Archive for the reflexivity category

Martin Kusch, Psychologism (3)

Kusch, Martin. Psychologism: A Case Study in the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge. London; New York: Routledge, 1995. See also the Four Appendices to Psychologism (1995). Finally we come to Kusch’s summary and conclusions. Kusch summarizes the book and his approach to Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge (SPK). Kusch adheres to Bloor’s strong programme in the […]

Witold Gombrowicz confronts (Polish) provincialism (2)

Witold Gombrowicz, Diary. Volume I: 1953-56; translated by Lillian Vallee; general editor Jan Kott; introduction by Wojciech Karpinski, Afterword by Jan Kott. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1988. xvi, 232 pp. In my previous post I very briefly summarized and quoted from Gombrowicz’s diary entries of 1953. I’ll now just fill in a few gaps […]

McCarthyism, American Philosophy, & Black philosophers

About a decade ago I received this list at a conference of the American Philosophical Association and uploaded it: The Honor Roll: American Philosophers Professionally Injured During the McCarthy Era by John McCumber Following this conference I investigated various writings of McCumber and summed up my reactions in a section of my web page New […]

Marcuse vs operationalism, empiricism, & linguistic philosophy

I’ve just re-read chapter 7 of Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man, which pinpoints his objections to the prevailing Anglo-American philosophy of the day, i.e. the philosophy of language dominant in analytical philosophy, and the treatment of concepts generally in philosophy and the social sciences. He has a particular objection to the empiricist reduction of thought to operationalism […]


Originally titled “Ethnoepistemology, my ass!”, written 2 August 2008. Excuse all the cuss words. I’ve cut out a few of the epithets, but I’m preserving the flavor of my diatribe. * * * * * Ethnoepistemology (James Maffie), The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. There are often lapses and biases in reference works in the humanities […]