The Debt Dilemma

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson’s draft plan to reduce the $13 trillion national debt, released on Wednesday, was unequivocal that change was going to be difficult and call for deep sacrifices. We have here what Bernard Williams calls a dilemma.  There is no single formula that is going to get us out of this mess… Continue reading The Debt Dilemma

The Shadow of a Phantom or How to do a Survey

A long, long time ago, in a state not too far away, I studied statistics and survey research methodology. This was when I was at Duke University’s public policy program (1985-1987) and my professor was John McConahay. We students spent an excruciating semester on statistics, running programs in the dark of night in the dark… Continue reading The Shadow of a Phantom or How to do a Survey

49th SPEP

I returned home this morning from Montreal and the 49th annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.  It was a great meeting.  In the coming days I’ll report on the public philosophy session and other noteworthy matters.  Also I’m planning to post something on HOW to rank philosophy programs, in response to… Continue reading 49th SPEP