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The Liberal

Concerned as he rightfully is with the pollution of the physical environment, the liberal yet cannot seem to muster much moral enthusiasm about the pollution of the cultural environment, if he even sees it. Hillary, you will recall, cozied up...

Platonism in One Case

The Christian is a Platonist about one man, Christ: he pre-exists both his conception and his birth. But there is no Platonism about any other human. The rest of us enjoy no Platonic pre-existence. We are literally nothing until we....

Leftist Thuggery and Abdication of Authority

Leftists complain that President Trump is 'authoritarian.' But given the abdication of authority on the part of university administrators who refuse to stand up to leftists thugs and refuse to defend such ideals of the university as free speech and...

A Physicist's Petitio Principii

One of my self-appointed tasks is to beat up on physicists when they play at philosophy and makes fools of themselves. The following is from an interview with Richard Muller in Physics Today: PT: You mention in your introduction tha...

Saturday Night at the Oldies: Some 1940's Proto-Rock

Freddie Slack and Will Bradley Trio (1940), Down the Road A Piece. If you like to boogie woogie, I know the place. It's just an old piano and a knocked out bass. The drummer man's a guy they call Eight...

Is 'Trumpism' a Heresy?

This is so stupid as to be beyond belief: President Donald Trump exudes an ideology of "America first." There's only one problem for orthodox Christians, however -- the nation may never come first, because in first place must always be...

Against Ostrich Realism

As magnificent a subject as philosophy is, grappling as it does with the ultimate concerns of human existence, and thus surpassing in nobility any other human pursuit, it is also miserable in that nothing goes uncontested, and nothing ever gets...

'Liberal' Name-Calling

One wonders how there can be peace with 'liberals.' Whence their slanderous scumbaggery?

Liberal Immigration Hyper-Hypocrisy

Trump Labor Secretary nominee Anthony Puzder is under fire for having employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. But why should liberals care given that they do not distinguish legal from illegal immigrants while standing for open borders and sanctuary...

Predication as Identity: Another Round

The Opponent is a patient man: Trying again. (1) Sam is poor at t1 iff Sam is identical with some poor person at t1 (2) Sam is poor at t1 iff Sam is self-identical at t1 (1) is self-evidently true....

Scholarly Blog Index Summary of my 'Post-Truth' Entry

Here. The entry in full is here. UPDATE: I just re-read the full entry. It's good! Might I be biased? Is such a thing so much as possible? The summary appears machine-generated. Not so good.

John Peterson's Thomist Analysis of Change

1. The Riddle of Change. Change is ubiquitous. It is perhaps the most pervasive feature of our experience and of the objects of our experience. But is it intelligible? Change could be a fact without being intelligible. But the mind....

Trump Against the Pussycons

'Pussycon' is a crude moniker for those I have variously described as milquetoast conservatives, yap-and-scribble do-nothings, and bow-tie boys. Esther Goldberg: The hanky-clutching, cluck-clucking, tsk-tsking faction of the Conservative movement is in for a rough and bumpy ride over the...

Reading Now: When Reason Goes on Holiday (Encounter, 2016)

Neven Sesardi? is a Croatian philosopher, born in 1949. He has taught philosophy at universities in Croatia, the United States, Japan, England, and Hong Kong. An earlier book of his is Making Sense of Heritability (Cambridge U. P., 2005). “Gripping,...

An Identity Theory of Predication

I will sketch a two-name, quasi-Scholastic, nominalistic/reistic theory of predication that I believe is quite hopeless. But it may serve as a foil against which and in comparison to which a more plausible theory may be developed. Suppose it is...

The Rage of Sally Haslanger

Here. I discuss, not her rage, but some of her ideas in Is Beef Food? and in the ComBox to 'Women are Better at Looking After Children.'

Can Friendship Survive Deep Disagreement?

Clearly friendship can survive deep disagreement if it is over some abstruse topic in the philosophy of language, say. The question I intend, however, is whether friendship can continue among those who find themselves in profound disagreement over matters that...

Secession?

Malcolm Pollack discusses the Calexit variation of the Secessionist Gambit. He is an uncommonly good writer. My favorite sentence in the piece in question: California, after all, is the mothership of Leftism in America: of radical environmentalism, open borders, sexual...

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