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While Frank and his institute began to lose favor at the Rockefeller Foundation, increasing numbers of his colleagues in philosophy – besides Kallen and Hook, who had led the way in the 1940s – began to voice public sympathy with some of the dominant anticommunist themes and postures of Cold... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
[T]he American neo-liberals say this: It is strange that classical political economy has always solemnly declared that the production of goods depends on three factors—land, capital, and labor—while leaving the third unexplored. It has remained, in a way, a blank sheet on which the economists have written nothing. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
It wasn’t until much later that I started to get annoyed with the field of philosophy. We give the good stuff to undergraduates — free will, the existence of God, the objectivity of morality, etc. The boring, unimportant material is saved for the academic journals, meant to be read by... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
It follows that the human scene is as much an integral part of nature, and as valid a subject for the philosopher's concern with basic features of existence, as is any of its other sectors. As contextualistic naturalism views them, man and his works are not inexplicable occurrences, incomparable in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
On the other Hand, Learning has been as great a Loser by being shut up in Colleges and Cells, and secluded from the World and good Company. By that Means, every Thing of what we call Belles Lettres became totally barbarous, being cultivated by Men without any Taste of Life... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Scientific knowledge does not depend on the possession of an esoteric capacity for grasping the necessary structure of some superior reality, nor does it require modes of warranting beliefs which are discontinuous with operations of thought, identifiable and effective in the ordinary affairs of human life. The achievements of science... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Sect. 197. AS conquest may be called a foreign usurpation, so usurpation is a kind of domestic conquest, with this difference, that an usurper can never have right on his side, it being no usurpation, but where one is got into the possession of what another has right to. This,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The laws of consumption, it may be noted, are simply certain deductions from the economic doctrine of the utility theory of value Formulated, as a reaction to the classical theory by Cournot, Gossen, Walres [sic]Menger and Jevons, it no longer thinks of utility as a quality inherent in the objective... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
I would like to bring out some aspects of American neo-liberalism, it being understood that I have no desire and it is not possible to study it in all its dimensions. In particular, I would like to consider two elements which are at once methods of analysis and types of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Nevertheless, North America is pre-eminently the country of religiosity, as Beaumont, Tocqueville, and the Englishman Hamilton unanimously assure us. The North American states, however, serve us only as an example. The question is: What is the relation of complete political emancipation to religion? If we find that even in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Dewey, this most public intellectual and advocate of progressivism in American politics during its most activist age, repeatedly said that science and technology are the engines of not just material but moral progress. His theory of inquiry is robustly objectivist, and he advocates throughout his career not just the objective... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The current affair, which extends far beyond the pages of Vivarium, raises the traditional concerns of academic plagiarism, as well as some novel considerations. As with many cases in the past, the theft of material denies the rightful author of the credit deserved and unfairly gives the pretending author an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
We can generalize this idea across our entire model space. Suppose we enumerated all the possible numerical pairs <error, unfairness> achieved by the models we are considering (e.g., SAT cutoffs).... So each point corresponds to a different model; the x-coordinate of the point is the model’s error, and the y-coordinate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
There are some major differences between European and American neo-liberalism. They are also very obvious, as we know. I will just recall them. In the first place, American liberalism, at the moment of its historical formation, that is to say, very early on, from the eighteenth century, did not present... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Toussaint on February 8th [1802] did not yet know the fun extent of his reverses, but as the blows fell upon him he braced himself not for surrender but for resistance. The dream of orderly government and progress to civilisation was over. He had held on to the last shred... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Since his famous escalator ride, Donald Trump has, as Jacob Levy documented repeatedly, undermined many democratic norms and also the quiet, vital functioning of the government's role as a machinery of record. And while often, alongside the endless deception and bigoted offensiveness, Trump is very funny, his remarks this week... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
But because it is precisely from the progress of social production and the international division of labor that the principle of nationality emerges, it is soon confronted by its own limits. Already within capitalist society, ever-closer interaction links the different states; a generally valid form of regulation of this interaction... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The second contextual element is of course the Beveridge plan and all the projects of economic and social interventionism developed during the war. These are all important elements that we could call, if you like, pacts of war, that is to say, pacts in terms of which governments—basically the English,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The first sign of a thoroughly ill-adjusted or bankrupt form of society is that the ruling classes cannot agree on how to save the situation. It is this division which opens the breach, and the ruling classes will continue to fight with each other, just so long as they do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The last two months have been challenging for me, hence my lack of blogging. They aren’t limited to losing my advisor. But what I have seen running throughout many of these challenges is a kind of a deep psychological that I will call wounds of the heart. A wound of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Yet, reality calls into question the adequacy of this pro-transparency argument. For example, individuals have a right to review and correct credit records (as well as many other personal data sets, such as health records), yet very few do so (Hunt 2005). The public (and the media) usually shies away... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
First of all, we should not forget that the diffusion of the German neo-liberal model has taken place in France on the basis of a strongly state-centered, interventionist, and administrative governmentality, with precisely all the problems this entails. Second, the attempt to introduce and implement the German neo-liberal model in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Now, one way to reinterpret Goldman’s [process] reliabilism in the context of computer simulations is to say that researchers are justified in believing the results of their simulations because there is a reliable process that produces, most of the time, true beliefs about such results. We can now reinterpret computational... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
It is important to recognize that legitimacy, though not the same as authority, still depends on it. Since the overall relation between the two concepts is somewhat complex, let me review again. The state must seek to justify its rule if it is to achieve the authority, the acceptance of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
First, there are those epistemic burdens that, starting from a relatively illiberal context, would-be liberalizing policymakers must overcome in order to realize an effective liberal order. From a political-epistemological standpoint, a complete defense of liberalism (indeed, of any political system) requires more than establishing the relative epistemic simplicity of policymaking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions