A couple of short posts from an anonymous The Hand poster this week – make sure to comment with your views.
Greg Mankiw has an article in the New York Times. It is notable for making explicit reference to literature in normative philosophy. Does this mean that he has been doing some homework? Some of his earlier forays into philosophical territory didn’t show much evidence that he was aware of work in that discipline. Some philosophically literate readers weren’t very charitable about the sophistication of what he came up with. “Low quality freelance philosophy done by people with PhDs in economics” according to Matt Yglegias. A “laughably sophomoric attempt at political philosophy” according to Chris Bertram.
After he finishes his homework, perhaps we can look forward to some better freelance philosophy.