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Equality

[Revised entry by Stefan Gosepath on April 26, 2021. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] This article is concerned with social and political equality. In its prescriptive usage, 'equality' is a highly contested concept. Its normally positive connotation gives it a rhetorical power suitable for use in political slogans (Westen 1990). At least since the French Revolution, equality has served as one of the leading ideals of the body politic; in this respect, it is at present probably the most controversial of the great social ideals. There is controversy concerning the precise notion of equality, the relation [More]

D.C. Statehood

With the Democrats just barely controlling the House, they passed a bill aimed at granting D.C. statehood. This bill now goes to the Senate where it will, one assumes, be filibustered. This matter raises the question of whether D.C. should become a state. From a pragmatic standpoint, Republicans generally oppose D.C. statehood because making D.C. [More]

Spinoza’s Physical Theory

[Revised entry by Richard Manning on April 24, 2021. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Spinoza's thought stands at an uneasy and volatile period in the development of physical theory. His physical science is largely Cartesian, both in content and rationalistic method. It is harshly dismissive of the "occult qualities, intentional species, substantial forms, and a thousand other trifles" (letter 60, to Boxel) of pre-revolutionary scholastic natural philosophy. It is likewise antagonistic to the new Baconian experimentalism, holding that empirical findings can at best present examples of what [More]

Evolutionary Game Theory

[Revised entry by J. McKenzie Alexander on April 24, 2021. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Evolutionary game theory originated as an application of the mathematical theory of games to biological contexts, arising from the realization that frequency dependent fitness introduces a strategic aspect to evolution. Recently, however, evolutionary game theory has become of increased interest to economists, sociologists, and anthropologists--and social scientists in general--as well as philosophers. The interest among social scientists in a theory with explicit biological roots derives from three facts. First, [More]

Vaccination

In the fall, I contracted COVID and it was the sickest I have been in my life. Not being a member of the ruling class, I had to rely solely on my immune system to get through it. I obviously did not die but seemed to have some lasting effects: persistent fatigue and breathing issues. [More]

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