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Extrapolating Protagoras' Man-the-Measure Doctrine


In the spirit of my Extrapolating Plato’s Definition of Being, in which I took a short passage from Plato and extrapolated it beyond its originally intended scope, I would like to take a famous line from Protagoras and also extrapolate this beyond its originally intended scope. 879 more words

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Aristotle and Descartes On Teleology Part Two

This is the second part of a series that explores the ideas of two important philosophers, Aristotle and Descartes.  This topic is fascinating to me because many thinkers either love or hate Descartes (and also Aristotle).  1,641 more words


Aristotle and Descartes on Teleology Part One

There is little doubt in intellectual history that Rene Descartes is a formidable and influential philosopher. In many standard philosophy textbooks, Descartes is often considered the father of modern philosophy. 1,384 more words



Here I have written far more than I set out to (it was originally supposed to be a couple of tweets), and this awkwardly-sized post is only intended to flag an issue rather than deal with it in a systematic way. 938 more words

Intellectual History

JHI 79:1 Available

The latest issue of the Journal of the History of Ideas, volume 9 number 1, is now available in print, and online at Project Muse… 200 more words

Intellectual History

The Historiography of Big History


In Rational Reconstructions of Time I described a series of intellectual developments in historiography in which big history appeared in the penultimate position as a recent historiographical innovation. 1,980 more words

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Facts and intellectual history

In September 2017,  while preparing for the workshop on Sieber that we hosted in Lausanne, I listened to the podcast of a lecture by David D’Avry on “ 590 more words

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