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Do Universities Need Departments Of What The Hell Is Going On?
I assign pretty contemporary stuff in class, so I was surprised and amused recently when my students recently started complaining that the texts I was assigning were too old -- so old, in fact, that they were having trouble reading them at all. "We can't re...
I assign pretty contemporary stuff in class, so I was surprised and amused recently when my students recently started complaining that the texts I was assigning were too old -- so old, in fact, that they were having trouble r...
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What Happened In The 80s, Anyway?
From the 1970s. The other day a friend of mine mentioned they had something to show me: it was an economics text, they said, from the 70s, and it presented as obvious things like "economics is a moral science" -- meaning, I take it, that economics is inhere...
From the 1970s. The other day a friend of mine mentioned they had something to show me: it was an economics text, they said, from the 70s, and it presented as obvious things like "economics is a moral science" -- meaning, I t...
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The Hegemony Of Improvement Culture, Or, Why Can't I Just Enjoy BodyAttack?
BodyAttack: doesn't it look like fun? There this group exercise class I love called BodyAttack. If you told me when I was a kid that some day I would grow up to enjoy a sports-inspired work-out class with athletic moves like sit-ups and squats I would defin...
BodyAttack: doesn't it look like fun? There this group exercise class I love called BodyAttack. If you told me when I was a kid that some day I would grow up to enjoy a sports-inspired work-out class with athletic moves like ...
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Philosophical Melancholia
Albrecht Dürer, Melancholia I, via Wikimedia Commons Though I am, overall, a much happier person than I was when I was young, as an adult I've experienced a a lot of what I like to think of as melancholia. By melancholia I mean some mix of sadness, low life...
Though I am, overall, a much happier person than I was when I was young, as an adult I've experienced a a lot of what I like to think of as melancholia. By melancholia I mean some mix of sadness, low life force, discouragement, and a feeling of "Oh, whatever, what's the point." ...
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"Welcome To Me" Is Funny And Not Stupid. So Why Don't People Want To See It?
Kristin Wiig as Alice Krieg, in "Welcome to Me." Last weekend, I went to see that movie " Welcome to Me ." I'd never seen a movie or anything else with Kristin Wiig, so obviously I've been living under a rock or something. In case you don't know, the movie ...
Last weekend, I went to see that movie "Welcome to Me." I'd never seen a movie or anything else with Kristin Wiig, so obviously I've been living under a rock or something. In case you don't know, the movie is about a person named Alice who has borderline personality disorder and who wins a ...
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Life-Planning: The Anti-Theory Theory
From the US Dept of Transportation website I took a long drive last week, and since I hate to drive I spent a lot of time pondering the question: How many resources should you spend making a bad experience slightly less bad? Should I make do with the Super ...
I took a long drive last week, and since I hate to drive I spent a lot of time pondering the question: How many resources should you spend making a bad experience slightly less bad? Should I make do with the Super 8? Should I try to find a Hilton with a hotel bar? What's the deal with those ...
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Economic Concepts And Normative Entanglement
Don't you think it's kind of weird from the economic point of view "exercise more" could be a preferred weight loss strategy to "eat less"? I feel like economics should have nothing to say on the subject. And in one sense, I'd say economics agrees with me: ...
Don't you think it's kind of weird from the economic point of view "exercise more" could be a preferred weight loss strategy to "eat less"? I feel like economics should have nothing to say on the subject. And in one sense, I'...
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The Dream Of The Fundamental Law Of Human Behavior: WTF?
One of the trends in modern thinking that really mystifies and annoys me is the dream of the simple fundamental law of human behavior. What is up with that? In fact I'm mystified and annoyed both by the credulity -- the belief that there is a simple fundame...
One of the trends in modern thinking that really mystifies and annoys me is the dream of the simple fundamental law of human behavior. What is up with that? In fact I'm mystified and annoyed both by the credulity -- the belie...
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The Château Rouge Experience: I'm An Outsider Here But It Feels Like Home
Château Rouge. I took this last winter but you get the idea. I've been in Paris for two weeks, and lately when I come to Paris I always stay in the same place, and this place just happens to be in a neighborhood called Château Rouge. It's an area with a lot...
I've been in Paris for two weeks, and lately when I come to Paris I always stay in the same place, and this place just happens to be in a neighborhood called Château Rouge. It's an area with a lot of people who come from, or have roots in, Francophone Africa, and there are lots of shops with ...
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Why Blaming "Corporate Greed" Is Misplaced and Naive
Edvard Munch, Workers on their Way Home, via Wikimedia Commons It always bugs me when I see references to "corporate greed" as part of an explanation for why some bad worker-related thing is happening. It especially bugs me when lefties and progressives ref...
It always bugs me when I see references to "corporate greed" as part of an explanation for why some bad worker-related thing is happening. It especially bugs me when lefties and progressives refer to it. Because it seems to me that referring to "corporate greed" is basically buying in to the ...
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Favors and Gender and Helping: It's Complicated
I went to a conference in another city last weekend, and since I love public transportation , I was determined to use the city buses to get around. The system was a little confusing, but people were friendly and nice and helped me figure out where I was goi...
I went to a conference in another city last weekend, and since I love public transportation, I was determined to use the city buses to get around. The system was a little confusing, but people were friendly and nice and helped me figure out where I was going. Thus I found myself at around 6:15pm ...
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Accidental Philosopher Photographs Some Things, Part 2
I'm planning a trip, and it's in the car, and as we know, I don't like to drive . So there's some planning and fretting getting in the way of writing, and I thought I'd post a follow-up to our previous post Accidental Philosopher Photographs Some Things . F...
I'm planning a trip, and it's in the car, and as we know, I don't like to drive. So there's some planning and fretting getting in the way of writing, and I thought I'd post a follow-up to our previous post Accidental Philosopher Photographs Some Things. First up: some items in display for sale ...
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I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.  Check out my webpage here. I write occasional philosophical reflections on modern life at thekramerisnow.blogspot.com
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