The philosophy blog was started in June 2012, and in februari 2022 it had been viewed 106,000 times in 106 countries.
This is done from a constructivist, pragmatist perspective, inspired by the American pragmatist philosophers, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, among others. I try to use philosophy as a perspective for understanding present society. The focus is on dynamics: change of knowledge (invention), meaning, society, and organization.
In October 2016 the blog received the award of belonging to the top 100 philosophy blogs.
Bundles of blogHere are bundles of items from the blog, sorted by theme. Now and then I add new pieces from the blog to the bundles.
The top ten most read items
45 pieces on knowledge, truth and invention
23. From inside and outside, 24. Body and mind, 25. Forms of truth, 26. Pragmatism, 28. Realism?, 29. Object bias, 31. Invention, 35. The scripture of invention, 57. The value of difference, 104. Truth as argumentation, 106. Relativism, 157. What is rational?, 169. Truth on the move, 172. What do you have in mind? 173. Where does argumentation stop? 216. Theory, concept and fact, 245. Forms of realism, 246. Is it wrong to be right?, 260. What is an intellectual, 263. Order and disorder in thought, 264. Useful, warranted, or workable?, 270. Rationality unravelling, 271. Dumping the deep, 273. Philosophy, science and literature, 274. Is pragmatism conventional?, 275. Science and politics, how different are they?, 295. The commons of truth, 313. From outcome to process, 317. Fairy talwe of technological utopia, 320. Emergence, 321. Adaptiveness, 322. Reference and constitution, 342. Process philosophy, 355. The universal and the particular, 356. Dialectics on the move,383. Silly simplicity, 401. Schooling in the modern world, 424. How things change, 425. How change is blocked, 426. Upward and downward causation,, 427. Bridging cognitive distance, 428. Is interdisciplinarity desirable?, 446. How rational is altruism?, 448. Rhetoric, 450. Resonance and reality.
27 pieces on ethics and morality
Eleven pieces on nietzsche, nihilism and beyond
23 pieces on self and other
6. Love, 46. Intolerance and altruism, 52. History of the self, 53. Narcissism, 54. Self interest, 55. Self and other, 56. Humanism, 57. The value of difference, 60. Nietzsche’s error, 61. Levinas: Philosophy of the other, 65. Otherhumanism, 66. The value of collaboration, 76. How much community?, 108. The self as work in progress, 121. How does love work, 122. Commitment and choice, 124. Art, love and God, 134. Notions of the self, 205. Parochial altruism, 209. Identity and altruism in networks, 233. Constructive alienation, 315. Heuristics and relationships, 321. Adaptiveness.
22 pieces on trust
Extended November 2020
68. Trust, what is it?, 69. Sources of trust, 70. Forms of identification, 72. Uncertainty and openness, 73. Psychology of trust, 74. Roles of a go-between, 75. Horizontal control, 107. Hope and trust, 123. The destruction of distrust, 164. Trust as virtue, 196. Trust under stress, 292. The virtues of trust, 293. The rhetoric of trust, 321. Adaptiveness, 324. Perverse control, 325. A crisis of trust, 366. How to extend the boundaries of trust, 377. Trust in Japan and the US, 393. Openness, transparency and trust. 397. Power, dependence, control and trust.489, Power and trust, 499 where trust goes too far.
Eleven pieces on evolution
27. Evolution, 28. Realism?, 29. Object bias, 30. Evolution in society, 46. Intolerance and altruism are instinctive, 82. Evolution in nature and art, 161. Play, invention and evolution, 195. The mystery of mathematics, 205. Parochial altruism, 279. the evolutionary advantage of cultural competition, 376. Will humanity survive its cultural evolution?
Thirteen pieces on puzzles in philosophy
Nine pieces on democracy, autocracy, and fascism
Fourteen pieces on Western, Eastern and African philosophy
88. Wabi Sabi, 128. Eastern and Western philosophy, 129. What to make of East and West, 130. Comfucius, 131. Neo-Confucianism, 137. Yin and Yang, 138. Cycles of change, 139. Nietzsche and Eastern phlisophy, , 141. The soft power of Yin, 316. Intervention and laissez faire in East and West, 377. Trust in Japan and the US, 405. Yin and Yang, Mary and Peter, 414. African and Western philosophy, 515.What African philosophy can mean for the West.
45 pieces on the human condition
Extended februari 2020
15. The human condition, 20. The Enlightenment, 21. Problems with the Enlightenment, 22. Romanticism, 24. Body and mind, 39. The good life, 40. Being in the world, 56. Humanism, 65. Otherhumanism, 77. Beyond Enlightenment and Romanticism, 116. Reason in the rise and fall of civilization, 197. Back to Enlightenment values?, 257. Liberal communitarianism, 309. Being involved, 313. From outcome to process, 318. Escape from routine, 320. Emergence, 328. Averson to love’s labour loss, 329. Art and hope, 333. The curse of identity, 338. The other as threat or opportunity, 340. Levels of freedom revisited, 357. The succes of failure, 365. System tragedy, 367. From tribes to systems and back again, 376. Will society survive its cultural evolution, 378. The good life, is it enough, 380. Disappointments of illusory perfection, 383. Silly simplicity, 392. Greed and urge to manifestation, 397. Power, dependence, control, and trust, 403. Mimesis and role models, 404. From a new social conservatism to a new socialism, 416. The thirst for recognition, 417. Networks, credence and identity, 434. Identity asnd the meaning of life, 435. Parochial and kin-based altruism, 436. Authenticity and identity, 438. Forms of populism, 444. Two forms of identity politics,, 449. acceleration, 450. Resonance and reality, 453. Action, resonance and existence.
Eight pieces on exit and voice
Seven pieces on system tragedy
Nine pieces on time, duration, and discontinuity: Bergson, Derrida, and Bachelard
sixteen pieces on art and literature
80. Art, 81. Serenity or exuberance?, 82. Evolution in nature and art, 83. Art and nature, 84. The universal and the specific in art, 88. Wabi Sabi, 89. Aesthetic judgement, 90. Ethics and education, 91. Stability and change, art and sex, 92. Free will and literature, 120. Does reading literature produce good people?, 124. Art, love and God, 252. Hermeneutics and literature, 273. Philosophy, science, and literature, 314. Imperfecting poetry, 329. Art and hope.
Fourteen pieces on the politics of virtue
Five pieces on god and religion
four pieces on basic income
18 pieces on identity
8. personal identity 9. cultural identity , 10. culture is not essential, 11. European identity?, 12. Tracing identity, 134. Notions of the self, 265. What is identity?, 272. How do you find your selves? 332. The curse of identity, 395. Individual and social, 412. Identity in economics, 416. The thirst for recognition, where does it come from? 417. Networks, credence and identity, 418. Identity within and between communities, 419. Essential capacity, 434 Identity and the meaning of life, 444. Two forms of identity politics, 453. action, resonance and existence.
Five pieces on culture
Six pieces on multiple causality
Eight pieces on meaning
Eight pieces on power, Foucault
Five more pieces on Foucault
Six pieces on a way out for socialism?
Six pieces on Levinas
Three pieces on Montaigne
Five pieces on Baudrillard
Six pieces on Wittgenstein
Thirteen pieces on fallen foundations, language games and crossing cultures
Five pieces on populism
Seven pieces on Heidegger
40. Being in the world, 90. Ethics, art and education, 108. The self as work in progress, 146. Meaning nihilism, 170. Wittgenstein and Heidegger as ethical opposites, 242. What response to fascism?, 243. Heidegger and Levinas.
21 pieces on Žižek and Hegel
335. Understanding Žižek: Psychology of politics, 336. Hidden things and selves, 337. Hidden social order, 338. The Other as threat or opportunity?, 339. Authoritarianism or democracy, 340. Levels of freedom revisited, 341. Dealing with democracy, 342. Process philosophy, 344. Žižek: Beyond Lacan, 345. Žižek: Hitler abd Stalin, 346. The crisis of capitalism, 347. Žižek: Between capitalism and centralized bureaucracy, 348. Double negation of the market, 349. Democracy and marlet: are they compatible?, 350. Žižek and Devisch: understanding empathy, 351. When is tolerance tolerable, 352, Žižek: what does he want, 353. Žižek and basic income, 354, Reading Hegel, 355. The universal and its particulars, 356. Dialectics on the move. .
Seven pieces on nihilism
143. Forms of nihilism, 144. Responses to nihilism: faith, resignation, and revolution, 145. Responses to nihilism: perspectivism, 146. Meaning nihilism, 147. Beyond nihilism: Nietzsche, 148. Imperfection on the move, 149. Nietzsche as a pragmatist.
Four pieces on resonance
449. acceleration, 450. resonance and reality, 451. sense and self, 453. action, resonsonance and existence.
28 pieces on freedom
5. Free will, 46. Intolerance andf altruism, 49. What freedom?, 50. Power, 51. Will to power, 92. Free will and literature, 108. The self as work in progress, 122. Commitment and choice, 153. Response to authoritarianism, 159. System rebellion, 198. The violation of free speech, 204 Free speech revisited, 211. Pervasive power, 212. How power can destroy itself, 226. A basis for independence, 233. Constructive alienation, 258. System power nd self-indoctrination, 266. Rebellion, 268. Heidegger, Foucault, Wittgenstein and how to rebel, 281. Principles for combining virtue and freedom, 282. Policies for combining virtue and freedom, 316. Intervention and laissez faire,340. Levels of freedom revisited, 441. Lying freedom?, 442. Economic freedom and trust, 443. Freedom, economy and Basic Income, 454. A third form of freedom, 474. Nudging.
19 pieces on ontology
356. Dialectics on the move, 357. The sucess of failure, 358. Existence, 359. What things, 360. Do objects have an essence, 361. Incomplete specification, 362. Relational ontology, 363. The causality of concepts, 364. Dynamic ontology, 419. Essential capacity, 420. Types of objects, 421. Non-material objects: Research programmes and organizations, 422. Major and minor science, 423. Objects and events, 424. How things change, 425. How change is blocked, 431. how words do things, 432. ontology and poetry, 494. power, people and things, 509. process philosophy.
24 pieces on pragmatism
25. Forms of truth, 26. Pragmatism, 31. Invention: How does pragmatism work?, 104. Truth as argumentation, 118. Debatable ethics, 132. Religion and pragmatism, 148. Imperfection on the move, 149. Nietzsche as a pragmatist, 168. Word as a process, 169. Truth on the move, 173. Where does argumentation stop?, 239. Ideas, action and integration, 264. Useful, warranted or workable, 274. Is pragmatism conventional?, 275. Science and politics, how different are they?. 286. Creative conflict and criticism, 309. Being involved, 313. From outcome to process, 320. Emergence, 321. Adaptiveness, 342. Process philosophy, 356. Dialectics on the move, 357. The success of failure, 396. From optimal to adaptive.
14 pieces on markets
458. markets: what to make of them, 459. market ideology: freedom, 460: market ideology: variety, 461:market ideology: autonomy, 462: philosophy of economics, 463: Human nature, 464: Evolutionry economics, 465: Market failures, 466: Transaction costs, 472: Markets for health care?, 473: Markets and communities, 474: Nudging, 475: Markets and industries, 476: Economies of scale,
48 pieces on economics
introduction, 387. The programme of economics, 388. A methodological sleight of hand, 389. Locality and flexibility, 390. Forms of efficiency, 391, Ethics in economics, 392, Greed and urge to manifestation, 394. Rationality and heuristics, 395. Individual and social, 396. From optimal to adaptive, 397. Power, dependence, control and trust, 398. A paradox of international trade, 399. Old and new economics, 406. Why capitalism is unbeatable, 407. Growth and the good life, 408, how universal is the good life, 409. Revival of risk and uncertainty, 410. Conditional goods, 411. Possible ends of capitalism, 412. Identity in economics, 429. Why is it impossible to integrate economics ans busness?, 442. Economic freedom and trust, 443. Freedom, economics and basic income,445. The dogma of efficiency, 446. How rational is altrusm, 447 Does China need democracy for growth?, 455. Beyond tility, 456. The meaning of rationality, 457. Issues for change in economics.458. markets: what to make of them, 459. market ideology: freedom, 460: market ideology: variety, 461:market ideology: autonomy, 462: philosophy of economics, 463: Human nature, 464: Evolutionry economics, 465: Market failures, 466: Transaction costs, 472: Markets for health care?, 473: Markets and communities, 474: Nudging, 475: Markets and industries, 476: Economies of scale,
four pieces on poetry
402. What poems do, 431. How words do things, 432. Ontology and poetry, 433. Do poems express meaning or do they produce it?
six pieces on Taoism
518. Western and Chinese philosophy, 519. Taoist correlationism, 520. Dichotomies, polarities and language, 521. Monsters as metaphors, 522. Tao, virtue and politics, 523. Taoist spontaneity, children and rational reflection.