Category Archives: Pragmatism

Brand and pluralism

The free market is at least partially redeemed by the emergence and development of brand positioning. Brand positioning is strategic pluralism.

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Morality and experiment

What is the pragmatic “cash value” of a person’s moral vision? I propose this: Where is that person motivated or resistant to experiment, at what cost and at what risk? * Where: What possibilities of reality does the experimenter wish … Continue reading

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Law of Reason

To neither lose one’s receptivity nor to lose oneself in it: uncompromising enforcement of the law of reason on all, most of all oneself. * “Reason? Why?” Because it is reasonable. “But that’s circular.” It is the greatest circle. It … Continue reading

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Latour on the Baby Boomers

I found this passage from Latour’s Inquiry into Modes of Existence persuasive and  moving. I myself belong to the generation designated as baby boomers, at least until age has earned us the dreadful replacement moniker “golden agers.” Without this indispensable reference … Continue reading

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Protected: The truth next door

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A quick list of reality conceptions

I felt like making a list of what can be meant when we talk about “reality”.

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Obligatory Passage Point (OPP) is going to be a useful concept. From Wikipedia: Obligatory passage points are a feature of actor-networks, usually associated with the initial (problematization) phase of a translation process. An OPP can be thought of as the … Continue reading

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From, for and within

Just as science is not really a body of knowledge on what is true about things, but rather the record of disciplined interactions human beings have with things, with a focus on the patterns that predictably occur when certain conditions … Continue reading

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Usable philosophies


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Crediting James

Graham Harman, from Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics: We are now amused to think that there used to be two kinds of physics, one for the earth and one for the sky. But it is equally absurd that … Continue reading

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Actor-network theory is practical pragmatism

Extending my post from a couple of days ago, “ANT = Practical pragmatism”: When you are temperamentally theoretical, it is tempting to stop at theorizing about practice, and never to practice anything but theorizing. When pragmatism begins to apply its … Continue reading

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ANT = Practical pragmatism

Actor-network theory is practical pragmatism.

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Explaining away

Worldviews include within them accounts of alien worldviews held by others. These accounts sometimes also include reasons for why these alien worldviews are invalid and do not require consideration and understanding. Such invalidating accounts protect one’s worldview from the consequences … Continue reading

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Supra-individual mind

Every thought thinkable by an individual mind has already been thought. Future thoughts will come from people who know how to think collaboratively beyond their own individual capacity as responsible participants in a supra-individual mind. This idea should not be … Continue reading

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Conserving, simplifying, forgetting

When a person calls himself a “conservative” what precisely is it that is conserved? Is it ideas? Do conservatives wish to keep valued ideas intact and pure? Or is it a wish to conserve our limited store of moral energy? … Continue reading

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Pluralism, education, competition, and brand

Some forms of competition support pluralism, and some forms of competition undermine it. This fact has become conspicuous to me looking at the issue of school competition. If K-12 schools were to compete like universities, creating areas of distinction, basing … Continue reading

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Constitution of “who”

Peirce’s pragmatic maxim: “In order to ascertain the meaning of an intellectual conception one should consider what practical consequences might conceivably result by necessity from the truth of that conception; and the sum of these consequences will constitute the entire … Continue reading

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Proud not to be right

It is easy to see how we are right. It is much more challenging — morally and intellectually — to see how we are not right, or less right than we wish to be. To see ourselves as right, all … Continue reading

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Experience design

Experience design is the disciplined practice of pluralism.

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Analytic dialectic and synthetic dialectic

Two forms of dialectic can be distinguished. They have different characters and different trajectories. Synthetic dialectic moves toward monism. Synthetic dialectic is reductionistic. Its method  is to uncover and cancel contradictions in antitheses which preserve irrelevant, complicating and inhibiting distinctions. … Continue reading

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