I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new blogger to Policy of Truth, John Davenport, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Fordham University. John and I first met at Notre Dame in the 1990s, where we were both graduate students in philosophy; he was also an occasional visitor at the Felician Ethics conferences I used to organize when I was at Felician University, and he’s a fellow New Jerseyan to boot. He has wide-ranging interests in the history of philosophy, in ethics, in political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion (click the preceding link for details). His first post, forthcoming in a few days, is a defense of intervention in the Russo-Ukrainian war. I’m a bit bogged down in the MacIntyre conference right now, but I have John’s post in hand, and will be posting it at first opportunity. (I decided not to subject him without guidance to WordPress’s “block editor.”)
Welcome, John, and we’re looking forward to your participation and contributions!
The “block editor” was designed solely for editing Walter Block, I believe.
Honestly, I thought it was designed by Walter and named after him.
Thanks so much Irfan. I have been writing on constitutional reforms, but also on domestic issues such as gun violence and group identity-politics in the US. Much of my recent work has been on foreign policy issues, such as the NATO response to Putin’s aggressions in Ukraine, the previous history of mass atrocities in Syria, and the need for stronger unity among democratic nations (assuming we can roughly define this category!) around the world, i.e. beyond NATO.
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Sounds good. I will put your Ukraine piece up within the next few days, which should give it at least two weeks’ exposure before the G7.
That said, don’t hesitate to post any thoughts on purely philosophical issues, either. David Potts, for instance, has written here on the completeness of physics, on Aristotle’s arguments for the prime mover, and on Rousseau’s philosophy of education. David Riesbeck has written on issues of interpretation in Aristotle and Mill. Gordon Barnes has written about Marx’s theory of the state. Etc. So posts need not be topical in the journalistic sense or the applied ethics/applied philosophy senses. In fact, I’d be pleased to get stuff that isn’t, for a change of pace. And there is no party line on content.