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Was Berkeley a Subjective Idealist?
This paper had an exciting weekend: it has been accepted for publication in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies , I presented it at the annual meeting of the Long Island Philosophical Society on Saturday, and it is now available at PhilPapers.
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Voegelin on Science and History
'On the one hand, the advance of the natural sciences concentrated attention intensely on the particular problems of conceptualization they posed, so intensely indeed that the concentration has become the motivating force of a socially still-expanding movem...
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Voegelin on Ideology and Philosophy
"Ideology is existence in rebellion against God and man. It is the violation of the First and Tenth Commandments, if we want to use the language of Israelite order; it is the nosos , the disease of the spirit, if we want to use the language of Aeschylus and...
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Times Have Changed!
An argument for nothing, and for anything. The person using it has changed his mind about some issue because most people he knows have changed their minds about that issue.
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How sports writers use statistics
"Well, although Frank Smith is over 100 years old, and has just been shot 7 times in the chest, it is still going to be an extremely difficult challenge for him to die today, as he has now gone over 36,500 straight days without doing so. Is today the day he...
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"Money Is Dope!" Shackle as hip-hop poet
"Money is dope, a tranquilizer against the effects of not knowing what to do. Money is what saves you from having to make up your mind what to buy. "Liquidity is, in some sense and degree, a substitute for knowledge." -- quoted in Earl and Littleboy, p. 35
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What is the source of sportswriters misuse of statistics?
I parodied the kind of thing they write here . But what is the error in their reasoning? This issue is not merely of academic interest: medical doctors and juries are both prone to commit statistical errors that render their practical judgments fallacious. ...
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How Bad Is Pop History of Science?
Renaissance Mathematicus gives an example here . The author of the piece critiqued -- which was published by Scientific American ! -- puts forward nonsense like "Copernicus's system did not explain retrograde motion of the planets" -- when, in fact, the maj...
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Why meditate on Aquinas's analysis of sexual morality?
When the issue of gay marriage first hit my radar, perhaps ten years ago, my first inclination was, "Well, why not?" But I wanted to understand why others might object to it. And I had already encountered Aquinas's theorizing on sexual morality. So I have r...
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Why Does Tyler Cowen Deliberately Write Very Badly on His Blog?
We know Cowen can write well. As this fellow put it: Before heading into the book’s substance, I want to note that Cowen has truly mastered the art of writing a book for the “intelligent layperson.” When I sat down to start reading it, since it was "work re...
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Thermometers
Bob Murphy has noted how interesting the evolution of the meaning of a second has been. But have you ever thought about the effort that went in to devising a thermometer? To make a thermometer, one has to devise something that responds uniformly to uniform ...
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Catching up is hard to do!
I now have 563 draft posts at this blog. If I knock off one a day, it will be late 2016 before I get through them all.
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