Saturday, April 14, 2012

Troy Jollimore, an academic philosopher, whose "areas of research interest include normative ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of literature and film", and who studied under Harry Frankfurt (author of "On Bullshit" and "On Truth"), reviews the autobiography of Claude Lanzmann in Salon. [update: the link is dead, but it was cross posted here.]   Adam Shatz reviews the same book in the LRB. It's a great piece. Read both to see in their relation all the failures of contemporary scholasticism. I sent the links to Leiter, hoping for a defense of expertise. I don't expect a reply this time.

Colin McGinn keeps at it with all the desperation of a Stalinist: "But it is really quite clear that academic philosophy is a science." There is no science of history, no science of philosophy, and no science of politics.

At Crooked Timber white people are discussing racism and trying to help Duncan Black pick his "wanker of the decade".


1-Duncan Black/Atrios, cracks a joke
David Duke, president of Americans in Support of Palestinian Freedom, a D.C.-based human rights group, said "Since last year, we have gotten well over 200 complaints of human rights abuses. It's time our lawmakers recognize these injustices."
2- Duncan Black's neighborhood was majority black before the redevelopment that brought him in. It's now 67% White and 12% black. That link leads to another, to a piece by Zadie Smith. Read it after reading Adam Shatz.

3- "I'm not even asking it to allow full, equal citizenship to Arab Israelis, since that would require Israel no longer being a Jewish state. I'm actually pretty willing to compromise my liberalism for Israel's security and for its status as a Jewish state."

Peter Beinart admits that Israel is founded on bigotry, why won't Henry Farrell?

4- Back to my most popular post: "We're voting for the nigger"

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