 22nd: J. Edward Hackett's The Tenuous... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
Thanks for this. I learned a lot. I'm torn, because I find the general meta-ethical claims made by natural law theorists to be plausible, but then I see those very same people so confidently defending patriarchal awfulness. I don't think natural law theory entails patriarchy. The best public defender of gay marriage in the United States was Andrew Sullivan. I miss his public voice, he was a much more convincing paleo-conservative than the people at The American Conservative, who are too often riven by traditional animus. In any case, the generally awful record of natural law theorists with respect patriarchy now and racism and slavery in the near past *should* give everyone pause. On the other hand, the existentialist stuff strikes me as hopelessly utopian. Upper middle class people do have much, much more freedom with respect to making messes of their lives (and their children's) by ignoring the wisdom of the ages. Enough social capital and cash makes the grim prospect of raising a child alone less grim. Not so everyone else. After gay marriage was legalized, a number of my facebook friends started crowing about how polyamory was next. It wasn't just a non-sequitur (though it was that; the best cases for gay marriage stress the importance of two parent households for children, human dignity, and the virtue of fidelity enshrined in marriage). It also exhibited the same kind of utopian Rousseau type blindness characteristic of the Baby Boomer left (once called "the new left"). I can't help but seeing the existentialist response to natural law theory in the same light. I realize that this response might be unfair. Again, I learned a lot from reading your post and look forward to more on this topic.
By Jon Cogburn In AN EARLIER POST I generalized Evans' original argument against ontic vagueness to suggest a counterargument to those onticists who would respond to Evans by defending vague objects without vague identity. Here I want to do something similar, but aimed at semanticists who argue that vagueness lies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Phil Percs Saturday, March 19th: Duncan Richter's Leaving the provinces Friday, March 18th: J. Edward Hackett's Ressentiment, Trump and His Supporters Wednesday, March 16th: J. Edward Hackett's Meta-Considerations of a Metaphysics of Experience in Brightman’s Personalism Jason Megill's & Dan Linford's Atheists in Heaven? Duncan Richter's I didn’t realize... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Phil Percs Saturday, March 12th: Jon Cogburn's Which way the wind blows Wednesday, March 9th: Duncan Richter's Descriptivism versus prescriptivism Tuesday, March 8th: Justin Caouette's Some thoughts on the L.A. Times piece by Cherry and Schwitzgebel J. Edward Hackett's Some Thoughts on Soames’s Thoughts: A Rant About Analytic Overreach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
I love that novel! It's great as an expose, but also the truth about the situation with the narrator's student was unexpectedly moving. I want to go into it, but I hate to give spoilers of that magnitude. Please, please do guest post something. If you want, just e-mail it to me and I'll get it up as a proper post with whatever picture or video you want. That would be cool.
By Jon Cogburn TAC's Rod Dreher recently hosted a letter from one of his academic readers about college overspending on new infrastructure and raising tuition. The reader tries to get us to think of student loans analogously to the real estate bubble that inaugurated the Great Recession. It's a very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Phil Percs Friday, March 4th: Michael LaBossiere's Pro-Life vs Anti-Abortion Duncan Richter's Review of a movie I have not seen Thursday, March 3d: Rachel Williams's Can Anyone Change Their Sex? J. Edward Hackett's A Proper Understanding of Postmodernism Wednesday, March 2nd: Michael LaBossiere's The Texas Anti-Abortion Law & Lies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Jon Cogburn In this post on Harman on Žižek on Bryant I mentioned some of my work on in my forthcoming EUP book on Tristan Garcia. I've put some of this into a draft of a paper I'll be giving at the Southwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference this Saturday. Anyhow,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
Wow, that's fantastic! Thanks so much. Going over to read Bryant's post now.
O.K. I'm genuinely in the realm of indeterminacy now. I was playing straight man and being facetious about the disanalogy and now I can't tell if you are doubling down on the facetiousness, or if you are doing what I would be doing now if you aren't in fact being facetious. In any case, I was trying to write as if I was really convinced he might be a serial killer and making the post even more absurd, without ceding the important point made by the satire. I think my response failed aesthetically because of the way I brought in the serious point about healthcare. I almost went into the an exploration of the kind of serial killing in which powerful people who make obeisance to the military industrial complex engage. That might have been easier to do without losing the artistic point. In any case I agree 100% that the humor makes a two substantially important points, one about the absurd standards of proof people apply to Obama and another about people who embrace murderous policy. Trying and failing to build on that by amplifying the comedic tropes in my response was a noble endeavor, albeit perhaps one that should have been attempted by a more skilled straight man than myself.