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.”
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
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
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
Hubert Dreyfus, Artificial Intelligence, and the Needing Machine
The Zombie Economist
OUR NATIONAL NIGHTMARE
This Has Never Happened Before (January 2017)
Constitutional Rot: A Thought Experiment
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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