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The Problem: Gun Culture or Liberal Culture?

This is a repost, slightly redacted, from 2012 to help stem the tsunami of folderol washing over us from the orifices of the mindless gun-grabbing Left in the wake of the Las Vegas rampage. 'Liberal' is elliptical for 'contemporary liberal.'...

Hillary's Gun Tweets in the Aftermath of the Las Vegas Shooting

1) "Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again." Note first Hillary's hypocrisy. She preaches that we must put politics aside,...

Charlie Parker

A tribute to Charlie Parker by Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen. Hyper-romanticism and cool jazz. Charlie Parker looked like Buddha. Charlie Parker... was called the perfect musician and his expression on his face was as calm beautiful....

Royce Revisited: Individuality and Immortality

This is a draft of a paper from years ago (early aughts) that it looks like I may never finish. But it is relevant to present concerns. So here it is............................................................. ROYCE REVISITED: INDIVIDUALITY AND IMMORTALITY “What is it...

The Function-Argument Schema in the Analysis of Propositions, Part II

A second installment from the Ostrich of London. Another difficulty with the function-argument theory is staring us in the face, but generally unappreciated for what it is. As Geach says, the theory presupposes an absolute category-difference between names and predicables,...

Saturday Night at the Oldies: September Songs

But first an old Marvelettes tune to mark the passing of Hugh Hefner. But how can you listen to just one Marvelettes number? Beachwood 45789. Don't Mess with Bill Please Mr. Postman....................... September ends. A transitional month leading from...

The Function-Argument Schema in the Analysis of Propositions

The Ostrich of London sends the following to which I add some comments in blue. Vallicella: ‘One of Frege's great innovations was to employ the function-argument schema of mathematics in the analysis of propositions’. Peter Geach (‘History of the Corruptions...

Should We Discuss Our Differences? Pessimism versus Optimism about Disagreement

Our national life is becoming like philosophy: a scene of endless disagreement about almost everything. The difference, of course, is that philosophical controversy is typically conducted in a gentlemanly fashion without bloodshed or property damage. Some say that philosophy is...

Sometimes the Truth is not Reasonably Believed

If a proposition is true, does it follow that it is rational to accept it? Hefner's death reminds me of a true story from around 1981. This was before I was married. Emptying my trash into a dumpster behind my...

Was Hefner a Condition of the Possibility of Post-'60s Feminism?

Damon Linker: By mainstreaming pornography in Playboy magazine, and valorizing the pursuit of (male, heterosexual) hedonistic pleasure with his highly publicized playboy lifestyle, Hefner made a singularly important contribution to the overthrow of received norms of sexual morals that made...

Cultural Confidence

What we lack is not military might, but cultural confidence. The Left's long march through the institutions has been remarkably successful. I now hand off to Mark Steyn, Statue of Limitations.

Cultural Appropriation

Is it 'cultural appropriation' in some pejorative sense of the phrase when blacks 'act white'?

Mirror Images

Leftist whining about 'cultural appropriation' and Alt-Right denial of the universality of certain cultural goods may be mirror images of each other. The shared assumption is that cultural goods are not universal but can be owned. The theorem of Pythagoras...

Giles Fraser on A. C. Grayling on Voting

Here, with a tip of the hat to Karl White: John Stuart Mill was another philosopher who believed something similar. In 1859 he published his Thoughts on Parliamentary Reform, in which he proposed a voting system heavily weighted towards the...

Thomas Merton's Hostility to Scholastic Manualism and the Forgotten Fr. Hickey

As much of a flaky liberal as Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968) is, both politically and theologically, I love the guy I meet in the pages of the seven volumes of The Journals of Thomas Merton. I am presently savoring...

What Do Women Want?

"They want dangerous men who are civilized." (Jordan Peterson) Like it or not, it's true. Related articles Maverick Philosopher: Jordan Peterson on the Problem with Atheism Jordan Peterson and the Transgender Wars

Time to Defund the NFL

Some important points re: the NFL flag and anthem controversy. 1) In its third clause, the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law... abridging freedom of speech or of the press."...

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