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Of the External Senses

This essay is well worth a read. H/T to Brian Glenney for bringing it to my attention (I hang my head in shame for not having read it before). Adam SmithCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceDavid HumeDescartesEssayexternal worldhumeLockePhilosophyPhilosophy of mindqualiaSmithSocial SciencesTreatise of Human Nature


Intersubjectivity and Objectivity in Adam Smith and Edmund Husserl

This is a highly unusual collection worth checking out, co-edited by the very excellent Dagfinn Føllesdal – for the first time here is a work that seriously brings Adam Smith into the orbit of cogsci: Contents Preface Introduction Contributors Can we have objective knowledge of the world? Can we understand what is morally right or wrong?…


Beyond Complexity: Can The Sensory Order Defend the Liberal Self?

My chum Chor-yung Cheung who like myself is both an Oakeshottian and a Hayekian introduces his paper below: Friedrich Hayek’s social philosophy is one of the most systematic and sophisticated among the contributions made by 20th-century liberal thinkers. His defense of the free market and individual freedom and his critique of collectivism of various kinds are…