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The Whole Truth

There is no way to establish fully secured, neat protocol statements as starting points of the sciences. There is no tabula rasa. We are like sailors who have to rebuild their ship on the open sea, without ever being able to dismantle it in dry-dock and reconstruct it from its best components.

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The Hermeneutic of the Dangerous Question

In a  world where theory and practice are in ever-greater harmony, can there be such a thing as a dangerous question?

Outside of a Lovecraft story, the very idea seems bewildering. 4,311 more words


Does the Is-Ought Divide Make Atrocities More Palatable?

Those who might object to the incendiary title of this post need to stop being such mood affiliators. I’m merely asking a positive question, quit being so normative about it! 3,142 more words


The Process and Politics of Systemic Change

Scott Alexander is worried about the siren song of systemic change. His concerns combine the limits of knowledge with the nature of politics. This is something I’ve… 3,995 more words


Gadamer: Play

This suggests a general characteristic of the nature of play that is reflected in playing: all playing is a being-played. The attraction of a game, the fascination it exerts, consists precisely in the fact that the game masters the players.

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Board Games

Language (II)

Language is how we communicate both with ourselves, and with others. It is by this tool that we structure thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas and expressions. Language can be both verbal or visual. 339 more words

Incomplete Virtue

In his essential book on virtue ethics, Daniel Russell advanced two arguments that I found highly novel and provocative.

The first is that the virtues are what he calls vague satis concepts, something… 961 more words