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Sunday
May172015

Is There Any Interest in Scholarly Outlines in Political Science?

Curious if there is any sort of market for publishing really well done outlines for politics subjects, like there is for law school. Obviously it couldn't be the same kind of interest, because the information really isn't standard or part of a real profession (science). But I confess to think that it is interesting nonetheless, and that I would prefer this sort of thing over an encyclopedia or treatise if I found it in a bookstore. I think history and philosophy are the kinds of fields that would benefit from this too.

... just thinking out loud.

Thursday
Oct092014

Seeking Feedback on a New Book Proposal

I am seeking feedback on the enclosed proposal. I wonder if people think it looks like a viable project? Would the thesis of such a book interest you? Basically, the book is a bit personal: it's based upon an intellectual transformation that I went through and how I came to see the fields of political science, law, and philosophy so differently. The premise is that Wittgenstein did this to me. But the important part is not that -- it is: (a) what this "new thinking" is; and (b) why it is important for other scholars to think this way. The enthymeme here is that the fields of law, political science and philosophy need more Wittgensteinians.

Anyway, here is the proposal:

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Monday
Aug182014

Flexible Constitution in Paperback

Sunday
May252014

Star Trek, Transporter Machine & Souls

Updated on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:29PM by Registered CommenterSean Wilson

I don't agree that the captain would die or that the reconstituted captain would be a new person. The point seems to be based upon philosophy of soul. ... In Christian metaphysics, souls leave bodies at death and sometimes go back in them. So the beaming and reconstituting of molecules seems not to trouble anything, so long as, somehow, souls go along with the transport. If you don't believe in souls, that's another issue.

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Monday
May192014

Wittgenstein on Mind and Brains

This set of lectures covers some basic ideas in Wittgenstein's approach to mind/body issues. This is intended to be cursory only. A more extensive foray will occur the next time the course is taught. Readers may also want to consult segments from a prior topic: Calculation is a Behavior.

Brains and Mind
Vulcan Mind Meld
Consciousness
Brains as Computers
Psychological Grammar