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Our Presumed Egotistic Nature

by: Kalle Van Der Wal

Another problem with universal egoism is that other primates show altruistic behavior, as the comparative primatologist Frans de Waal has argued most famously. It is my impression that most people hold that people are bad by nature, and that this debased egotistic nature must be overcome by ...read on

tags: Behavior / Universal Egoism
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The psychology of free will

by: Kalle Van Der Wal

I agree with the direction of your argument, but should you perhaps not be more specific on the kind of psychological processes we can reasonable call free will? After all, not every action caused by a mental state of mine counts as an exercise of free will....read on

tags: Determinism / Free Will / Compatible
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The case for intellectual proper...

by: Kalle Van Der Wal

A concise counter-argument to Wybo Wiersma's discussion of property and the intellectual: 1) I would say that an idea is physical in the sense that it leaves a physical trace in the brain. 2) One could even argue that an idea is like a virus that spreads through society. In other words, one could ...read on

tags: Intellectual Property / Concepts / Intellectual
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The Object of the Social Functio...

by: Kalle Van Der Wal

2) social actors. One could say that a certain social arrangement is functional for certain people with certain interests. An example: because I want to accumulate wealth, the fact that there is the institution of wage labor is rather functional for me, as it is for all people with similar intere...read on

tags: Sociology
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The Object of the Social Function

by: Kalle Van Der Wal

The question I want to raise here is this: for what entities can social phenomena be functional? In biology or physiology these matters are relatively clear. Traits can be functional for species – of course there are huge debates in biology over what a species is, but the criteri...read on

tags: Functionalism
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Can Functionalism Explain Social...

by: Kalle Van Der Wal

Since the sixties functional analysis is in retreat in the social sciences, but not so in biology. From its very beginning, sociology has struggled with the question what a functional explanation is, and whether it applies also to social affairs. The first question one has to deal with...read on

tags: Can It Explain / Functionalism
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Kalle Van Der Wal's personal page

by: Kalle Van Der Wal

This is the personal homepage of Kalle Van Der Wal...read on

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Kalle Van Der Wal's persona...

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