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Brian Leiter's Christmas Present to Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins

Professor Christian Munthe has the story: Remember The September Statement from earlier this year, signed by 648 academic philosophers in North America and elsewhere against Chicago philosopher and law professor Brian Leiter's unacceptable treatment of his UBC colleague Carrie Ichikawa-Jenkins,...

The Quester

What is the quester after? What does he seek? He doesn't quite know, and that is part of his being a romantic. He experiences his present 'reality' as flat, stale, jejune, oppressive, substandard. He feels there must be more to...

The Aging Philosopher

Both animal and thinker, he faces two sorts of threats. Among the first, hardening of the arteries. Among the second, hardening of the categories. Which is worse depends on your categories. Either way, categories rule.

Incarnation Approached Subjectively: The Mystical Birth of God in the Soul

I have been, and will continue, discussing Trinity and Incarnation objectively, that is, in an objectifying manner. Now what do I mean by that? Well, with respect to the Trinity, the central conundrum, to put it in a very crude...

Posts of Christmas Past

Posts and Ghosts of Christmas Past: 'Merry Xmas' Egyptian Muslims Serve as Human Shields at Coptic Christmas Mass Socializing as Self-Denial Merry Scroogemas! Ebeneezer Scrooge and the Limits of Doxastic Voluntarism In the Interests of Prandial Harmony Minimalist and Maximalist...

The Cat that Came for Christmas

HT: Pam Lane-Garon. Top of the season to all my readers. I really do appreciate your 'patronage.' I wish you all the best for the New Year. Peace to all who want it, and good will to those who have...

John Anderson on Levels of Reality

Call it the MOB doctrine: there are modes of being, ways of existing, levels of reality. I have defended the MOB in these pages and in print, chiefly in "Existence: Two Dogmas of Analysis" in Novotny and Novak eds., Neo-Aristotelian...

Blogs and Articles

There's a cool paper by Thomas Kroedel on 'Dualist Mental Causation and the Exclusion Problem', forthcoming in Nous. The central idea is very much akin to that discussed in my 2011 blog post 'Epiphenomenal Explanations'. As with theShow More Summary

Bill O'Reilly Lays into Bozo de Blasio

We need more of this sort of thing. Less 'civility,' more condemnation of liars, race-baiters, and inciters-to-violence. Civility is for the civil, not for mendacious, self-serving, underminers of cvil order. There can be no civility without civil order. Merry Christmas.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson is one of those black commentators whose tribal identification makes it impossible for him to be objective. His latest column begins like this: WASHINGTON -- It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill....

Amazon Pricing

I just purchased via Amazon Prime Australian Realism: The Systematic Philosophy of John Anderson Paperback – March 19, 2009 by A. J. Baker (Author), Anthony Quinton (Introduction) I decided on a new paperback for $27.41 plus tax rather than a...

Must an Atheist Eschew Religious Practice?

David Benatar of anti-natalist fame argues in the negative. (HT: London Karl)

Questioning Political Dogmas

There's an interesting thread over at Daily Nous asking whether there's a problematic lack of political diversity in academic philosophy. I don't think this is something that can be answered in a value-neutral way.In particular, oneShow More Summary

Bernie Goetz, 30 Years Later

Bernard Goetz, mild-mannered electronics nerd, looked like an easy mark, a slap job. And so he got slapped around, thrown through plate glass windows, mugged and harrassed. He just wanted to be left alone to tinker in his basement. Those...

Direct and Indirect Reference

London Ed asks: Exactly what does ‘refer’ mean? And when we talk about ‘direct reference’ and ‘indirect reference’, are we really talking about exactly the same relation, or only the same in name? The second question got me thinking. The...

Tropes as Truth-Makers? Or Do We Need Facts?

Here is a white cube. Call it 'Carl.' 'Carl is white' is true. But Carl, though white, might not have been white. (He would not have been white had I painted him red.) So 'Carl is white' is contingently true....

Conservative Marquette Poly Sci Prof Suspended for Blogging

Via John Pepple, I just learned that John McAdams, a tenured associate professor of political science at Marquette University, has been suspended with pay and barred from campus for criticizing a graduate student philosophy teacher who shut down a classroom...

The Implicit Logic of the Draft Warren Movement

Daniel Henninger: The implicit logic of the Draft Warren movement is that after eight years of the Obama presidency, the American people want to move... further left. Well said, my man. And this too: Amid the recent,...

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