Category Archives: Philosophy of Conflict

Deeper thinking about what conflict means and how to think about it

My evening with Joan Robinson and the Tractatus: Edward Fullbrook

A marvelous piece from Real World Economics on intellectual development and intellectual integrity and also about economics but that’s not the main point:  “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money was the first book I ever read with pleasure.  I … Continue reading

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Building on Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind

I was knocked out by the approach Jon Haidt developed in this book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion”. Among other things it provided me with some really important and prescient insights into the … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Personal Experiment

There is this paradox at both the personal level and the political level. When there is a lot of pain is when we most need to try something new, to experiment even on a small scale with new approaches, new … Continue reading

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Brexit as a Game of Chicken: Tim Harford

I thought this article very insightful, though I also had in mind the views of a friend of mine, a former/recovered economist, who calls Theresa May “Mugabe May” because he thinks May will damage the UK economy as much as … Continue reading

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Zen Koan for the Real Populists not the Plutocracy’s Puppet Populists

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The Problem with Conspiracy Theorists: My Top Ten Insights

I guess I spent some of 2016 arguing with conspiracy theorists, especially of the Alt Left variety, so I thought I would list the meta problems I experienced: Conspiracy theorists have a grossly exaggerated sense of how much control anyone … Continue reading

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Neurathian Bootstrap

Someone asked: “Those of you standing on higher ground, what are you standing on now?” And I answered, that apart from the Welsh Mountains of my mind: Neurathian bootstrap Neurath’s boat is a simile used in anti-foundational accounts of knowledge, … Continue reading

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