Category Archives: Philosophy

The rise of savage terrorist creeds

This is from Arnold Lunn’s 1939 Communism and Socialism: A Study in the Technique of Revolution. It comes at the start of Chapter XIV, “The Fruits of a False Philosophy”. The waning of the Christian ethic across the world will … Continue reading

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Why don’t things make sense?

The three posts came up sequentially at, each one worth pondering. Irrational doesn’t quite capture it. The impulses in all three stories seem mad and inexplicable. I could say more, but nothing adds up. I can see what people … Continue reading

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What a dud university Cambridge has become!

Having been a visiting scholar there myself, I can attest that the finest thing about the place are its buildings. As for its scholars and scholarship, just bear in mind that I was there to do research in the Keynes … Continue reading

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Stephen Hicks tour cancelled

Due to lack of ticket sales. •WHAT IS POSTMODERNISM? What makes it attractive, why it’s dangerous to Western culture, how it has evolved and mutated into 3rd-generation postmodernism since its first generation in Foucault and Derrida, its connections to neo-Marxism, … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson interviews Stephen Hicks

From the link to the video. Jordan Peterson speaks with Dr. Stephen Hicks – [born in Toronto I might add] – professor in the philosophy department at Rockford University in Illinois. Dr. Hicks is the author of the influential and … Continue reading

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A philosopher defending the merchants of alarm

“my view is that philosophers do better to paint a picture in which we urge trust in the consensus of the scientific community,based on features of that community’s social organization.” (Winsberg p. 161) Philosophy and Climate Science (Cambridge 2018) appears … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Philosophy, Rafe | 13 Comments

Defining deviance up

From Cut & Paste at The Oz: Once a jolly polly offered an apollygy, and other neologisms to celebrate Australia Day. From the cool cats at Catallaxy Files during the past two years: Abbariginal: Fair-skinned blonde claiming Aboriginality for money, money, … Continue reading

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Stephen Hicks, interviews with entrepreneurs

Stephen Hicks is coming to town in March to talk about postmodernism and many other things. He has several strings to his bow and one of his interests is the way that entrepreneurs go about their business. He has conducted … Continue reading

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Stephen Hicks on cultural studies, entrepreneurship and stuff

Professor Stephen Hicks is touring Australia this year and I presume the sponsors will start some PR soon. I only found out about this by accident and I dont even know who the sponsors are. Stephen and I have been … Continue reading

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The true nature of things likes to conceal itself

The proper title of this article is, In defence of Donald Trump, a man of character among a pack of dogs. This is how it ends with much of good sense before the end is reached. I don’t know anyone … Continue reading

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