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My dad was born in the Summer of 1938 in Berlin; he was the only child of a businessman, Hermann Schliesser, and a fashion-designer, Margarete Neumann Schliesser (recall her drawings). After Kristallnacht later that Fall (recall) they left Germany for Holland. Until the age of seven, my dad grew up... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
When people first came into being and before there were governments or laws, each person followed their own norm [yi; or righteousness] for deciding what was right and wrong…Within families, there was resentment and hatred between fathers and sons…Throughout the world, people used water, fire, and poison to harm and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
6A8: The trees of Ox Mountain were once beautiful.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Having come to the assembly hall, he [the King] should permit free access to those who have come to plead their cases. For when people find it difficult to see the king, those surrounding him make him do what ought not to be done and not do what ought to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
10 Year Treasury Rate - 54 Year Historical Chart; source: Macrotrends. Let me start with two claims I will not pursue in this post: (i) I am very confident that the price of Bitcoin is a bubble (some other time about that). I honestly don't know (ii) if last week's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
Aaron, I like the diagnostic approach you offer. And I think that's a nice way to advance the discussion. But (a) you ignore the evidence in the post that there is a lot more to Foucault's approach than shifting the normative risk to the reader. (That's the stuff about ethos, good judgment, etc.) I am not suggesting I spelled it out for the reader. But I did give some suggestions where to look. That is, (b) you forget both that lots of normative theorists prefer to pretend they don't have to engage in risk management and/or assume (charitably) that by being transparent it iss addressed, as well as that if one takes ethical risk management seriously the response may involve complex strategies.
Dear Bruno, 1. You seem to conflate critical philosophy/theory with critical X studies. To be competent in the former says nothing about one's competence in the latter. [Also, it is peculiar that one's competence in rational choice theory is relevant here. I am not dissing Heath's competence at what he does!] 2. Of course one can be a continental philosopher and be explicit about one's commitments. It's only when you buy into the analytic rhetoric about continental philosophy that's a surprise. In fact, Foucault explains explicitly why he does what he does. (Kolodny's reading is not based guesswork.) It is notable that what "seems correct" to you is offered without empirical evidence or analysis of the risks/dangers of the approach. 3.Maybe you responded too quickly, Bruno. I remind you that I wrote, "The previous two paragraphs are not an argument for the rejection of normative argument or normative theory. It is also not a justification for Foucault’s approach." So, there is no reason to think Schliesser is being inconsistent about his own use(s) of normative theory. Having said that, since you explicitly appeal to my past blogging persona, you may wish to read some of my past posts (a few are linked in the post) on examples of when sincere normative theory ends up (somewhat predictably) justifying colonial/imperial rule, bombing campaigns with lots of innocent victims, technocrats proposing solutions where downsside risk is entirely born by the less powerful (wrong gender, wrong skin color, etc.) and so on. Finally, it's true that in this post I offered no response to the problem that Foucault diagnosed and Heath wishes away. I think it is a difficult one to resolve; I try to learn from others (like Heather Douglas, Serene Khader) and my inclination is to deal with it on a case by case basis after careful modeling and empirical study of the downside risks/upside rewards.
“How, then...might we contrive one of those opportune falsehoods of which we were just now speaking, so as by one noble lie to persuade if possible the rulers themselves, but failing that the rest of the city?...Nothing unprecedented, but a sort of Phoenician tale, something that has happened ere now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
By evading normative theory, he attempted to draw attention to the problem of judgment. His cryptonormativism was thus not an evasion of the interrogation of his normative stance, but an answer to it. Instead of accounting for where he stood by allying himself with a theory, he turned the question... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
“It is the duty of us, the founders, then,” said I, “to compel the best natures to attain the knowledge which we pronounced the greatest, and to win to the vision of the good, to scale that ascent, and when they have reached the heights and taken an adequate view,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is a guest post by Sander Verhaegh. Much of the material examined in this blog is also discussed in his forthcoming papers "Sign and Object: Quine’s Forgotten Book Project" and "Setting Sail: The Development and Reception of Quine’s Naturalism." Transcriptions of some of the lectures and letters cited in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
[A] man: who, knowing his whole true self, cannot be used or possessed by any power other than himself, and whose life therefore is lived for life's sake and never in the service of ruin, or pain, or hatred, or the dark. Ursula Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea, 199.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
Plato's impact on European political thought is not easy to describe. Plato's metaphysics was influential on Christian thinking almost from the beginning, especially by way of his Timaeus; but when the cultural renaissance of the twelfth century reinvigorated classical scholarship in western Europe, it was Aristotle''s Politics rather than Plato's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
There is the ship-owner, larger and stronger than everyone on the ship, but somewhat deaf and rather short-sighted, with a knowledge of sailing to match his eyesight. [1] The sailors are quarreling among themselves over captaincy of the ship, [2] each one thinking that he ought to be captain, [3]... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
In this post I articulate a working definition of 'political theory.' I aim at capturing the distinctive practice that covers an extremely wide variety of thinkers throughout history and across cultures and civilizations who practiced their craft in competing ways in very heterogeneous circumstances.* I do so, in part, by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
Sail, therefore, not just past one insidious place because of its treacherous delights, but past every city. Be deaf to those who love you most of all; they good natured [bono animo] pray for the wrong sort [mala] of things on your behalf. And, if you would be happy [felix],... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
During this year while labourers were digging at some depth on land belonging to L. Petilius, a scrivener who lived at the foot of the Janiculum, two stone chests were discovered about eight feet long and four wide, the lids being fastened down with lead. [4] Each bore an inscription... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
These lands, largely or mostly, were originally taken by the sword, and have ever since been held by the sword. Neither the original robbers, nor any subsequent holders, have ever had any other than a robber’s title to them. And robbery gives no better title to lands than it does... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
The conscience of the people demands that the Indians within our boundaries shall be fairly and honestly treated as wards of the Government and their education and civilization promoted with a view to their ultimate citizenship, and that polygamy in the Territories, destructive of the family relation and offensive to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Digressions&Impressions
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 Jan 19, 2018 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 Jan 18, 2018 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 Jan 15, 2018 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 Jan 13, 2018 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