Author: Joshua Miller

  • Why Philosophy of Crime and Punishment, Now?

    Why Philosophy of Crime and Punishment, Now?

    I am teaching this course again. Every year it changes, and this year I hope it changes a lot. Here’s what I said about this today, our first day of classes: Any story about crime and punishment is bound to start with a few stylized facts. Until this year, I’ve started with the same number: […]

  • Beyond Sociology 101

    Beyond Sociology 101

    The University of Toronto’s Sociology Department posts the reading lists for its PhD comprehensive exams.

  • Strangers to Ourselves

    Strangers to Ourselves

    For my money the notion of self-estrangement is the fundamental insight of psychology.

  • Varieties of Stoicism

    Varieties of Stoicism

    What worries me about Silicon Valley’s mindfulness stoicism is the sense that it combines all the worst elements of world mastery and manliness with the stoicism of the weak: acceptance of injustice, the embrace of a hostile natural (and social!) world to which we must conform, and a quietism that locates our agency in that compliance while praising it as mastery.

  • Joshua Miller’s Top Ten Things that Arendt Got Right About Political Theory

    Joshua Miller’s Top Ten Things that Arendt Got Right About Political Theory

    I wrote this little primer at the bottom of a long discussion of the Schocken Books editions of Arendt’s work, and then reposted it a while back on Facebook. It’s been popular, so I’m reposting it again here so I can easily link to it without feeding social media. Race-thinking precedes racism. Arendt’s analysis of […]