Deleuze and the Ethical Life

In Deleuze and Interventionism the good father explored Deleuze’s opposition to the concept of universal moral laws. You may respond that without moral laws there is no way to identify acts as ethical or unethical. Deleuze recognized this problem in the political works he published with Felix Guattari. The pair was… Read more »

The Trap of the Event

Fernand Braudel was a leading writer in the French Annales school. He argued that historians should recognize that time and history move at different speeds or rhythms; geographical, social, and individual. The first, geographical time, is marked by slow, inexorable, almost imperceptible change. The second level, the longue duree, comprises long-term social,… Read more »

Deleuze and Interventionism

The work of many sociologists reflects, at some level, a commitment to universal normative propositions. Bringing the metaethical foundations of these propositions forward for critical investigation has not been the general practice. A self-reflexive examination of their own foundational metaethical beliefs and a consideration of other approaches would seem to be the ethical… Read more »

Book Review: Wisdom Sits in Places – Keith H. Basso

Wisdom Sits in Places. The Apache take a unique stance toward history.  Their approach is framed around an investigation and catalogue of sites and their native names.  These names are generally descriptive, originally serving as oral maps of sites that were named when the land was first being populated and… Read more »

Humanitarian Paratroopers

In the early 1900s, government policy makers in America and France wanted a set of scientifically validated, incontrovertible moral laws. In America these would be used to support moral reform; in France, moral education. Enter the relatively new discipline of sociology, which billed itself as a ‘moral science’. It was asked to ‘discover’ such a set of universal… Read more »

Sociology and Journalism

Sociology professors like to ask incoming students about the difference between sociology and journalism. While the students squirm, the professor leads them to the right answer. This is the notion that sociology is a science as opposed to the untethered musings of the feckless journalists in the next classroom over. But how… Read more »

Science and Pseudoscience, truth and opinion

The English word “science” is primarily used about the natural sciences. We like to warrant our knowledge claims as being true by citing their scientific basis. We use the word “pseudoscience” to describe those studies whose knowledge claims are mistakenly regarded as scientific truths. We mean to say that their claims are… Read more »

The Politics of Moralizing

Thoughts from revisiting The Politics of Moralizing. (Direct quotes are attributed to the authors of the essays). Examples of the politics of moralizing are common today. We see their use in the many political debate shows on the news channels. This is all ‘good theater’ precisely because, like debates between opposing religions, the format is… Read more »