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When and Why Nationalism Beats Globalism

Here’s a nuanced and deep analysis on Brexit and extrapolations for a wider phenomenon. Those who truly want to understand what is happening should carefully consider the complex interplay of globalization, immigration, and changing values. Since many academics are in the business of activism masquerading as inquiry, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’d urge the more intellectually honest…

Why Concepts Creep to the Left

She asked for my love and I gave her a dangerous mind Now she’s stupid in the street and she can’t socialise — Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) One really has to be skeptical of the extensional and intensional adequacy of the concepts under discussion (this over and above the standard political labels of mutual…

Our Greatest Living Public Intellectual

Having listened to some 100 hours of “rabbi” Jonathan Haidt I’ve come to this conclusion. (Yes, the usual scratched record names will be proffered along with the activist wannabes, but their time is now over, and long overdue at that — advocacy is not inquiry!). Haidt has the empirical credentials, the philosophical credentials and equally importantly he…

David Hume

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. (Commemorating the birth of the greatest moral psychologist of all). David HumeMoral psychologypassionReason

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

Patricia Churchland talking at the very excellent Santa Fe Institute. brain scienceCognitive neurosciencecomplexityconsciousnessdarwinEvolutionary PsychologyMaterialismMoral psychologyNeurophilosophyPatricia ChurchlandPhilosophy of mindsanta fe institutesituated cognitionSpontaneous order

Philosophizing the Social Brain

The in-press intro to the themed issue on philosophical approaches to social neuroscience, freely available here. CognitionCognitive neuroscienceconsciousnessMindreadingMoral psychologyPhil RobbinsPhilosophyPhilosophy of mindsituated cognitionsocial epistemologySocial Neuroscience

Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith

Now that the ms has been shipped off to the publisher here is the finalized lineup: Foreword — Vernon Smith Adam Smith as a Scottish Philosopher — Gordon Graham Friendship in Commercial Society Revisited: Adam Smith on Commercial Friendship — Spyridon Tegos Adam Smith and French Political Economy: Parallels and Differences — Laurent Dobuzinskis Adam Smith: 18th Century…