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Matthew J. Brown
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My notes on Anthony Weston's How to Re-Imagine the World

Anthony Weston‘s How to Re-Imagine the World: A Pocket Guide for Practical Visionaries is, like Fesmire’s John Dewey and Moral Imagination and Johnson’s Morality for Humans, a book about moral imagination and its importance for our decisions about how to…

I've recently run across the notation of using capital letters (e.g, X, P) as variables and lowercase versions of those letters (x, p) to refer to values of those variables. This strikes me as insanely redundant. i.e., you end up taking about equations like X=Y+T, and then talking about particular applications of those equations, e.g., x=y+t. What new thing does this actually add? (Apparently Judea Pearl uses this stuff in his structural equation modeling stuff?)

Is this just my physics background? Or does this mean I have nominalist intuitions about the relation between type and token?

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My notes on Mark Johnson's Morality for Humans

Mark Johnson‘s Morality for Humans: Ethical Understanding from the Perspective of Cognitive Science is another book, like Fesmire’s John Dewey and Moral Imagination, that I am hoping to use as a background for Science and Moral Imagination. In the book,…

Saw Snowden last night. Oliver Stone takes a pretty light touch with this one, I thought. No doubt, Snowden's genius and role in the NSA / CIA is dramatized and exaggerated a bit. But it is the story of a real national hero, so a little exaggeration is par for the course.

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New Blog - The Foundations and Scope of the Argument from Inductive Risk: An Exchange with Joyce Havstad

Introductory note: One of the most exciting parts of my work over the last couple of years has been my collaboration with Joyce C. Havstad on the science and politics of climate science. We have a paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Science, a chapter in…

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New blog post: More Dispatches from Pittsburgh

What I’m reading this week: Morality for Humans by Mark Johnson, another broadly Deweyan account of moral deliberation centering moral imagination. What I’m writing: An overview/plan of my book project and a talk based on it. Other stuff I’m working on:…

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My notes on Fesmire's John Dewey and Moral Imagination.

I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it. Fesmire reads Dewey together with Martha Nussbaum on Aristotelian practical wisdom and emotion in ethics, and Lakoff on Johnson on embodied metaphor in cognitive semantics, to set forward an account of moral…
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