Category Archives: Philosophy

Consensus and majority voting: merely different strategies, not principles.

The argument often put forward for consensus, that it respects the freedom of the participants in a group by not forcing them to agree to a decision which they reject, makes little sense to me. So long as a group … Continue reading

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Some quick ideas for an Analytic Anarchism program

I’ll be writing up a consideration of Alan Carter’s much more developed approach to the same topic soon. I’ve argued previously that analytic philosophy has a lot to give anarchism and vice-versa. Naturally this is a project that’s already begun … Continue reading

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Conceptual analysis and metaphysics- what gap?

There’s a view in philosophy on which you can be doing one of two things, conceptual analysis or talking about the world. These things are held to be quite distinct, none of this is to say that it’s impossible to … Continue reading

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Notes on a scandal. Towards a theory of the institutional origins of academic and pop-cultural relativism.

Why are non-philosophers so attracted to philosophical relativism? Seriously, please tell us. Things seem to have gotten a little better over the last five years. Nonetheless there was a period in which being a relativist, about truth, morality and other … Continue reading

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An incredibly one-sided account of why Analytic Philosophy tends not to be radical, and a plea for more radical Analytic Philosophy.

Anyone who has either met me or read this blog has probably figured out by now that I am both a political radical (an anarcho-communist to be precise) and an Analytic Philosopher (broadly aligned with some mix of neo-positivism and … Continue reading

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Persons, Animalism and Biological Communitarianism

According animalism, Pete the person continues to exist just in case Pete the human animal continues to exist. The animal Pete is presumably to be identified with a particular  Homo sapiens. Thus suffering a stroke which shuts down all your … Continue reading

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The Egalitarian Case for Shoplifting

By redistributive I mean reducing the holdings of the rich in favor of those less well off. Almost all political philosophers who believe in redistribution believe that there’s not enough of it going on in our society. Thus the egalitarian … Continue reading

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