Biology and Evolutionary Social Theory in the early and mid 19th Century While efforts to understand the process of social change during the Enlightenment were envisioned as a form of “social Newtonism”, evolutionary social theory in the early and mid-19th century increasingly looked to Naturalism as its model science. At the same time, Empiricism, … Continue reading Evolutionary Social Theory Chapter Two: Overview
In the 20th Century, the philosopher Karl Popper drew the boundaries of demarcation between science and pseudoscience in terms of falsification. Exactly what Popper did and did not mean by falsification can be disputed. But the history of the philosophy of science throughout the 20th century has at leats taught us that distinguishing warranted and unwarranted claims … Continue reading Epistemology and COVID 19
I'm still thinking through the issues related to my last blog post and my research project, today's post will be rather short. Since I have some free time this week, I decided to do a little browsing and came across these two interesting articles on Economic History and Historical methods written by economists. The Historian's … Continue reading Economic History and Inquiry
The title of this blog post, is of course, a reference to Paul Feyerabend's famous (or if you prefer, infamous) slogan "anything goes". But a careful reading of Feyerabend shows that he didn't really mean literally, "anything goes". My immediate goal however is not to defend or critique Feyerabend per se, at least not today. … Continue reading Can anything go?
Chip Poirot, Professor of Economics, Shawnee State University. Outline of remarks intended for presentation at Shawnee State University’s “Faculty Festival of Achievement”, February 19, 2018. Students or others who are unfamiliar with some of the events, people and ideas may wish to explore these in more detail. I have bolded terms that may be … Continue reading Reading The Economic Consequences of the Peace: Keynes as Political Economist or Albert Einstein in the Patent Office.
In Chapter 3 of the Economic Consequences of the Peace Keynes sets forth his analysis of why President Woodrow Wilson failed to gain acceptance of his Fourteen Points. Put simply, perhaps even a bit simplistically, Keynes' explanation is that Wilson was simply not prepared, given his overall temperament, to confront the more polished, persistent, and … Continue reading Chapter 3 of the Economic Consequences: Wilson vs. Clemenceau.
The original title of this post "Should Post Modernism Die?" created misunderstanding and has now been changed to better reflect the point I was trying to make. Critiques of "Post Modernism" are not limited to the right or popular culture. For example, see Chomsky's Critique of Focault or the response of multiple Pragmatists such as Hilary … Continue reading Post-Modernism’s cul de sac.
I want to begin my analysis of Chapter 2 with a couple of prefatory comments. We can read a work such as Economic Consequences of the Peace as a work unto itself. Alternatively, we can permit ourselves the luxury of putting the work into the larger context of the body of the author's work. Both have … Continue reading Economic Consequences: Chapter 2
A colleague of mine and I in the English and Humanities Department at my University (Shawnee State University) will be working on a project on John Maynard Keynes' "The Economic Consequences of the Peace." We are starting with an exchange during an event sponsored annually at my University called "Faculty Festival of Achievement". I will … Continue reading Announcing: The Economic Consequences of the Peace. An Exchange.