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Some Thoughts on Gender, Part 1: Social Construction and First-Person Authority

One of the recurrent, and predictable, responses that my last post got was ‘but what is gender?’ or ‘but what is gender identity?’ People suggested that it’s evasive or disingenuous to reject ‘gender-critical’ ideology as transphobic while not offering my … Continue reading

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Submit to the Bochum Philosophy of Mind Conference!

Just a quick plug for an upcoming event. My colleagues and I are organising a conference this summer for early-career philosophers. If you’re working on any topic related to philosophy of mind, and you’re ‘early career’ (i.e. not 2 or … Continue reading

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Links and random thoughts

A few posts I’ve read recently, liked a lot, and am sharing here: Libertarian Social Justice Warrior: A Surprisingly Coherent Position. Nicely lays out the case for people interested in social justice to appropriate, if not the label ‘libertarian’, at … Continue reading

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Why I’m anti-marriage, and why I got married.

A few weeks ago I got married, slightly to my surprise. My partner and I both dislike marriage as an institution, but our living situation changed in a way that made it financially and legally advantageous to have a marriage … Continue reading

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Heap of Links: Dutch Elections, Yet More ‘Racism-or-Economics’, and Healthy Fat People

Sadly I haven’t been posting as frequently as I had hoped to, and I’m not really posting today either, but I wanted to throw out some good links. First: The Dutch election seems to have helped the ‘Green Left’ more … Continue reading

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Still making progress

Just a quick link to a discussion of the marked decline of large-scale open armed conflict in the world. “Death tolls from wars in the 1970s and 1980s were 4–5 times higher than they are today. We are, despite reports of … Continue reading

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Blogging Again

I’m re-starting this blog after a hiatus of six years – a hiatus significantly longer than the roughly one year that I actually blogged for, so honestly I’m surprised it’s still here. But here it is, good old wordpress I … Continue reading

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Why I Hate Grading

(EDIT: I keep meaning to give some link-love to a friend’s new blog, If Truth Were a Tomboy, but then forgetting to, so here – go read it) I hate grading. (this post is partly inspired by reading the comments … Continue reading

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One of the More Idiotic of False Equivalences

Sometimes you hear people complain about ‘politically correct’ changes in language by comparing them to Orwellian ‘newspeak’ – for instance, this article makes that claim about the BBC’s move to use ‘CE’ and ‘BCE’ in place of ‘AD’ and ‘BC’. … Continue reading

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Broken Britain

[Edit: On re-reading, I realised this post might be a little confusing. It’s meant as a sort of parody-by-reversal of the usual style of writing about riots and repression, in which the tropes usually employed for talking about poor communities … Continue reading

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