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Kieran Setiya on anti-intellectualism

Damodar

23 day(s) ago

See here. I really admire Setiya for doing public philosophy in addition to his scholarly work!

Roberto

23 day(s) ago

Enjoyed the Anscombe pun!

Yuri

22 day(s) ago

If he's so admirable then why is he posting at that creepy blog?

Zeno

22 day(s) ago

If he's so admirable then why is he posting at that creepy blog?

Yuri

Why do you think that The Daily Ant is "creepy"? (Aside from the fact that it deals in creepy crawly things!)

Alice

21 day(s) ago

Because of Blanchard.

Michal

21 day(s) ago

Because of Blanchard.

Alice

Why is Blanchard creepy? Also, which one are you talking about? Aren't there three of them?

Tai

16 day(s) ago

If he's so admirable then why is he posting at that creepy blog?

Yuri

Why do you think that The Daily Ant is "creepy"? (Aside from the fact that it deals in creepy crawly things!)

Zeno

Yuri doesn't have severe autism, that's why.

Jaakko

7 day(s) ago

Tai - why would Yuri's lack of severe autism mean that he thinks The Daily Ant is "creepy"?

Hilary

7 day(s) ago

[Trigger warning for: ants, genuine philosophy]

According to Kieran Setiya in his essay linked in the OP,

"When we act for reasons, we act “under the guise of the good.” This calls for evaluative capacities ants probably lack. But I don’t think the claim is true. What is true is that, in acting for a reason, you take your reason to explain what you are doing, to be a reason why you are doing it. For instance, you know that you are reading this post in order to learn about philosophy through ants, but that doesn’t mean you think it’s a good idea."

Isn't the "guise of the good" stuff pretty much dogma in philosophy? I find it hard to imagine doing something for a reason without thinking that it is a GOOD reason.

Harry

7 day(s) ago

Ever do something dangerous and harmful while you knew (or simply believed) that it would end badly? Perhaps you haven’t. Maybe that’s good for you


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