A sketch of a layered solution to the interpersonal comparison problem

NOTE: These days this is not my main blog. My main blog is a (free) Substack. You can check it out here: https://philosophybear.substack.com/ I can’t explain, the state that I’m in, the state of my heart, he was my best friend. -Sufjan Stevens, Wasps of the Pallisades My Ph.D. is partly about the interpersonal comparison problem. … Continue reading A sketch of a layered solution to the interpersonal comparison problem

A very brief argument for materialism about power

Materialism is roughly a view which places special emphasis on economic conditions- production, exchange, and consumption in the analysis of society. Materialism about power then is the view that social power has an absolutely central foundation in economic conditions. Through most of recorded human history, materialism about power would have been utterly humbug, a triviality not … Continue reading A very brief argument for materialism about power

How to do things to words: mapping a post-analytic philosophy of concepts and intuitions

Introduction I wrote my honours thesis on experimental philosophy, almost a decade ago. I then went on unsuccessfully attempt a PhD. My feeling at the time was a feeling common to many philosophy undergraduates, but usually eventually beaten out of them. It seemed to me that many debates in philosophy were really, at heart, semantic … Continue reading How to do things to words: mapping a post-analytic philosophy of concepts and intuitions

Movements are always a distorted lens on the ideas they embody

Please don’t hate me for this one. I don’t think I’m better than other people. I’m just laying out in blunt terms what others have tiptoed around. The problem I want to spell something out in this post that I think many people know, but which goes underarticulated because it’s kind of mean. I apologise … Continue reading Movements are always a distorted lens on the ideas they embody