Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Social Contract and the Neoliberal State: Problems of Obligation and Resistance

The problem of political obligation is a, if not the, central issue of political philosophy. The problem is to offer rational justifications for the state in the face of the philosophical anarchist charge that authority is not self justified. If … Continue reading

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Kuhnian Anomalies and Evolutionary Thought

One thing that interests me is the question of anomalies and the structure of scientific revolutions as per Thomas Kuhn. We tend to associate anomalies and revolutionary science with the physical sciences, most especially physics. This is unsurprising because ours … Continue reading

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Peak Knowledge and Social Complexity: Are They Linked?

The New York Times carries a thought provoking op-ed by William Gail on what he refers to as a looming new scientific dark age. Let us put aside the quibble that the dark ages might not have been as dark … Continue reading

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Logic and Mind: The Poverty of Adaptation and the Philosophy of Logic Naturalised

One often comes across many “just so stories” in the context of human evolution. One field that has, or perhaps had, almost turned this into an art form is evolutionary epistemology. Take say the following just so story, typical of … Continue reading

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Nuit debout, Everywhere, Every Workplace

What is happening in France is a delight to witness. Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados of Spain, and now Nuit debout in France has recrystallised the opposition to neoliberal globalisation in the West after the movement’s post 9/11 dormancy. The … Continue reading

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Forms at Home in the Universe: On Two Problems of Body

The mind-body problem we are familiar with, so let us not tally with this too much; at least, not yet. There is another problem of body, most famously formulated by Eugene Wigner, in his oft cited paper on the “unreasonable … Continue reading

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Self and Emancipation

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, in many ways the most significant architect of neoliberal Australia, not long ago told a gathering of school students, from Melbourne Grammar no less, that “In the last 30 or 40 years, the quest for … Continue reading

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Australia and the Permanent Revolution for the Rich

Australia is heading toward an election because corporate Australia, by now dominated by multinational corporations, demands of the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, more free market economic reforms so that their coffers may be filled just that little bit more. Hitherto … Continue reading

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