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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

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Buried Alive

Islamic State kills 500 Yazidis, burying some alive. Who will stand up to these rampaging Islamists who threaten civilization itself? The cheese-sucking French? The dolce vita Italians? Paleocon, libertarian, and hard left noninterventionists need to ask themselves this question. Related...

A Cartesian Argument Against Meinong

The following is excerpted from my "Does Existence Itself Exist? Transcendental Nihilism Meets the Paradigm Theory" in The Philosophy of Panayot Butchvarov: A Collegial Evaluation, ed. Larry Lee Blackman, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2005, pp. 57-73, excerpt pp. 67-68. If...

Israel, Hamas, and the Doctrine of Double Effect

A reader asks whether Israel's actions against Hamas are defensible according to the Doctrine of Double Effect (DDE). According to the New Catholic Encylopedia, an action is defensible according to DDE if all four of the following conditions are met:...

The Role of Envy in Human Affairs

The older I get, the more two things impress me. One is the suggestibility of human beings, their tendency to imbibe and repeat ideas and attitudes from their social environment with nary an attempt at critical examination. The other is...

Selective Memory

If your memory must be selective, better that it be selective of the positive rather than of the negative.

Doxastic Conservatism

The onus probandi is on the extremist in matters of belief. Extreme beliefs bear the burden of proof. There is a defeasible presumption in favor of moderate views just as there is a defeasible presumption in favor of traditional way...

Saying and Asserting are Not the Same

To utter a declarative sentence is to say it. But the saying of a declarative sentence need not be an asserting of it or its content. Suppose I want to give an example of a declarative sentence in a language...

Not Enough Evidence?

"Not enough evidence, God, not enough evidence!" (Bertrand Russell) It may well be that our predicament is such as to disallow conclusive or even sufficient evidence of the truth about it. If Plato's Cave Allegory is apt, if it lays...

A List of Bars Philosophers Opened On Being Denied Tenure

Here (HT: Allan Jackson): Beer and Trembling Gin and Platonic Phenomenology of Spirits Martini Heidegger Bellini and Nothingness Jean-Jacques & Coke Vodka on the Lockes Maker’s Marx Old Fashioned. To this list I add: Rusty Nagel's. (If you got that,...

Obama Rises to the Occasion

I was actually impressed by Obama's speech last night. The greatness of the office he occupies, together with the external pressure of events and advisors, has resulted in a non-vacuous speech and wise decision, a two-fold decision: to launch air...

Friday Cat Blogging: A Man and His Cat

Art Carney with cat from movie Harry and Tonto. Tim Kreider touches upon some home truths in a recent NYT Opiniator piece, A Man and His Cat.

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man, based on the John le Carre novel and starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, was well worth the two hours I invested in it this morning. Some critics called it slow-moving. Why? Because it is thoughtful...

Morris Raphael Cohen: Logical Thought as the Basis of Civilization

This just over the transom from David Marans: Recognizing your praise for Critical Rationalism and Morris Raphael Cohen, I believe his page (and also the Karl Popper page) in my PDF Logic Gallery will interest you. Of course, I hope...

Orwellian Illegal Immigration

By Victor Davis Hanson. Excerpt: Fleeing to an Oppressive Society? Most of the advocates for open borders agitate from a position of criticism of the U.S. By that I mean we rarely hear La Raza activists explain why they want...

The Existent Round Square

One of Russell's objections to Meinong was that the denizens of Aussersein, i.e., beingless objects, are apt to infringe the Law of Non-Contradiction. Suppose a Meinongian subscribes to the following principle: Unrestricted Satisfaction (US): Every definite description is such that...

Is Gardeners' Question Time Racist?

"An academic claims the Radio 4 programme’s regular discussions on soil purity and non-native species promote racial stereotypes." More proof of the willful stupidity of liberals and the alacrity with which they play the race card. (HT: London Karl) Gardening...

Jimmy Carter: Hamas a "Legitimate Political Actor"

Unbelievable. Is there any limit to the moral bankruptcy of the Left? Has Carter read the Hamas Charter? Ron Radosh: To understand what Hamas is all about, one has to turn to historian Jeffrey Herf’s important article about the organization....

A Variable and its Value

You asked me to find x, and I found it. You didn't ask me to find the value of x. You rode roughshod over a perfectly obvious distinction. So don't call me a smart-ass!

Linkage and Thinkage

Anne Applebaum exposes the emptiness of that empty pant-suit, Hillary Clinton. Jon Voight proves that not every Hollywood type is morally obtuse. Reality is Neoconservative.

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