Why Are People Like This? 4 Historical Antecedents

Millon begins with the humoral theory of personality, which continues to appear. The following table is illustrative: Table of Hippocrates’ Four Humours Image from Hippocrates, Galen & The Four Humours.  In this table we can see how persistent this way of classifying personalities has been. It connects everything from the bodily to the spiritual, from values to function types. Admittedly, pretty much any combination of … Continue reading Why Are People Like This? 4 Historical Antecedents

Why Are People Like This? 3 Preface to Disorders of Personality

Theodore Millon’s Disorders of Personality: Introducting a DSM/ICD Spectrum from Normal to Abnormal  (available here: https://www.amazon.com/Disorders-Personality-Introducing-Spectrum-Abnormal/dp/0470040939) builds a personological taxonomy in accord with his earlier theory in Toward a New Personology. Being the more recent, it includes expansions upon the taxonomy offered previously. It extends the understanding of clincal personality disorders toward normalcy, It also suggests new personality types and disorders not covered by the … Continue reading Why Are People Like This? 3 Preface to Disorders of Personality

Why Are People Like This? 2 Personology 1

Unfortunately, one of the best books I’ve found on Personology has not yet been made digital. Thankfully, it is available fairly cheaply used online, such as here: https://www.amazon.com/Toward-New-Personology-Evolutionary-Model/dp/0471515736. You won’t need it to learn from and enjoy this series of posts, but I like to keep my sources clear. Toward a New Personology: An Evolutionary Model is thoroughly philosophically intriguing and insightful. While I don’t … Continue reading Why Are People Like This? 2 Personology 1

Why Are People Like This? Part 1: Series Introduction

People perplex me. Everyone is different, but also everyone is the same. Less figuratively, the unique patterns of actions and behaviors of all of the people there are fall into some common categories. Less technically, there seem to be “types” of people. For the past few years, I’ve been studying people and personality in an attempt to understand people. More honestly, I’ve been doing this … Continue reading Why Are People Like This? Part 1: Series Introduction

Doubly-Loaded Positions

Some positions are what I call “doubly-loaded”. Consider for example: A communist revolution would bring about good results. While it appears as a single assertion, there are two distinct ways one could disagree with this position. We can disagree on the facts of the matter of what exactly the results of a communist revolution would be, independent of our evaluation of them; and we can … Continue reading Doubly-Loaded Positions

The UCR Student Conduct Saga

The Student Conduct Office at UCR has a fairly terrible reputation already, but I would like to make available for everyone the exact details of their abuse in my case. We begin with an email from Kyle McStay on August 5, subject line “Student Conduct – Notice of Interim Suspension”. Below is the text of the email: “August 05, 2021 Nichi Yes1181 Minerva Ct.Riverside, California 92507 STUDENT ID … Continue reading The UCR Student Conduct Saga

Agreement Reading List

In researching the question What is Agreement? I came up with the following reading list as a starting point: J.L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words J.L. Austin, Philosophical Papers J.L. Austin, The Meaning of a Word J.L. Austin, Performative Utterances L. Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations L. Wittgenstein, On Certainty Daniel Greco and Brian Hedden, Uniqueness and Metaepistemology Catherine Z. Elgin, Persistent Disagreement Richard Feldman, … Continue reading Agreement Reading List

Tips for Intro to Philosophy Students

I sent these tips to my section students, but I think they apply pretty generally. The readings and lectures give you a great opportunity to take in new ideas. The discussion sections and writing assignments give you the opportunity to try out your ideas. Often, ideas turn out to be harder than expected to put into words. That’s fine. A lot of what we’re doing … Continue reading Tips for Intro to Philosophy Students