Here I’ll archive some of my old papers and other works that I think worth a read. (More coming!)
- The Child-First Hypothesis of Language Acquisition. I argue that language emerged as a spandrel, parasitic on the syntax of bipedal walking. Unpublished.
2. WHAT DO THE HOLOCAUST, GLOBAL WARMING, AND THE FILIOQUE HAVE IN COMMON? (with Paul Viminitz) Presented at the WCPA 2017.
Abstract: In this paper we offer a conjecture as to how it’s possible that people of identical epistemic integrity – by which we mean pretty close to none – can and do nonetheless arrive at polar opposite views about history, the environment, the ontological status of divine entities, and questions of similar real-world import. None of us comes out well. But neither do any of us come out worse than anyone else.
3. Gauthier at the Table. Unpublished.
I argue that David Gauthier is too quick, in fact quite mistaken, in rejecting the Nash-Harsanyi threat point as the appropriate baseline. (Morals By Agreement, p 199)
4. A Reduction of Jus ad Bellum and in Bello to Hobbes’ First and Second Fundamental Laws of Nature Respectively. Unpublished.
In this paper, I argue that jus ad bellum and jus in bello are reducible without remainder to Hobbes’ axiomatic first and second fundamental laws of nature respectively. Consequently, all principles of jus ad bellum and jus in bello are derived from these axioms. And so a cause of or act of war is unjust if it cannot be reduced to these axioms.