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Over the last while I’ve been investigating anti-positivist methodologies as a way to approach questions in librarianship. In “A ‘Common Sense’ in Librarianship” I looked at how hermeneutics - specifically Gadamer’s hermeneutics - might supplant a positivistic commitment to “documentation” in librarianship. In that post I commented on the strict...

(Full disclosure: I’m neither a philosopher nor a logician. What follows is my own inadequate and incomplete understanding of predicate and dialectical logic.) I was going to call this post “Classical and Dialectical Logic”, and to begin with the syllogism, that form of logical argument which can take many forms,...

“… too high a price is asked for harmony; it’s beyond our means to pay so much to enter on it. And so I hasten to give back my entrance ticket, and if I am an honest man I am bound to give it back as soon as possible. And...

Spinoza, Modernity, and Intellectual Freedom, part two. In my previous blog post, I (following Negri) included Spinoza in an anti-modern genealogy which included Machiavelli and Marx. Rory Litwin considered my reading of Spinoza odd, especially since Spinoza (who I contrasted with Locke) “believed liberal democracy would be the best form...

In his book Eurocentrism, Samir Amin writes that modernity “is the claim that human beings, individually and collectively, can and must make their own history” (13). It is this claim that underpins a host of thinkers mainly, but not exclusively, forming the hegemonic core of the liberal tradition, such as...