About Categories

Administrative
This category is for posts which provide information about the blog itself.

Philosophy
All issues are philosophical in some respect. This category is for posts which are primarily focused on philosophical theory.

Politics
I realize that most of the things I write about are in some way “political,” in the sense that social issues of all sorts affect power structures of the state and of other institutions, or in the sense that “the personal is political.” But this category is for posts dealing specifically with the actions of governments and the politicians who run them or might run them.

Politics
“The activities or affairs engaged in by a government, politician, or political party” (American Heritage Dictionary, 4th edition, 2009)

Rhetoric
I like to write about the process of communicating, the definitions of words, and the problematic meanings and assumptions that underlie numerous types of modern political and social discourse.

Rhetoric
“the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2009)

Science
I am a social scientist, so I think and write about various social sciences, especially social psychology, more frequently than I write about the “big three” natural sciences that so many people think of when they hear the word “science” (biology, chemistry, physics).

Science is an epistemological framework. It is a way of arriving at knowledge. It is a method involving testable hypotheses and empirical evidence. I posted an essay which describes, among other things, this definition of science and its value.

Not all writings in the “social sciences” are science. Some people address the same issues that science addresses in other ways, and their writings are sometimes categorized with scientific writings. But the distinction between scientific and non-scientific evidence is often quite clear.

I have also compiled a post out of some things I’ve written about misconceptions related to science and psychology as a science.

Social Issues
This category is for posts which deal with social issues which do not fit directly into the “politics,” “rhetoric,” or “science” categories.


Comments on this page are open so that people can question my categories and definitions.

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