CFP: British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910

Though Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel are generally regarded as the “founders” of sociology as a discipline, sociological theory was actually rooted in nineteenth-century culture as intellectuals and scientists attempted to make sense... Read More | Share it now!

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The Last Religion | An interview with Hugo Pinto

Humanity, Positivist Temple Rio de Janeiro (c) Paul Marret

Olaf Simons: You have made a beautiful film on Positivism in Brazil. "The Last Religion" (Documentary about Positivism in Brazil, 2015) from Hugo Pinto on Vimeo. What gave you the idea to work on such a – shall I say strange –... Read More | Share it now!

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Atheist Dogmatics (1): Atheism is not a belief but the *absence* of belief

Sorry to begin with this part of really tricky dogmatics. It will be a dance around minute decisions, but, promised!, of tremendous consequence (as any encounter with dogmatics – yes, I know). A tour with Godless Mom™ can, perhaps,... Read More | Share it now!

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Ich bin zutiefst besorgt über das politische Klima in Deutschland | Interview mit David Bardens nach dem zweiten Urteil im “Masernprozess”

Gibt es das Masernvirus? 2011 lobte Stefan Lanka, in Szenekreisen bekannter deutscher Impfgegner, ein Preisgeld in Höhe von €100.000 aus für den wissenschaftlichen Nachweis des Masernvirus. Die Ausschreibung fand ein internationales Medienecho,... Read More | Share it now!

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Lorraine J. Daston & Peter Galison, Objectivity (New York: Zone Books, 2007) | Review

Objectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences—and show how the concept differs from its alternatives,... Read More | Share it now!

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Some Thoughts on Objectivity, Subjectivity and Interpretation (1)

This was a recent Quora question and it keeps puzzling me. Is reality subjective or objective? If it is subjective is every interpretation of it correct? It is not that difficult to reject this question as what it is: an assumption supported by an... Read More | Share it now!

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The Bardens vs Lanka Case | Chronolgy and documentation

This page is an open series of entries on the Bardens vs. Lanka case. It has been of wider interest since had immediately offered the judgments in the case triggered by Stefan Lanka‘s challenge of 2011 (see documents at the bottom of this... Read More | Share it now!

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Drei Tage in einer Facebook-Hass-Gruppe “vernunftorientierter Atheisten”

  Was brachte mich auf diese Seite? Gar keine so abwegige Frage. Eine Rekalibrierung meiner politischen Koordinaten durch Facebook, nachdem ich mich mit mehr Spaß mit einem Facebook Freund unterhielt, der hier schon war? Vernunftorientiere... Read More | Share it now!

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Some More Thoughts on Secular Humanism and Its Special Brand of Scientism

Stephen LeDrew’s Book on the Evolution of Atheism has apparently asked the right questions – if I read Patrik Lindenfors’s considerations at Humanistbloggen correctly. (The Google Translate English version is actually quite readable). What... Read More | Share it now!

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Yanis Varoufakis’ #DiEM25 – The European Union will be democratised. Or it will disintegrate!

“DiEM25 – The European Union will be democratised. Or it will disintegrate!” Nine pages of a classical manifesto in the tradition of André Breton’s memorable Surrealist Manifestos signed by by the DiEM25 movement. The letters are... Read More | Share it now!

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Lessons from Ludwig Wittgenstein and Alan Turing’s Debate on Mathematical Ontology

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein’s Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics Cambridge, 1939, ed. by Cora Diamond (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989), 300 pages. Publisher’s link. This is the first in a series of posts, outlining... Read More | Share it now!

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