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It’s time for another long covid diary entry. (For my official "covid diaries" see here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2024 at Digressions&Impressions
[This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] One of the great joys of academic life is that, if you are receptive to it, you meet interesting new people. These are generally also younger than... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] I have noticed, in passing (recall), that in Ideals and Illusions Stebbing is without being a utilitarian quite favorably disposed to Mill's philosophy. In fact, to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] As I noted yesterday, in his famous polemical 1986 NRYB essay, Burnyeat treats Leo Strauss as a charismatic (he uses "inspiring") teacher, who founded a school. He... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] In a famous polemical essay (1986) in NYRB, my (recall) teacher, Myles Burnyeat, distinguished between two ways of entering Strauss’ thought: either through his “writings” or “one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] It will probably discredit me in the minds of some, but I have to admit that I read Russell Kirk’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] Ideals and Illusions, Susan Stebbing's (1941) moving wartime work, published while she and the Kingsley Lodge school for girls (of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] Readers who come to David Hume through the Treatise may be forgiven for thinking that he wasn't an especially learned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] A few days ago I was showing off the antiquarian books in my library to the distinguished philosopher of physics... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] Perhaps because I recognize in myself a warmth toward Spinozism, but I am always inordinately pleased when I can recognize... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] In Conservatism: A Rediscovery (2022), Yoram Hazony treats Russell Kirk's (1953) The Conservative Mind as "the most important book by... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] It's been about five weeks since I switched Digressions to Substack and last wrote an entry in my covid diary.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] I like to imagine that Dan Dennett started his celebrated (1988) "Quining qualia" as an attempt to publish a journal... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] One of the eye-opening claims in Frederique Janssen-Lauret's recent (2022) Cambridge Elements on Susan Stebbing is that "much of Stebbing's... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] From Descartes to Hume, the so-called ‘way of ideas,’ was devoted to the notion that clarity is a desirable and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] Lodged inside Yoram Hazony's Conservatism: A Rediscovery is also a polemic against what came to be known as 'fusionism.' (Recall... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] As regular readers know, (recall here; and here) I have argued that the political meaning of 'liberal' that became influential... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] As I have noted before (recall), Hume plays a triple role in Foucault's (1966) Les mots et les choses (hereafter:... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I am phasing out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] For Stebbing (recall) clarity is a property of cognition and intelligence. Clarity is necessary condition for success at thinking and... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
When the story of Wiley's sacking of Goodin and subsequent resignations of board members first dribbled out, I suspect I was not the only one who went to the JPP home-page to figure out who is on the board (it’s not a kind of thing one keeps track of even... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I will phase out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work consider becoming a paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] When, back at NewAPPS, I first blogged about Susan Stebbing (1885 – 1943), a key figure in early analytic philosophy,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I will phase out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] This digression is devoted to an extended aside in A Fall of Moondust; a slender 1961 novel by... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I will phase out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] I once met John Perry for a few minutes in line at a hotel Starbucks at an Eastern... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
[I will phase out D&I at typepad. This post was first published at: digressions.impressions.substack here. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber at <digressionsimpressions.substack.com>] As Leiterreports (and here; here) and Dailynous reported, Wiley (a commercial publisher), got rid of Robert Goodin (a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2023 at Digressions&Impressions
The following can both be true: 1. JPP and journals like it should increase the number of papers they publish significantly. 2. Wiley's actions are badly explained and violate editorial independence in troubling ways. On 1: I basically view such journals as in the business of prestige production and that, as structured, actually undermine advancing and disseminating scholarship in a timely fashion. They also create a weird lottery for junior scholars and way too much pressure on referees because entirely adequate papers end up being refereed at too many journals before they find a home. On 2: it's my understanding that publishers are being pushed into their stance by their open access agreements with universities and (national) grant agencies, which understandably want slots where publicly funded research can appear. One can be critical of the content of these agreements (I think they are flawed in lots of ways). I certainly don't support a sudden regime change where journals have to publish tenfold on a short notice. That is undoubtedly harmful and unwise. But existing acceptance rates in philosophy are comparatively low and if publishers get us to change this, it will ultimately be for the better.