Thursday, November 09, 2006


Doing my part to spread the words: Crescat Sententia has a new address: Story here. Fxs

Friday, October 20, 2006

A Quick Note

When I started this blog two years ago, the University of Florida's humanities and social science library had been under reconstruction for almost a year, and its collection was scattered among several different storage warehouses. Although checking out books and periodicals was still possible, browsing, on the other hand, was out of the question. The university community had to be content with not having a main library on campus.

Happily, the work was completed this summer, and the library was back open in late August after being physically absent for three years. Now able to browse around once more, I have been trying to make sense of what I missed, and it seems that scholarly works on Spinoza have gained quite a momentum; even the extremely useful Spinoza: Critical Assessments published in 2001 could now use an update or two. This is of course good news, but catching up with all the readings will be quite an overwhelming task. If anything, I hope that I could post more stuff here now that there are much more things to talk about.

That is for now, although I am working on an article about a reductionist's version of moral supervenience; I seem to have issues with the claim that "as a matter of logical necessity," such version of supervenience, "need not be knowable a priori." Well I will post it as soon as it's done. Fxs

Thursday, June 15, 2006

New Books on Spinoza

Of late, there have been two new, written-for-wide-audience books on Spinoza: Matthew Stewart's The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and Rebecca Goldstein's Betraying Spinoza : The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. Two somewhat useful reviews on them can be found in in Salon and in San Francisco Chronicle. That said, I do not expect either work to match Steven Nadler's Spinoza : A Life in terms of comprehensiveness and quality. Fxs

Sunday, April 16, 2006

On Constitutional Interpretation

Sunday, April 09, 2006

On Santayana

Philosophy in Democratic Times is an essay on George Santayana, of whom the literal meaning of the term "philosopher" as "one who loves wisdom" fits most deservingly. Some of his works are available at what appears to be a joint website for Indiana University and Purdue University, and a fine article on the philosopher is up at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Fxs

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Theories of Judicial Review

An interesting article by Christopher Wolfe (Political Science, Marquette) titled From Constitutional Interpretation to Judicial Activism: The Transformation of Judicial Review in America. Fxs

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Judicial review has really been three different sorts of power, during three distinct eras of American judicial history... The first or “traditional” period, from the birth of the Constitution until the end of the 19th century, embraced a notion of interpretation based on the “fair reading” of the document and a moderate form of judicial review. The second or “transitional” period, from the end of the 19th century until 1937, maintained the theory of the traditional era while in practice giving birth to a more activist form of judicial review. The third or “modern” period, from 1937 until the present, developed new activist theories of constitutional interpretation and judicial review.

For the first time in several generations, however, there is at least something of a possibility that a new era could be in the offing.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Note on Postmodernism

The post is titled Characterizing a Fogbank: What Is Postmodernism, and Why Do I Take Such a Dim View of it? and written by Prof. Keith DeRose (Philosophy, Yale). I must say, pretty much everything you need to know about post-modernism can be found here. Further inquiries would most likely be a waste of time. Fxs