I’ve been traveling for several days, but in the last 24 hours, a bunch of people have responded, all critically, to my “Nietzsche’s Marginal Children.” I just got back and have a bunch of teaching to do, so I haven’t had time to read them all and may not be able to get to them for a while. But I thought I’d post them here. I’ll try to get to them as soon as I can.
Kevin Vallier, one of the sharpest libertarian theorists out there with whom I’ve argued in the past, has what seems on a very quick glance to be a thorough critique (not trying to suggest it’s not thorough; I just only had time to skim it) over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians.
Anyway, that’s it for now. More soon, I hope.
Update (May 14, 1:30 pm)
I’m afraid it may take me a while before I can get to all this—end-of-the-semester grading, we’re moving, and a family trip are all coming up—but there have been more responses.
And over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians, libertarian political theorist Jason Brennan calls for me to be purged from Crooked Timber, where I also blog. Because, you know, freedom.
Update (2:30 pm)
Samuel Goldman replies at The American Conservative.
Update (9:45 pm)
At Crooked Timber, Henry Farrell takes my argument in a different direction, focusing on the methodological innovation posed (and poses) for equilibrium theorists and how the Austrians filled that void. And Doug Henwood interviews me about the article and The Reactionary Mind.
Update (May 16, 8 am)
I missed Rafael Khachaturian’s thoughts on all this, which came out last week. Some interesting stuff in there about Weber and Hobbes (though I’ve long thought the Hobbes as the theorist of an emerging bourgeoisie doesn’t make much sense, and that passage Rafael cites is complicated a host of countervailing passages that, as Keith Thomas pointed out many moons ago, suggest a more aristocratic conception of human beings driven by concerns re glory and honor).
Daniel Kuehn makes an interesting point about Deidre McCloskey that I hadn’t thought of and hope to follow up on.
Neville Morley, an ancient historian at Bristol, finds himself prompted by a fascinating chain of association to think Thucydides.
Update (May 19, 8 pm)
Another response, this one from one of my favorite up-and-coming historians Kurt Newman, writing at the US intellectual history blog. Also quite critical.
Update (May 20, 10 am)
Two more interventions this morning. One, a sympathetic reconstruction of my basic argument from philosopher John Holbo, over at Crooked Timber. The other an elaboration of its implications for contemporary politics from polymath James Kwak.
Update (May 21, noon)
A response mostly to John Holbo’s response to me.
Update (May 22, 9 pm)
A useful corrective from economist David Ruccio. And philosopher Robin James has an interesting riff on Wagner, Nietzsche, biopolitics and neoliberalism. This line in particular was nice to read: “Corey Robin’s fabulous essay in The Nation has everyone talking about the relationship between Nietzsche and neoliberalism.”
Update (June 3, 9:30 am)
A business writer named Martin Hutchinson takes issue with me and Hayek.