Coming (Philosophical) Attractions

My following on here is not great, but is it any wonder — I hardly ever write here! Hopefully, this post highlighting some coming attractions will change that. The writing part, that is. In order of what I think will come sooner rather than later, here are the posts currently in the works.

  1. On Black Lives Matter: I am currently working on a defense of Black Lives Matter. It’s languishing a bit because it is long, requires some research, and I’m taking time to be extra charitable to the other side. Nevertheless, it is underway. It will have four parts. First, I’ll explain what Black Lives Matter stands for, what their goals are, and how they mean to accomplish those goals. Second, I’ll address some common objections to Black Lives Matter’s objectives, cause, and rhetoric. The sources of the objections range from internet articles, things I’ve heard on the news, and things my friends have said. Third, I will mount a positive, socio-political argument explaining why Black Lives Matter is necessary. Fourth, I will present a very brief moral argument for why convinced readers should support Black Lives Matter, along with some ideas for how they can do that. The latter will be borrowed from members of the movement, as I would not presume to know the best courses of action qua white male who hasn’t joined the actual organization. The third and fourth parts will be the most philosophical, and as such will take the longest to complete.
  2. On Hate Crimes: I have heard it said a few times by the Fraternal Order of Police that police officers ought to be protected under hate crime laws. Given recent shootings, it is understandable why they would make this claim. Nevertheless, I think they are mistaken. In this post, I will do four things. First, I will explain the current hate crime laws. Second, I will explain and refute the FOP’s stated arguments. Third, I will construct an enhanced defense of their position using my journal article on discrimination. Fourth, I will delineate a social meta-narrative latent in hate crime laws. I’ll demonstrate that police officers are precluded by this latent meta-narrative, thus concluding that police officers cannot be hate crime victims even on the enhanced FOP position.
  3. On My Post-Bachelor Relationship with Philosophy: This will be a distinctly non-theoretical, very personal piece. In short, I’ll examine how my relationship with philosophy is different now compared to when I was in college, how I feel about that, and how I’m navigating philosophy qua individual-in-the-private-sector. I hope to close with some remarks on what it means to live a philosophical life and to truly love wisdom.
  4. On Social Epistemology: Social epistemology is concerned with how we come to know things via social means. I’m currently reading Social Epistemology: Essential Readings with my good friend, Daniel Diaz. I’m going to work out a plan with him for writing on some of the readings in the anthology. If his schedule allows it, these will likely be collaborative works.

That’s what I’m up to in a nutshell. I can’t provide any solid posting dates, but I will update on their status as I go along. Perhaps I’ll include some personalized commentary that will incidentally help me process my third writing project.

For anyone who reads this, your thoughts on any of these subjects is more than welcome, as that will help the thinking and writing process. Until next time. 🙂

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