The illiberal nature of modern liberalism

Introduction My title seems nonsensical; surely liberals must be liberal?  Is that not a tautology?  And yet modern self-described liberals seem to be moving further away from what we might expect to be liberal positions such as respect for the rule of law, the concept that human rights are indeed universal, and the championing of … Continue reading The illiberal nature of modern liberalism

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Types and ontologies

INTRODUCTION An ontology is essentially a systematic model for how we break up the world around us into things. This clearly plays a role in perception, as it is the ontology that lets us construct mappings that say that to such and such a collection of qualia I will assign such and such a thing, … Continue reading Types and ontologies

Ontological relativity without the rabbit

Introduction In his essay (appropriately) titled 'Ontological Relativity', Willard Quine introduced the notion that there is no such thing as a fixed, standard ontology, but instead ontology must be relativised, so each individual has one or more ontologies unique to them, and that we use language as a means to (where possible) translate between them.  … Continue reading Ontological relativity without the rabbit