Monthly Archives: May 2010

A thought on psychology

It occurred to me today that if I had to name what I consider the single most important area for human understanding, I would probably say ‘psychology’. In particular, psychology interests me because it offers the prospect of tying together … Continue reading

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A Snippet

“Because in all ages, as long as mankind has existed, there have also been human herds (family alliances, communities, tribes, peoples, states, churches), and always a great number who obey in proportion to the small number who command – in … Continue reading

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Are Humans Good ‘by Nature’?

Occasionally, while sailing upon the sea of discourse, you can find the idea of ‘humanity’s natural goodness’. Sometimes people are denying it (and attributing it to their opponents), and other times people are affirming it (and attributing its negation to … Continue reading

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Against the Social Contract

It’s typically thought that a contract agreed to under duress is void. Philosophers who have seen the basis of political obligations as something like a contract, therefore, have had to suppose, explicitly or implicitly, that people are not ‘under duress’ … Continue reading

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Decency, Nakedness, and the Social Contract

What is it to see a body? What mental structures are involved in seeing a physical object as the body of a person? I think there are two, potentially opposed, aspects to this. On the one hand, the other’s body … Continue reading

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A Point about Principles and Paradigms

Are human lives more important than profits? Is scientific progress more important than people’s psychological comfort? More challengingly, is stability more important than justice? Is wisdom more important than happiness? Questions of this sort – taking two good things and … Continue reading

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Is Freudianism Crazy?

I found myself discussing Freud today, who I find difficult to evaluate. When people bring him up or ask me what I think of his psychology, I’m usually at a loss how to answer. I think partly this ie because … Continue reading

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