Regular

Given my critical position with respect to what I consider the maximalist view of Intellectual Freedom, I have lately been trying to determine what positive sense of Intellectual Freedom can be salvaged. I have remarked elsewhere on this blog that I think “intellectual freedom” is a misnomer, since it is...

In English writers of the seventeenth century we still often find the word ‘worth’ used for use-value and ‘value’ for exchange-value. This is quite in accordance with the spirit of a language that likes to use a Teutonic word for the actual thing, and a Romance word for its reflection....

“Men believe that they are free, precisely because they are conscious of their volitions and desires; yet concerning the causes that have determined them to desire and will they have not the faintest idea…” Spinoza, Ethics, Appendix to Part One. After writing the last post on Necessity and (Intellectual) Freedom,...

It has recently occurred to me that in “bending the stick” away from the dominant, maximalist view of intellectual freedom in various posts on this site, I may be giving the impression that I don’t subscribe to the library’s role in upholding intellectual freedom. I do, but not in a...

Or, why there’s no such thing as machine intelligence. In his seminal paper on machine intelligence, Computing Intelligence and Machinery (1950), Alan Turing replaces the question “can machines think?” with the more tractable question of what would happen if a machine took the place of one of the human beings...