The Politics of Crybabyism

November 29, 2016
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Perhaps Donald Trump’s most salient psychological characteristic is his tendency to complain loudly and publicly if he does not get his way: that is, his tendency to be a crybaby. So why, then, is he so popular with his supporters? Weren’t they the ones who hated the culture of offense, the sensitiveness that was forcing […]

There’s no water in Flint

November 28, 2016
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The most banal example philosophers use in discussing conceptual analysis is water; from Putnam’s twin earth papers to Kaplan’s two-dimensionalism, this is the classic example that is supposed to illustrate something valuable about the way that concepts work. I won’t delve too much into the traditional analyses, here, though a familiar observer may note this […]

Direct Democracy

November 21, 2016
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I was visiting friends in northern California during the US election, and although I have thoughts and opinions about Trump, US politics and the electoral college, I’m going to put those issues aside. Instead I would like to share my experience with the ballot propositions in California (I’m from NY, so I have little experience […]

Posted in: In the News, Law, Politcs

The Status of Black/African-American Philosophers in the U.S.

November 15, 2016
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I confess: I am a sort of observer. Perhaps something like an amateur anthropologist observing the philosophical community. I enjoy going on the web searching pictures and videos from all kinds of philosophy conferences around the world. I love to see philosophers “in action”, being caught on camera while giving talks, discussing formally or (even […]

Posted in: The Discipline

America: on Existentialism and Obligation

November 9, 2016
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voting 101

This is not meant as a rhetorical exercise; it is a genuine issue I’m wrestling with re: my own academic future. As such, please keep comments respectful and relevant. Content notice for discussion of the repugnant positions of the United States’s President and Vice President elect. In October of 1992, on a stage in Georgia, […]

CFA: 34th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference

October 20, 2016
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Thirty-Fourth International Social Philosophy Conference Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy with the Department of Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago July 13-15, 2017 Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to: Justice: Social, Criminal, Juvenile   Some possible paper topics include: Justice and the law Justice in […]

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An Open Source Logic Text

October 18, 2016
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The Open Logic Project, initiated by my supervisor, Richard Zach, is a project to produce a comprehensive free and open source intermediate logic text. More recently, Richard and I have been putting together a Calgary remix of forallx, a free and open source text for introductory logic, originally written by PD Magnus. Below is the […]