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Why Everything Costs Money Part 15 [Capital Volume I, Chapters 30-32, pgs. 908-940 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 14 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume 1. See a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 14 [Capital Volume I, Chapters 26-29, pgs. 870-908 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 14 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 13 [Capital Volume I, Chapter 25, pgs. 762-870 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 12 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 12 [Capital Volume I, Chapters 23-24, pgs. 708-761 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 12 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 11 [Capital Volume I, Chapter 19-22, pgs. 675-706 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 11 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 10 [Capital Volume I, Chapters 16-18, pgs. 643-672 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 10 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 9 [Capital Volume I, Chapter 15, pgs. 491-639 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 8 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 8 [Capital Volume I, Chapters 12-14, pgs. 428-491 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 8 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Why Everything Costs Money Part 7 Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò [Capital Volume I, Chapters 10-11, pgs. 340-426 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 7 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 6 [Capital Volume I, Chapters 8-9, pgs. 306-339 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 6 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 5 [Capital Volume I, Chapter 7, pgs. 283-306 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 5 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 4 [Capital Volume I, Chapters 4-6, pgs. 244-280, of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 4 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 3 [Capital Volume I, Chapter 3, pgs. 188-244 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 3 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 2 [Capital Volume I, Chapter 2, pgs. 178-187 of Penguin Press] Marx for folks who aren’t trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Part 2 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Part 1 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume 1. Marx for folks who aren't trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing better to do. Continue on to Part 1 here, and access free electronic copies of Volume 1 here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Why Everything Costs Money Part 1 [Capital Volume I, Chapter 1: The Commodity, pgs. 126-177 of Penguin Press] Part 1 of an ongoing series of posts going through Capital Volume 1. Marx for folks who aren't trying to read 900 damn pages, by someone who has nothing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
[Pictured: Valerie Castile, mother of the murdered Philando Castile, with her arm around a fellow marcher, holding a "Justice for Justine" sign. Photo from The Guardian] Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Son of Baldwin doesn't give a fuck about Justine Damond, and, apparently, neither should you. Who's Son of Baldwin? He is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
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aka Kid in a Candy Store 2: Electric Boogaloo* A new philosophy journal article is ruffling some feathers. On the one hand, whatever. I don't actually feel strongly about the subject of the article or even about this this or that argumentative move made in the article, so I decided... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Another sexual harassment allegation of a high profile philosophy professor, John Searle, is making the rounds. There are plenty of sordid details among the allegations, a particularly damning one being the allegation that Jennifer Hudin, director of the John Searle Center for Social Ontology (yes, seriously)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò Over 1 in 100 people in the United States took to the streets on Saturday, January 21st, for the women's march in protest of the election of now President Donald J. Trump. These protests were joined by y number of sister protests around the world, sending... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò I don't mean to sound like a broken record. I've made a version of this same point before. But it's worth trying this number out again in a different key, given that this time I suspect fewer folks can get away with pretending like they live... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
Cecilea, Thanks for doing this interview, and apologies for the length of what follows. I found a lot of this discussion helpful and welcome, especially your description of what it is to be a philosopher and challenges to the current elitist culture of academia. That said, I was a little concerned about the discussion of IQ and the Ivy League credentials of various folks in your family given that very discussion about elitism. To put my cards on the table: I was first introduced to the notion of generalized, quantifiable metric for intelligence by reading The Bell Curve as a kid, which argued for the intellectual inferiority of Black folks among other things. And as it turns out, IQ testing has been put to pretty nefarious purposes, historically speaking, and labeling many of those merely"elitist" would be euphemistic to the point of propaganda. I also have been persuaded by recent arguments from feminist philosophers that we ought communicate to people that philosophy is a learned and practice skill rather than an innate ability, and further that this may involve communicating less about innate intelligence or talent and more about practice. Let me concede immediately that none of the preceding need categorically decide what is meant by any individual use of the term "IQ" or appeal to the underlying concept or whether some important norm has been violated. Maybe there is such a metric and it's merely unfortunate that folks found out in the course of pursuing eugenicist projects, maybe we can appeal to it in ways that don't reinforce meritocratic notions of desert that function to justify systems of exclusion (from higher ed, as well as other things). But it wasn't obvious to me from what you said about IQ and the gifted program what you were taking the problem to be - that your 'true' (in some sense) capacity was hidden from you? If so, I'd ask: in what circumstances are you in favor of a) children being tested for their intelligence and b) the results of this test being communicated to them? Finally, c) what strikes you as being important about knowing one's 'true' intelligence level?
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Philosophy, UCLA.
By Olufemi Taiwo A opinion piece at the New York Times took aim at professional philosophy departments for the "systematic neglect of most of the civilizations in its domain". According to authors Garfield and Van Norden: "of the top 50 philosophy doctoral programs in the English-speaking world, only 15 percent... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations