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Recalibrating Pragmaticism published 29/04/2017

A true belief is the best belief we human beings could come to—a belief that would really account for the reasons and evidence were we to inquire as far as we fruitfully could. Here it is with the Ramseyan inflection: A belief is a habit with which we meet the world and true beliefs are the best habits we could have.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Cheryl Misak.

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A City is Not a Tree published 28/04/2017

One of the things that entertained me the most in the writing of this book was the way in which these contradictions reared up at every turn. I think, in fact, it’s hard to define what Epping Forest is all about without talking about contradiction, and the involvement of the Corporation is a great example of this. If you think of Crass’s role in Stop the City during the early ’80s, the nucleus of activists at Claremont Road who formed Reclaim the Streets in the mid-90s and then the Corporation’s role in evicting the Occupy protestors from St Pauls, you kind of have the flawed dynamic of the book pretty much encapsulated.

Andrew Stevens gets lost in a Strange Labyrinth with Will Ashon.

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All You Wanted to Know About Plato on Meno’s Paradox, and Other Gems published 17/04/2017

The reason we can’t attain the highest level of knowledge while incarnate is that we can’t then wholly escape the influence of the body (and so of perception and of certain desires that take us away from thinking properly); and that prevents us from understanding fully what forms are, which one must do in order to have the highest level of knowledge, which in the Phaedo he calls phronesis (wisdom). However, we can train ourselves, while incarnate, to distance ourselves from the body enough to be able to acquire some knowledge.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Gail Judith Fine.

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Just War published 08/04/2017

Just because someone’s doing something wrong, doesn’t mean it’s wrong for you to support them, if there’s no way to get them to do right, and if your only other alternative makes things go even worse. Everyone knows that we can’t just blindly follow our leaders when they act unjustly; but what I point out is that we also can’t just blindly defy them either.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Saba Bazargan-Forward

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Bookshops — An interview with Jorge Carrión published 07/04/2017

The bibliography about libraries is abundant: that of bookshops, in turn, is minimal. Departing from this fundamental difference, between their importance within academic tradition, one can establish many other contrapositions. Libraries are almost always public; the bookshops, private. Libraries hardly change site; bookshops are more nomadic, they are constantly on the move.

Jorge Carrión and Carlos Fonseca on the nature of bookshops and much more.

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Weighing Goods and People: Ethics out of Economics: Rationality through Reasoning…and Climate Change published 02/04/2017

The world doesn’t work by agreement. We have political processes whose whole purpose is to manage disagreement. What we have to do as philosophers is figure things out as well as we can, and present our conclusions to the world, using the best arguments we can find. That is our contribution to the political process.

Continuing the End Times series Richard Marshall interviews John Broome.

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French Continentals published 31/03/2017

In general, the reversal of Platonism is a reversal of a hierarchy. As in Nietzsche, the reversal of Platonism in Deleuze is the reversal of being and becoming. The stakes of the reversal of Platonism seem to be solely ontological: break free of the ancient doctrine of icons and models and of the modern notion of representation with its four shackles: identity, resemblance, analogy, and negation. Raise up difference, dis-similarity, disparity and inequality…
… There is no question in my mind that Derrida varied and developed his idea of deconstruction across his career. However, now I think that three versions are continuous. Together they probably define what you are calling Derrida’s “ethos.” The three versions are: (1) the reversal of hierarchies (as in the reversal of Platonism); (2) the attempt to be just; and (3) the impossible.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Leonard Lawler.

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Psychobilly, qu’est-ce que c’est? published 27/03/2017

I was a mod 1980-1986, I then got into Acid Jazz, I took my first E in ‘88, 89 and I kind of thought, as I’d always been interested in mods in the sixties getting into acid, that mods had gone two ways, they’d either become skinheads or took acid. And I thought that in the eighties that was our acid period, that was our Haight-Ashbury, our summer of love and I was a year or so late to it, but I remember thinking that ‘This is it! Ecstasy will unite the world!’, it’ll whatever.

Andrew Stevens talks subcultures and pulp fiction with Paul Hallam.

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Reasons Why published 25/03/2017

If all I want is for my life not to go well, then if I get what I want my life is not going well, in which case (according to the theory) I am not getting what I want, which is a contradiction. You also get a contradiction on the assumption that I do not get what I want.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Bradford Skow.

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Defiant Pose Revisited: An Interview with Stewart Home published 24/03/2017

I wrote it in 1989 and so it was actually written 27 years ago, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good I found the book when I reread it. I didn’t discuss it with anyone at the time, and got various friends of mine to pose as me for press interviews. I didn’t do any readings from it until 1993 either. I knew the scene in which the main character Terry Blake recites Abiezer Coppe was a groove sensation because I still read it. Well recite it, I got the idea to recite my work live in part from that passage, since I wanted to mirror what the narrator was doing, although generally I’m not also getting a blow job while I’m reciting that piece in public.

Bridget Penney interviews Stewart Home.

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