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Post “ Post-Truth”: Are We There Yet?

One of my favorite, most formidable and most intellectually honest philosophers, Susan Haack, has made available this recent paper. (Stay tuned for an upcoming festschrift for Susan marking her 75!). If you find the “activism masquerading as inquiry” sorts tiresome and disingenuous, you should really check out Susan’s less technical stuff.   EpistemologyevidencemetaphysicsPeircepost modernismsusan haacktestimonyTruth

Walker Percy Wednesday 171

IT IS A MATTER for astonishment, when one comes to think of it, how little use linguistics and other sciences of language are to psychiatrists. When one considers that the psychiatrist spends most of his time listening and talking to patients, one might suppose that there would be such a thing as a basic science of listening-and-talking, as indispensable to…

The American Evasion of Pragmatism: Souls, Science, and The Case of Walker Percy

Here’s a very good article by Rob Chodat It is the scientist’s “being-in-the-world” that allows her to describe planets and bacteria, “things and subhuman organisms,” but the “being-in-the-world” of the layman occupies what Percy calls a “different sort of reality,” resting upon the linguistic and social ties that constitute a “non-material, non-measurable entity.” And what holds…

C. S. Peirce and F. A. Hayek on the Abstract Nature of Sensation and Cognition

Here is the intro to Jim Wibble’s fascinating paper, the full version available here. When exploring ideas on philosophy of science and economic methodology, one of the most unusual articles that one can encounter is Hayek’s well-known piece, “The Primacy of the Abstract”. In a note in the article, Hayek tells us that he had…