Monday, September 25, 2006

Links and Notes

* Philosophers' Carnival 36 is up at "What is it like to be a blog".

* John Crombie Brown's The Ethics of George Eliot's Works at Project Gutenberg. He has a great description of Tito Melema, who is (IMHO) the best-written villain in all of English literature (p. 43):

The sensational fiction of the day has laboured hard in the production of great criminals; but it has produced no human being so vitally debased, no nature so utterly loathsome, no soul so hopelessly lost, as the handsome, smiling, accomplished, popular, viceless Greek, Tito Melema. Yet is he the very reverse of what is called a monster of iniquity. That which gives its deep and awful power to the picture is its simple, unstrained, unvarnished truthfulness. He knows little of himself who does not recognise as existent within himself, and as always battling for supremacy there, that principle of evil which, accepted by Tito as his life-law, and therefore consummating itself in him, "bringeth forth death;" death the most utter and, so far as it is possible to see, the most hopeless that can engulf the human soul.

* Mark Thornton discusses the origin of Adam Smith's 'invisible hand' economics in Cantillon (PDF).

* Thomas Woods criticizes Catholic social teaching (PDF) from a Catholic (and Austrian-economic) perspective.

* "If what they say is that nothing is forever; then what makes love the exception?" Matt Weddle of Obadiah Parker has an acoustic version of Outkast's "Hey Ya". Because the lyrics of the song are actually rather sad, about the inability to make a relationship work and the difficulty of breaking away from it, the song acousticizes stunningly well.


* The newest edition of Carnivalesque is up at Blogenspiel. Great selection of Ancient/Modern posts hosted by Another Damned Medievalist. "In the Middle" has an interesting post on meat and medieval theology; "Muhlberger's Early History" discusses the interesting case of Saladin, the Muslim warrior who was a legend among Christians and almost forgotten among Muslims. There are lots of others worth reading.

* Antti Kaupinen has an interesting paper arguing that the Experimental Philosophy movement has misunderstood what's really going on in appeal to intuitions (PDF).

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