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Leszek Kolakowski, 1927-2009

Leszek Kołakowski, the philosopher and communist dissident who spent most of his …

A Follow-up on Grief

by JL Wall First, if you’re so inclined, go read Sharon’s post …

Michael Jackson, the Public Spectacle, and Approximations of Grief

by JL Wall Sharon Astyk lights on something rather interesting in her …

When Day Jobs Attack

Starting this afternoon I’ll be teaching a six-week course on modern philosophy …

Certain Doubts, ctd.

“Secondly, We may observe that opinions which contradict first principles, are distinguished, …

Linker On Doubt, ctd.

As an addendum to H.C.’s excellent post below, I can’t help wondering …

An Introduction and a Link About Beans

By H.C. Johns Hello all! As John said yesterday in his extremely …

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Some News

But first, these may be the smartest sentences I’ve read so far …

Virtue and Reason

Concerning a discussion of evidence for moral codes among non-human animals, Lee …

“Silly” Arguments Against Hate Crime Laws?

Responding to what I take to include my criticisms of laws defining …

Thought Experiments, ctd.

Damon Linker has up a response (check the second update) to my …

“Against Thought-Experiments”

At the Scene, I explain why thinking clearly about torture means thinking …

Why Torture Is Wrong

I pretty much shared Daniel’s opinion of Jim Manzi’s demand for a …

In Other News, Hillary Clinton Will Soon Begin Running the State Department According to Female Intuition

Does Conor Friedersdorf’s great post on torture really lead with a quote …

In Defense of Alice Waters

Friends and readers have been inquiring whether, given my previous praise for …

Freedom’s Underside, Pt. III

by JL Wall E.D. Kain, on Iraq: But that should call in …

Why “Marriage” Matters

A couple of weeks ago, after I posted my unpublished same-sex marriage …