Back with a Whimper: Conservative Thought and SCOTUS Questions Worth Pondering

1. I’ve been back from Costa Rica for more than two weeks now, but even my celebratory blog post has taken back seat to a paper and symposium on David Estlund’s epistemic proceduralism I’m writing and editing with Steve. 2. The Parfit reading group is still on, but if I’m going to be writing each… Continue reading Back with a Whimper: Conservative Thought and SCOTUS Questions Worth Pondering

The slave trade and global inequality

There’s a great piece in the Boston Globe on the relationship between the African slave trade and current global inequalities: Shackled to the Past. One thing that’s always irritated me about broadly materialist historical explanations is the tendency to miss the importance of contingent historical events. Geography is not destiny, as Jared Diamond suggests, but… Continue reading The slave trade and global inequality