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The French Republic denounces the French State

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10 “In tribute to the thousands of Jews of the Rhone who were tortured and executed, deported and exterminated in 1942, 1943, and 1944. Let the locations of their martyrdom be engraved in our memory: Fort Montluc, … Continue reading

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nature includes our inner lives

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10(posted in Montreal) For natural philosophy everything perceived is in nature. We may not pick up and choose. For us the red glow of the sunset should be as much part of nature as are the molecules … Continue reading

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some thoughts on natural law

Facebook12 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 14 Those RULES of old discover’d, not devis’d,Are Nature still, but Nature methodis’d;Nature, like liberty, is but restrain’dBy the same laws which first herself ordain’d. – Pope, An Essay on Criticism (writing here of aesthetic laws) … … Continue reading

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how to think about the self (Buddhist and Kantian perspectives)

Facebook11 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 14I. Buddhist arguments A Buddhist argument for “no self” goes like this: Look inward–as hard as you want–for some unchanging “I” or “self.” You cannot find it. All you’ll find are physical sensations, feelings, perceptions, volitions, and … Continue reading

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judgment in a world of power and institutions: outline of a view

Facebook8 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 11 Judgment or practical reason (i.e., deciding what is right to do) means forming beliefs about facts, values, and strategies. It is sometimes worth trying to isolate the factual beliefs in order to test them empirically. But … Continue reading

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in defense of (some) implicit bias

Facebook18 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 20I hope that if there were an implicit bias test for Nazism, I would demonstrate a strong negative bias. Shown rapid-fire images of swastikas and Nazi leaders, I would be unable to associate them with positive words … Continue reading

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decoding institutions

Facebook12 Twitter3 Google+0Total: 15Today I presented at Tufts’ Science, Technology & Society lunch seminar series on how knowledge and power interrelate. My basic thesis was that knowledge is produced by institutions, which are fields of power. Assessing knowledge therefore requires … Continue reading

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we should be debating the big social and political paradigms

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15[The following post is inspired by Rogers Smith’s recent APSA presidential address, and I believe is consistent with it, but I incorporate some additional elements.] Consider a sample of articles about politics, or society more generally. One … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations theory and political processes

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18Moral Foundations theory is an important body of research that has generated significant findings. It belongs to a somewhat larger category of research about morality that has these features: Many individuals are asked for their moral judgments … Continue reading

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trying to keep myself honest

Facebook43 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 44(Madrid) This summer–which is not over yet–has already been full of rich and challenging discussions for which I am grateful. In June, I spent several days discussing some lesser-known works of Friedrich Hayek with a group of … Continue reading

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