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I find that I am generally at peace, and that the balance between happiness and sadness on any given day is little different from what it always has been for me. I find that there is liberation in this suspension of more or less everything. In spite of it all,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited guest post by Jens van 't Klooster, who is a FWO Postdoctoral Fellow in philosophy at KU Leuven and a member of the research group A New Normative Framework for Financial Debt at the University of Amsterdam.--ES] Last week the ECB announced a new Pandemic Emergency... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited guest post by Jens van 't Klooster, who is a FWO Postdoctoral Fellow in philosophy at KU Leuven and a member of the research group A New Normative Framework for Financial Debt at the University of Amsterdam.--ES] Wednesday night’s ECB announcement of a Pandemic Emergency Purchase... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Last week, two events occurred that are emblematic of the repeated structural gaslighting of disabled philosophers in which nondisabled philosophers engage and the continued exclusion of disabled philosophers of disability from the profession that almost all philosophers tacitly enforce and reward. One of these events took place in comments on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
In chapter 2, I discuss the special practical reasons peculiar to aspirants, which I call “proleptic reasons.” If someone takes a music class in order to come to appreciate music, her behavior does not serve a current end of hers in the same way it would if she got a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
We are informed by Thucydides, that, during the famous plague of Athens, when death seemed present to every one, a dissolute mirth and gaiety prevailed among the people, who exhorted one another to make the most of life as long as it endured. The same observation is made by Boccace... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is a contributed guest post by Joel Katzav (University of Queensland)--ES.] The proportion of work published by women in the Philosophical Review (PR) drops substantially after the first three decades of the twentieth century and does not recover at least until the 1970s. The numbers in the first three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Now the fact that one must refrain from war, and even tolerate the death of a few innocent persons, is proved by arguments and many authorities. The first argument is this: According to the rule of right reason when we are confronted by two choices that are evil both as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Once a upon a time, my wife was having a very crappy day. As it happens the Headcorn railway station in Kent, where she was waiting to catch a train, has a bookcase for books discarded by the public that they use as a charity fundraiser. Her eye fell on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
[A] For then more often would some one of them be caught and furnish living food to the wild beasts, devoured by their teeth, and would fill woods and mountains and forests with his groaning, as he looked on his living flesh being buried in a living tomb. And those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
[T]hose people are barbaric, uninstructed in letters and the art of government, and completely ignorant, unreasoning, and totally incapable of learning anything but the mechanical arts; that they are sunk in vice, are cruel, and of such character that, as nature teaches, they are to be governed by the will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The way toward an understanding of the step from experience to prediction lies in the logical sphere; to find it we have to free ourselves from one deep-rooted prejudice: from the presupposition that the system of knowledge is to be a system of true propositions. If we cross out this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Whether or not it was intended as such, this article of Professor Ryle's has functioned in fact as a blow on the side of Melbourne in a battle between Melbourne and Sydney which has, I understand, been a feature of the Australian philosophical scene for many years, and which was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Nay, if I mistake not, 'tis of a worse consequence, even (the Doctrines of Religion, to assert an infinite Privation, or want of Existence, to be co-eternal with the substantial GOD, who is omnipotent, living, and strong; than to affirm Matter itself to be co-eternal with him, since this is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
In all the liberal and ingenious arts, in painting, in poetry, in music, in eloquence, in philosophy, the great artist feels always the real imperfection of his own best works, and is more sensible than any man how much they fall short of that ideal perfection of which he has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
On an aspirational account of self-creation, the creator does not determine, choose or shape the created self; rather, she looks up to, imitates and seeks to become the created self. The source of normativity lies at the end of the process, rather than at the beginning.(p.13).... skeptics may worry that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The lexical priority given in contemporary theorising to respecting pluralism concerning ideas of the good life in contemporary societies rather than views about what ‘the good society’ would look like, and the belief that this priority implies that the needs/wants distinction has become obsolete, implies that the authors’ arguments reviewed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Seven or so years ago, near the beginning of my analysis, I explained to my analyst, after some frustrating experiences, how important it was to me that they always engage with the actual content of what I was saying. I took a huge amount of care in expressing myself –... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited guest post by Amy Olberding.--ES] Eric’s recent post about anger and corpse display left me unsatisfied with how anger is typically and traditionally addressed. There’s no tidy way to trace out the concatenation of ideas Eric’s post inspired – it starts with Xunzi talking about how... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
When I speak of the rationalists’ method—God raise you to the level of love!—I do not confine myself to their knowledge of the physical world, any more than I confine myself to the metaphysical when I speak of intuition. The two modes of apprehension are quite distinct and are not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
1. I received the book of yours which you promised me. I opened it hastily with the idea of glancing over it at leisure; for I meant only to taste the volume. But by its own charm the book coaxed me into traversing it more at length. You may understand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The moderate wages for the first branch could only be a bait to little demagogues. Three dollars, or thereabouts, he supposed, would be the utmost. The Senate, he feared, from a similar cause, would be filled by certain undertakers, who wish for particular offices under the government. This view of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
I once heard a story which I believe, that Leontius the son of Aglaion, on his way up from the Peiraeus under the outer side of the northern wall, becoming aware of dead bodies that lay at the place of public execution at the same time felt a desire to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Because people take subjectivism to be such a wildly implausible view they make no effort to see the world from a subjectivist's point of view. Even calling the view "relativism" betrays that - because it imagines a point of view beyond any particular person's perspective, surveys all of them at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
In a scathing investigatory report released last week, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred repeatedly refers to the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme in 2017 and 2018 as “player-driven.” Yet Manfred also declared: “I will not assess discipline against individual Astros players.” So while Manfred suspended Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions