About this Blog

Welcome to Against the Logicians.

The title comes from Sextus Empiricus, a Pyrrhonian skeptic who lived during the beginning of the decline of the Roman Empire.

“The sceptic encounters philosophers who often disparage common belief and claim an authority for doctrines that transcends the brute acceptance of the plain man. The sceptic simply takes these philosophers at their word, meets them on their own grounds, and then shows that they cannot satisfy their own demands.”

Robert Fogelin

The following are some posts that later posts have built on…

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Background Part I: The New Deal Era

Background Part II: The Reagan Era

Background Part III: Today

Moving Beyond the Reagan Era

Interlude: The academic left, imaginary politics, and the Reagan era

What so few economists know, but all the good legal scholars understand

A Critique of “Critique”: What Is Still Wrong with the Academic Left

After Trump: A Progressive Manifesto

Markets Are Government Creations: A Resource Guide

The Tragedy of the Obama Administration

PHILOSOPHY

What is wrong with academic philosophy today?

Peter Unger, Raymond Geuss, and internal criticism of academic philosophy

Where can philosophy go after Wittgenstein?

Philosophy after Wittgenstein: Deleuze’s production of concepts

Philosophy after Wittgenstein: Wittgensteinian philosophical history

When to support a war: consequentialist + deontological justification

LITERATURE

The Book of Job: Some Thoughts

Why are defenses of the humanities so weak?

 A defense of the humanities

 A second defense of the humanities

A defense of a defense of the humanities

A third defense of the humanities

Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and the Decline of the Literary Humanities

MORE THOUGHTS ON THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Sources of political disagreement: “tribal cognition” versus “cultural cognition”

Wendell Berry, Deep Ecology, and Hermit Studies

A hierarchy of political needs?

Thucydides and the Social Sciences (Autobiographical)

Max Weber and Political Ethics

Mapping Politics: Corey Robin and Mary Douglas

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Hubert Dreyfus, Artificial Intelligence, and the Needing Machine

VIDEO

The Zombie Economist

OUR NATIONAL NIGHTMARE

This Has Never Happened Before (January 2017)

Constitutional Rot: A Thought Experiment

FICTION

If (the novel) arrives

An interview about If at Electric Literature

An interview about If at SeattleWrote

Emily Short, interactive fiction, and If (a novel)

If and Gamebooks

Dendritic fiction: The structure of If

If, Modernism, and Metamodernism

Freedom (translated from the German)

“Finally, Whites Come First”

McSweeney’s: “Artisanal Coal”

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