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While day-to-day my life is characterized by a discouraging lack of improvement, in some important respects my health has improved significantly during the last two weeks: I am rarely dizzy anymore. Since this was my initial symptom dating back to early December (recall here; here; here; here; and here) this... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
One of the strangest features of my slow Covid recovery (recall here; here; here; and here) is the pattern of (ahh) asymmetric cognitive impairment. I don't mean here just the loss of skill in doing things which I have associated with a kind of gappiness in my consciousness. About two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
I am on indefinite sick-leave. Please do not expect a quick response. Eric
Nearly 70,000 cases of covid infection were reported yesterday, 8th January. Of course that’s officially confirmed cases and the real number of infections will be much higher. A small but significant proportion of those people will go on to be hospitalised and a small but significant proportion of them will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
One of the oddest symptoms of my Covid is insomnia. What makes it especially odd is that I can't sleep even when I feel very fatigued. This has, in fact, been one of the few constant symptoms during my illness (recall here). I don't have much trouble falling asleep at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
After last week's digression on the effects of my Covid, I was very touched by the many generous well wishes I received. Reading notes of encouragement in my darkened bedroom filled my time for a few days. Thank you. Two kinds of responses surprised me. First, while commiserating with me,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
During Winter break, I started to have intermittent dizziness and fatigue. This surprised me especially because in addition to not blogging I was also not working, that is, no research, no writing, and no class prep. This is a habit I have gotten into in order to be pleasant company... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is a guest post by Joel Katzav [University of Queensland].--ES] Cohen did not think of philosophy as a discipline competing with the various sciences for obtaining authentic knowledge of the world about us. He did not believe that philosophy yields positive information about the primary subject-matters of the sciences,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
We lower the boom. No civilized country can accept or allow what we saw Wednesday with the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol. This was an attack on democracy itself. That is not just a phrase. Rule by the people relies on adherence to law and process. The assault and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
So what, exactly, are we seeking to defend? What is the character of a liberal democracy? What does it mean for a society to be liberal, rather than for a person to subscribe to liberal principles, such as the ones Paul laid out almost four years ago? To answer this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
I’ve largely avoided the academic open letter trend (& not gonna make a habit of this!) so a thread to explain why I signed… Substantial intellectual disputes should be settled by means of argumentation. So, e.g., with the open letter calling for the Case for Colonialism piece to be retracted,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
To simplify things, and somewhat arbitrarily, I will start, as from a given, with English empiricism and the theory of the subject which is in fact put to work in English empiricist philosophy, with the view that—once again, I am making a somewhat arbitrary division—the theory of the subject in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
This paper was submitted to the Annals with an accompanying letter to the Editor, Professor Lionel Penrose, dated 17 February 1960. It has lain as item 136 of the Penrose Papers in the Manuscripts and Rare Books section of University College Library until recently brought to our notice by Dr... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
In the end, is not economics the analysis of forms of rational conduct and does not all rational conduct, whatever it may be, fall under something like economic analysis? Is not a rational conduct, like that which consists in formal reasoning, an economic conduct in the sense we have just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Philosophers themselves are at variance as to the "proper" task of philosophy. Many students of the history of philosophy agree, however, that the great texts in philosophy are best understood when viewed as so many reflections upon issues raised by the scientific and social developments of their day. The practice,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
I would like to talk a little about one aspect of American neo-liberalism, that is to say, the way in which they try to use (i) the market economy and (ii) the typical analyses of the market economy to (iii) decipher non-market relationships and phenomena which are not strictly and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
I have set freedom as my goal [Libertas proposita est]; and I am striving for that reward. And what is freedom, you ask? It means not being a slave to any circumstance, to any necessity [necessitati], to any chance; it means compelling Fortune to enter the lists on equal terms.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
I have mentioned parties from affection as a kind of real parties, beside those from interest and principle. By parties from affection, I understand those which are founded on the different attachments of men towards particular families and persons, whom they desire to rule over them. These factions are often... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Mr. Morgenthau's positive proposals as to how social problems ought to be approached exhibit an irresponsible romanticism. He rejects "scientism" because its universalist conception of social laws is allegedly unhistorical--though already J. S. Mill, for example, was entirely clear that the principles of Ricardian economics are applicable only under certain... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The views which have been noticed thus far attempt to limit the scope of scientific methods on the basis of considerations that are at least nominally scientific in character. The criticisms of science to which attention must next be directed do not even pretend to adduce scientific grounds for their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Let’s go back to the theme of German liberalism, or ordoliberalism. You recall that in this conception—of Eucken, Röpke, Müller-Armack, and others—the market was defined as a principle of economic regulation indispensable to the formation of prices and so to the consistent development of the economic process. What was the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Nothing is more usual, among states which have made some advances in commerce, than to look on the progress of their neighbours with a suspicious eye, to consider all trading states as their rivals, and to suppose that it is impossible for any of them to flourish, but at their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
For these are inherent in plebiscitarian Caesarism, or so-called 'Caesarian democracy', with its direct appeal to the masses: demagogical slogans; disregard of legality in spite of a professed guardianship of law and order; contempt of political parties and the parliamentary system, of the educated classes and their values; blandishments and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
The second interesting use of these neo-liberal analyses is that the economic grid will or should make it possible to test governmental action, gauge its validity, and to object to activities of the public authorities on the grounds of their abuses, excesses, futility, and wasteful expenditure. In short, the economic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions
Hume’s notorious footnote may not have been widely known about until now. For my part, I have a fairly distinct memory of encountering it in the library of the University of Bristol when I was an undergraduate. I also remember being struck by the passage from Kant’s The Observations on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at Digressions&Impressions