Rachel Dolezal: Race, Gender, Sex, and Social Group Membership

And now for the intriguing case of Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington NAACP leader who was born white but identifies and represents herself as black. This was working well for her — she’s been passing as black for years, apparently — until a few days… Continue Reading

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Pulse: You Are a Series of Non-Repeating Events

I often find myself wondering with fascination about the role experience plays in shaping our conception of the world. Recently, I was inspired to think about repetition in this context. That is, we have a deep sense that there are repeating events. But… Continue Reading

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In Favor of Compositional Nihilism: A Response to the Organicism of van Inwagen

In his impressive book, Material Beings, Peter van Inwagen argues in favor of an organicist theory of composition, in which the only things that count as composites are living organisms. This is to say, then, that mugs, tables, automobiles, stones,… Continue Reading

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In Defense of Sensitivity: Nozick, Kripke, and Predicate Exclusivity

In his book, Philosophical Explanations, in the chapter “Knowledge and Skepticism,” Robert Nozick endeavors to construct a set of conditions that are jointly sufficient for knowledge. Let’s call this the ‘truth-tracking’ account of knowledge. Truth-tracking is meant to deal with a range… Continue Reading

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Discursive Formations in Foucault’s Archaeological Historical Analysis

The following is in response to a question that often comes up regarding the causal relationship between Foucault’s “discursive formations” and human behavior, and the extent to which, if at all, the ambiguity with which Foucault accounts for this relationship… Continue Reading

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Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget, Part II: Bachelardian Neoteny

“If you get deep enough, you get trapped. Stop calling yourself a user. You are being used.” – Jaron Lanier, in reference to Facebook ——————— Last week, I explored some of my reactions to the first half of Jaron Lanier’s… Continue Reading

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Update: Lanier, Jodorowsky, de Beauvoir, Airbender, et al.

Last week I finished up another semester of classes and have a few weeks free, so I have some time to work on some other projects, including getting some posts done for this blog. I don’t have a particular topic… Continue Reading

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Group Agency, Voting, Same-Sex Marriage

“Callin’ it your job don’t make it right, boss.” –Cool Hand Luke I. Overview: Philip Pettit on Group Agency The other day, I heard a fascinating interview with philosopher Philip Pettit on the Philosophy Bites podcast. The topic was group agency… Continue Reading

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Update: Schoenberg, Let the Right One In, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pandora, Pareidolia and More…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I have more extensive posts in the works, but I figured I should at least do a little update for now. Where have I been? This summer has been very full. I… Continue Reading

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