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  1. Jason Stotts

    Re-blogged post:Aporia: Dispositions

    My blog auto-posts to the forum and as I do not often come on here, it's a better idea to comment on the blog itself if you want me to see it. Action causation= Humean billiard balls Agent causation = entities acting in accordance with their identity The primary difference is where you put the locus of action and change, but it has profound differences for how you think about causation. The sentence about dispositions. Are dispositions more about the DESIRE that drives them or more about the ACTION that results from them.
  2. by Jason Stotts Aporia (ἀπορɛία): an impasse, puzzlement, doubt, or confusion; a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it. In this Aporia, I want to inquire into the nature of dispositions. While this outline is undoubtedly not of general interest, it will be of interest to some and from it (hopefully) a clear statement about dispositions will emerge for Eros and Ethos Volume 2. Are all dispositions psychological in nature? It seems like they might be Even Aristotle’s Act1/Act2 is only dispositional when applied to people A rock doesn’t have Act1 – it is either rolling or it is not. At the same time, a rock could be position such that it could potentially roll, would that be Act1? But rocks cannot act – it must be acted upon. But is this action causation instead of entity causation? No, rocks are the kinds of entities such that they are not self-moved None living things cannot have dispositions It seems that only living things can have dispositions. Can non-human animals have dispositions? Need to have a better idea of what they are before we can answer this If dispositions are psychological in nature, how exactly do they operate? As automatic preferences? In Vol 1, claimed orientation was a disposition and it has a biological component This could still be an automatic preference shaped partly by forces beyond our control (biology) Does this make dispositions no more than something like a “preferential habit”? If I purposefully develop a habit around eating healthy and this changes my preferences to healthy eating, is this then a new disposition? I’d say yes. But only at the point the person’s actual preferences change If dispositions are about preferences, they seem to be another form of “automatic thought” and a way to offload things out of consciousness to keep the conscious mind more focused and available to respond to bigger issues If this is true, then they are much like the sentiments which attempt to automate evaluation and orient us to the world They are also a little like intuition, but whereas intuition is a true automatic thought (has conceptual content), dispositions activate our desires Is it right to say they activate our desires? If I have a disposition to do A, is that the same as saying that I have an established desire to do A? It doesn’t seem so Perhaps the difference is that if we have consciously established the A-preference and desire, then this is not a disposition, but an internalized preference. If that’s the case, though, how would we ever come to have disposition? If we can’t come to have them consciously. Maybe dispositions aren’t things we choose directly, but as in the case of health, we choose to be healthy and our preferences (hopefully!) change to healthy options, without us having to decide on a case-by-case basis If this is the case, then dispositions cannot be things we consciously have chosen, but they are things that “fall out” of other choices This seems too chaotic and messy. Unless it’s the case that the only way we can form dispositions is through an associated purposeful internalization of a preference scheme (e.g., wanting to be “healthy” also entails lots of associated things) When we say that we are “disposed to help someone” we usually mean that the person in question reminds us of someone that we liked in our past or that we believe that this person is a good person based on our own belief system and, so, we have a desire to help them. It can’t be the case that we internalize this kind of thing antecedently, since we will not have met the particular person in question before. The desire in question is not necessarily strong, but enough that we can say that we “want to” help them or feel “pulled” to help them and these should both be understood as kinds of desire This seems like a good example of an automatic preference Conversely, it can be that the person in question is disposed to harm the other person (or at least disposed to not help) because they remind them of someone they do not like This still is a desire, just that this time it is a desire to “not aid” or even harm the other person When we say that a parent is disposed to help their children, we do not mean that the parent has consciously worked to set up an internalized conscious choice. Rather, we mean that our biological makeup is such that parents will have an automatic preference to help their own children. This seems right. What have we discovered about dispositions then? They are a form of automatic desire Much like the sentiments (evaluation) or intuition (cognition) These desires are usually held as preferences (a “liking” of one thing over another), which is a form of desire Link to Original
  3. by Jason Stotts My very first blog post was on May 8th, 2005, 13 years ago today. That was back before blogs were popular. In the intervening 13 years, I saw the rise and fall of blogging as a popular medium and now it seems that most people have moved to podcasts and youtube videos. Yet, Erosophia persists. Not that I’ve been blogging much, although that should increase soon. Erosophia’s 13th year saw some really big changes. The biggest is obviously that Eros and Ethos: A New Theory of Sexual Ethics has finally been published and is now available on Amazon. So far, sales have been pretty solid and the reviews are excellent. I’ve also been interviewed one podcast so far and have several other podcast appearances lined up for the coming weeks. In this coming year, I hope to finish several essays related to Eros and Ethos, finish the principal draft of Volume 2 on practical issues in sexual ethics, and do more interviews to help build the audience for Eros and Ethos. If you want to keep track of what I’m doing, you can sign up for my newsletter, which I send out a couple of times a year. If you want to support Erosophia in some way or help with Eros and Ethos, contact me. Link to Original
  4. by Jason Stotts I am releasing a minor update to Eros and Ethos, details of which can be found in the changelog. It will start with an update to the ebook effective today. The ebook will also be getting a new cover, due to the old cover violating advertising TOS against “nudity” and us being unable to use it in ads. The paperback will be updated sometime in the next week, once I get an updated proof and make sure the update won’t break anything in the print edition. That said, if you want a true first edition paperback, you had better order it now as they won’t be available much longer. To celebrate this update, the ebook will be on sale for $4.99. Note: If you have already purchased the ebook, you can update to v1.1 for free by following this guide. Link to Original
  5. by Jason Stotts I will be appearing LIVE on the Objectivist Discussions show tomorrow at 2pm EST (11am PST) to talk about my new book “Eros and Ethos: A New Theory of Sexual Ethics.” The interview will also be recorded and available on YouTube afterwards. If you have any questions about the book you’d like us to cover, feel free to email me with them and we’ll try to get to them. Link to Original
  6. by Jason Stotts Are you part of a reading group, student group, or even a group of friends who want to read Eros and Ethos? If so, I am now offering discounted paperbacks to groups who want to read it. Who qualifies? Established reading groups Book clubs Student groups Academic departments Other groups (decided on a per-group basis) What do you get? Your group/organization can purchase copies of Eros and Ethos for $9 per copy, including free shipping That’s nearly 1/2 off the regular price of $14.95 when you factor in free shipping Note: this cannot be combined with special copies, including signed copies How to get started? Email me at [email protected] Please include some information about your group in your email What’s the catch? You must order at least 5 books Currently limited to the continental US Other locations can take advantage of the discounted books, but will pay more for shipping Note: This is a limited time offer and it may be discontinued without notice. Link to Original
  7. by Jason Stotts It’s been exactly one (short) month since Eros and Ethos was released and it seems like a good time to talk about how things are going. In short, they’re going well. As you can see in the graph (click to make it bigger), the ebook (orange) launched first and sold well. The paperback (grey) launched after and has been holding steady. Amazon reports paperback sales on the day they ship, so there’s a lag for the books to print and ship reflected in the data. Interestingly, the majority of sales (63%) are ebook and 37% are paperback. In total, there have been 62 total sales in only 28 days, which is a solid start. Reviews are all very good so far. The book is currently at 4.8/5 stars with 7 reviews. Reviews at this stage are critical for helping to pick up new readers that may not be familiar with my work, so if you’ve already read it, please leave me a review. Even just a couple of sentences is enough and it makes a big difference. All signed and numbered copies have been shipped. If you have not received yours, please contact me. Numbered copies are half sold and I’m currently sold out of signed copies (with more coming soon!). All in all, I’m pretty happy with the launch and I look forward to increasing sales as word of the book spreads. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, now’s the time! Link to Original
  8. by Jason Stotts Many people have been asking me about the paperback and I am delighted to announce that the paperback version of Eros & Ethos: A New Theory of Sexual Ethics is now available on Amazon! This book is the product of a decade of work on my part and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Seriously, it’s really good. Of course, you shouldn’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself. Anyone who has ordered a special edition directly from me will be getting theirs soon. I have ordered quite a few copies and they have to ship to me first, then I’ll need to sign them and get them shipped out. I’ll update those people who have ordered special editions directly via email when their package ships. Two things to note: Amazon tells me that the book may take up to 48hrs to appear in the different marketplaces (e.g. Amazon.de). Amazon also informs me that it may take up to 72hrs for the paperback version and the ebook version to appear on the same sales page. This is important if you with to buy both as once they’re on the same sales page, you’ll have the option to buy the paperback and only pay $2.99 for the ebook. Link: http://amzn.to/2Gx1dbJ Link to Original
  9. by Jason Stotts I am so incredibly happy to report that, thanks to you, Eros and Ethos is already a bestseller in two categories on Amazon in the first 24 hours after release! Thank you all so much for your support. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, now is the time. Join me, and all the other people who have already purchased the book, and see what all the excitement is about. Link to Original
  10. by Jason Stotts I am thrilled to announce that “Eros and Ethos: A New Theory of Sexual Ethics” is officially published and available for sale in ebook format now (here). The paperback edition will be available in a week or so and I’ll post an update when it’s live. Once you read it, and you’re thoroughly impressed (as you will be), please leave me a review on Amazon. Feel free to also reach out to me with any questions or comments. If you find any errors, please let me know right away. My contact information is on the contact page as well as in the front of the book. Also, if you want a signed copy of the paperback or one of limited numbered and signed copies, check out the Special Editions page. Link to Original
  11. by Jason Stotts I’ve decided to end the current Goodreads giveaway early…so that I can give away MORE BOOKS! If you haven’t entered the current giveaway, tomorrow is the last day to do so. Watch out for a new giveaway starting soon! (Link) Goodreads Book Giveaway Eros and Ethos by Jason Stotts Giveaway ends December 05, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway Link to Original
  12. by Jason Stotts I am thrilled to announce that as of today, the pre-order is now live on Amazon! Pre-order for the ebook is here: http://amzn.to/2AAwtV0. The pre-order for the print book will be available soon. If you’re interested in ordering special editions, like signed copies or a limited edition numbered run, see this page: http://jasonstotts.com/eros-ethos/signed-copies-special-edition/ There will be several contests in the lead up to the book launch. The first is that there are 3 signed copies being given away on Goodreads. Enter to win here: link. There will other contests announced soon, so watch for them. You can find more information about the book at http://jasonstotts.com/eros-ethos/ or ErosandEthos.com. Link to Original
  13. by Jason Stotts There is a new giveaway on Goodreads for my forthcoming book “Eros and Ethos: A New Theory of Sexual Ethics”. There are 3 signed copies available to win, so head on over and get registered. Goodreads Book Giveaway Eros and Ethos by Jason Stotts Giveaway ends February 08, 2018. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway (In case the widget doesn’t work, the link is: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/263146-eros-and-ethos-a-new-theory-of-sexual-ethics?utm_content=button&utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_shelved_book_36514860) Link to Original
  14. by Jason Stotts I am so very pleased to finally be announcing the immanent publication of Eros and Ethos. It has been nearly 10 years in the making and I think it’s simply amazing. I hope you will as well. Pre-orders for the ebook will go live on November 11th on Amazon. At that time, I’ll update this with a link to the book. The ebook will be published on February 9th. It will be available for purchase and available via Kindle Select for the first 90 days. After that, it will also be available through other outlets. The ebook will launch in all Amazon markets concurrently (including Canada, the UK, Australia, etc.). It will only be available in English at launch, but may be available in other languages in the future. The paperback version of the book will be available soon after (details to be finalized soon). Anyone who purchases the paperback through amazon will have the option to concurrently buy a discounted version of the ebook for an additional $2.99. *People buying signed copies should be able to get discount ebooks as well (would either have to directly email them or find a way to do discount codes through Amazon) There will be 50 special signed and numbered copies available for purchase directly through Erosophia on (hopefully) launch day. These can also be pre-ordered so that you can be guaranteed one. They will be $50 each and will help support my work and will go a long way to getting Volume 2 out. These are also already 20% sold, so don’t wait too long if you want one. Regular signed paperbacks will also be available through Erosophia for $20 plus shipping. Here is the description: [Blurb] Link to Original
  15. by Jason Stotts It saddened me today to learn that Hugh Hefner died last night. I have written about Hefner before (link) and his role in both civil rights and sexual freedoms. Hefner was a great pioneer in the sexual field and really helped to change our culture for the better with respect to sexuality. For anyone who has not seen it, I recommend the Amazon series “American Playboy” that tells much of Hefner’s story. What I find most remarkable about Hefner, aside from his strong stance on civil rights and sexual freedoms, is that he wrote and defended his beliefs about sexual ethics in “The Playboy Philosophy.” (For example, you can see him debate William Buckley on sexual ethics here.) What is so great about this is that he was attempting to shift the debate around sexuality to a philosophic level and out of the emotive reactionism and moral panic of the past. Whether he succeeded or not is moot, but in so doing, he blazed the way for others to write on the topic and helped to shift the culture. There is a strong sense in which Hefner paved the way for books like mine and I will be forever in his debt for this. So, thank you Mr. Hefner. You lived your life as you saw fit and made the world a better place in the process. Link to Original
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