What’s wrong with Piketty?

My first-ever piece in RADICAL PHILOSOPHY, just out: A sympathetic but tough ecologically-based critique of Piketty’s mega-tome, ‘CAPITAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY':
My first-ever piece in RADICAL PHILOSOPHY, just out: A sympathetic but tough ecologically-based critique of Piketty’s mega-tome, ‘CAPITAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY': [More]

A Note on Substraction Arguments

Subtraction arguments aim to show that there are possible worlds in which there exist no concrete objects at all: they are arguments for the possibility of metaphysical nihilism. The aim is to show
Subtraction arguments aim to show that there are possible worlds in which there exist no concrete objects at all: they are arguments for the possibility of metaphysical nihilism. The aim is to show [More]

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama, post-structuralist? As a young man, he sat at the knees of Derrida, Lacan, Barthes before concluding, “This was total bullshit”…
Francis Fukuyama, post-structuralist? As a young man, he sat at the knees of Derrida, Lacan, Barthes before concluding, “This was total bullshit”… [More]

Why we need fairy tales

In fairy tales, family members are murderers while animals are saviors. These doses of amorality and anarchy are desperately needed…
In fairy tales, family members are murderers while animals are saviors. These doses of amorality and anarchy are desperately needed… [More]

Meaning of “culture”

“Culture” is a confusing word, fraught with divergent definitions. The way we use it today – think “rape culture” – has grown darker, sharper, more skeptical…
“Culture” is a confusing word, fraught with divergent definitions. The way we use it today – think “rape culture” – has grown darker, sharper, more skeptical… [More]

Age of the brain

Big brain projects – in the U.S., Europe, Japan – are generating loads of data but no solid theories about how neurons give rise to cognition…
Big brain projects – in the U.S., Europe, Japan – are generating loads of data but no solid theories about how neurons give rise to cognition… [More]

On James Laughlin

Witty, handsome, James “J” Laughlin was hard to resist. But the publisher, poet, and anthologist, founder of New Directions, was deeply flawed…
Witty, handsome, James “J” Laughlin was hard to resist. But the publisher, poet, and anthologist, founder of New Directions, was deeply flawed… [More]

Paradox of Martin Luther King

“The force behind the idea of nonviolence was given its most powerful run in the civil-rights era,” says Taylor Branch. “But it became passé pretty quickly.” Too quickly…
“The force behind the idea of nonviolence was given its most powerful run in the civil-rights era,” says Taylor Branch. “But it became passé pretty quickly.” Too quickly… [More]

Question about Justice, Love - Charles Taliaferro responds

Should love between a man and woman be diminished in any way by differing political viewpoints? My boyfriend and I both think politics is a minor part of life that neither of us gets directly
Should love between a man and woman be diminished in any way by differing political viewpoints? My boyfriend and I both think politics is a minor part of life that neither of us gets directly [More]

Question about Science - Allen Stairs responds

When does successful prediction provide strong evidence? Response from: Allen Stairs Here's a sort of rule-of-thumb answer that I find useful. Roughly, we should ask ourselves how surprising the
When does successful prediction provide strong evidence? Response from: Allen Stairs Here's a sort of rule-of-thumb answer that I find useful. Roughly, we should ask ourselves how surprising the [More]