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“The Devil is in the Categories – Metaphysics & Political Thought”

It matters for your social/political theorizing what your basic ontological assumptions are.   Short talk for a conference panel.  Panel is “Critical Theory, Loosely Construed.” spsa-2017-the-devil-is-in-the-categories

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Synthese, On-Line First — “Sublating the Free Will Problematic: Powers, Agency & Causal Determination”

Here is the PDF.  Hopefully Synthese will fix the link that they sent me, which is not presently working.  Also, there is a sentence about Alexander Bird that ends “… identities (or natures).”  It is supposed to end with “essentially.”  … Continue reading

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On David Armstrong

In the book that I am writing – slowly but surely (A Critical Introduction to Causal Powers and Dispositions, for Bloomsbury’s Critical Introductions to Contemporary Metaphysics series) – the governing analytic device is the distinction between anti-passivism and passivism (roughly, … Continue reading

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Emergence, Part 1

There was a lot of discussion of the metaphysics of emergence at the Causal Powers and Sociology conference that we organized this past weekend.  Almost everyone there was someone who’d thought about emergence a lot; many of the people there … Continue reading

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Workshop on Causal Powers & the Social (Yale University, March 4-5)

Click on the link for info! Causal Powers and Social Science Conference_Program Schedule 2016

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Real Possibilities, Indeterminism & Free Will Conference!

Konstanz – talk, 6 Here’s the text of the talk that I gave to open the wonderful conference   https://www.indeterminism.uni-konstanz.de/events/rpifw/ organized by Thomas Müller.  

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Three times and I’m out

I just wrote a new post 3 times.  First two times it was deleted.  Third time I hit “publish” and no go.  WordPress tells me that I can swith to the the “improved posting experience,” which I think that was, … Continue reading

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