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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…

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Methodological Individualism, Structural Constraints, and Social Complexity

In press: bumper themed issue guest edited by the very excellent Francesco Di Iorio 1. DI IORIO, Francesco: “Introduction: Methodological Individualism, Structural Constraints, and Social Complexity” 2. NADEAU: Robert: “Cultural Evolution, Group Selection, and Methodological Individualism” 3. ANTISERI, Dario: “Social research between the Use and Abuse of Reason” 4. PETITOT, Jean: “Complex Methodological Individualism” 5.…

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Of Love and Politics

Aurelian Craiutu reviews Oakeshott’s Notebooks, 1922-86. I don’t share the view that: If Oakeshott were alive today, he would welcome the fact that “the politics of faith” against which he wrote memorable pages seem to have lost some of its appeal. I think that the centre has not held at all and is at its narrowest band…

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Some Bernard Williams Quotes

Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire. Utilitarians are often immensely conscientious people, who work for humanity and give up meat for the sake of the animals. They think this is what they morally ought to do and feel guilty if they do not live up to their own standard. They do not, and…