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Radical Temporality and the Modern Moral Imagination: Two Themes in the Thought of Michael Oakeshott

In “Radical Temporality and the Modern Moral Imagination,” Timothy Fuller, the dean of American Oakeshottian studies, powerfully evokes Oakeshott’s conception of the endlessness of practical life, which ceaselessly attempts to reconcile “what is” with “what ought to be.” This constitutes the “radical temporality” referred to in the title of his essay, and Fuller goes on…

Remembering Ken Minogue

Born on this day — see the themed issue of Cosmos + Taxis dedicated to Ken. Here is Ken at his elegant and wry best in Morals & the servile mind. I think Ken would have been chuffed by BREXIT not necessarily because of which side actually won, but because of which side was the most arrogant. Clue .…

Empire of Sin

Here is Walter Isaacson’s review of Gary Krist’s Empire of Sin. Storyville’s sporting houses became cribs for jazz. Like most of the creative culture of New Orleans, this new style of music was spawned by the town’s diversity. Flowing together on the street corners were the sounds of marching brass bands, church spirituals, plantation blues, Creole…

Bernard Williams

It’s been about 18 months since my last posting on Bernard Williams. Having worked my way through Bryan Magee’s excellent series (Men of Ideas and The Great Philosophers) my original perception that BW was the best performer of both series, remains in tact 25 years on (Searle being the other good performer though I think BW…

The Moral Lives of Animals

Check out this discussion featuring Mark Rowlands on the possibility. Of course, Mark aside from being a preeminent extended mind philosopher has the unusual experience of having lived with a wolf for a decade. animalsExtended MindExternalismMark Rowlandsmorality

Pat Churchland’s latest

Touching a Nerve. It was a pleasure to attend a series of talks by Pat last year. Below is a filmed record of one of those talks. BrainCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessidentitymoralityNeurophilosophyneurosciencePatricia Churchlandphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindtouching a nerve