Nash, E.J. (2018)
In Defense of 'Targeting' Some Dissent About Science. Perspectives on Science.
[Abstract]: In a recent article in this journal—“Who’s Afraid of Dissent?”—de Melo-Martín and Intemann argue that ‘targeting’ dissent about science that is perceived to be problematic is both misguided and dangerous. I contend that their argument is unsuccessful. I present the ‘Probability Argument’ to demonstrate that, in some circumstances, targeting problematic dissent will be a sound and reasonable response. Moreover, because not targeting dissent can also be misguided and dangerous, and because there are risks associated with leaning too heavily on education as a solution, it will sometimes be the case that targeting dissent is the best ‘all-things-considered’ option. I sketch what is required for a more nuanced and contextual approach to evaluating and responding to dissent.
- Author's final version here.
Nash, E.J. (2018)
Non-State Enemies of Freedom
In: Philosophy & Nineteen Eighty-Four, Stefan Storrie and Ezio Di Nucci (Eds.). Open Court Press.
[Abstract]: One of George Orwell’s most important philosophical and political achievements in Nineteen Eighty-Four was to bring into sharp relief the profound way that our freedom and unfreedom, as individuals, and as societies, is bound up with the ability of words to do things, something scholars like J.L. Austin, Catharine MacKinnon, and Rae Langton would later emphasize. But the full force of this insight, and what we can learn from it, has been obscured by the almost universal interpretation of Nineteen Eighty-Four as a critique of state power. Has this monoculture fallen out of a blind spot that Orwell himself suffered from? Or have we largely been misreading Nineteen Eighty-Four? In this chapter I argue that Orwell wanted to impart a very different point than what has typically been assumed about who threatens our freedoms via the manipulation and control of our public information systems. Moreover, this deeper message will enable us to more fully grasp the problematic features of our contemporary political landscapes, and to develop better responses to these issues.
Nash, E.J. (2017)
'Are Values in Science Like a Tapestry or a Patchwork Quilt?':
A Review of Kevin C. Elliott's 'A Tapestry of Values: An Introduction to Values in Science'. Science & Education. First Online: 27 August 2017.
- The 'author's accepted version' with complete reference list is here.
- You can also access a full-text view-only version of this paper by using this link.
Rai, N. and Nash, E.J. (2016)
'Using political economy analysis as a tool in national planning'.
In: Rai, N., & Fisher, S. (Eds.). The Political Economy of Low Carbon Resilient Development: Planning and Implementation. Routledge.