Category Archives: Publicize your work

On Social Ontology – Capitalism, Racism, Patriarchy

Here’s a link to a talk that I just gave on the metaphysics of capital/capitalism.   Also some discussion of white supremacy and patriarchy. the-fetishism-of-commodities-and-the-metaphysical-secret-thereof-2  

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“Powers, Essentialism & Agency …

… : A Reply to Alexander Bird.” Here, in talk form, is an overdue reply to my friend Alexander.  Presented by Skype to a conference on powers and essentialism organized by the philosophy department of American University in Beirut this … Continue reading

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Social Structures as Causes

This is a memo for an upcoming working conference on social ontology from a powers-based perspective.  We were charged with setting out something that vexes us, that we are trying to sort out.  All thoughts welcome!  Sorry about the formatting … Continue reading

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“Why Can’t I be Neutral About What Causation Is?”

Here’s the plenary talk (“On the Myth of Metaphysical Neutrality”) that I gave last week at the annual Critical Realism conference.  The talk was connected to Ontology Revisted: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosohy (Routledge, 2012) having won the Cheryl … Continue reading

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Conference – “Traditions of Ideology-Critique” (July 23-25, 2015)

This powers-friendly conference brings together Aristotelians, Marxists and Thomists to talk about ideology and ideology-critique.  Keynote speakers are Christian Thorne (Williams College), Vanessa Wills (George Washington University) and Jeff Bishop (Saint Louis University).  Topics range from religion, to race, to … Continue reading

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Contemporary Humean Metaphysics & the Commodity Form

Hi all, Sorry for the hiatus.  I’ll try to think of some good ways to jump start conversation, but for now – though this might do it – here is an outline of a talk I’m set to give next … Continue reading

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On Causal Mechanisms

Hi all, I continue to encourage you to post your own powers-related thoughts, news of your own work and news of all manner of related resource.  I’ve made categories that allow you to just “Reply” so that the posts don’t … Continue reading

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