Epistemic Viciousness in the Martial Arts

I’ve just finished a paper that I think will be of more interest to readers of this blog than my usual work (I’m guessing that most of you aren’t all that interested in the analytic/synthetic distinction, though I might be wrong; there are a surprisingly high number of martial artists among philosophers.)

The paper will be coming out in Open Court’s book Martial Arts and Philosophy which is being edited by Graham Priest and Damon Young. Graham is a friend of mine and a senior shito-ryu practicioner. He lives in Australia but we trained together once in a park in San Francisco, before going to Joe Lynch‘s APA session on Philosophy and the Martial Arts…like I said, philosophers…

Anyway, the paper is on epistemic viciousness, and if you’re wondering what that is, well, you’ll have to take a look. It’s written for a popular audience, so the editors have been beating up on me to make it more accessible. Enjoy!


7 responses to “Epistemic Viciousness in the Martial Arts

  1. Good paper, Gill. I am astounded to see rational people who can’t think out of the box and actually learn to apply their style to realistic situations, and get over their over-reverence to tradition.

    Here are articles that bolster your position:






  2. Good article Gill,

    Here are other articles along the same line that build on your paper:


    I think the other readers on this blog will enjoy them.

  3. Pingback: Articles on Japanese Confucianism « TKRIblog

  4. Bob’s mentioned it to me a couple of times, and I finally got around to reading your article. So, THIS is how intelligent, well-educated people tell others that they’re full of sh*t.

    I’ve been going around thinking I’m an “epistemically responsible agent,” but I’m really just an a**hole.

    I defer to you Bob.

  5. Steve,
    I have found that “epistemically responsible agents” generally do defer to me. It is just the reasonable thing to do (in my humble opinion). Just kidding. Hope you enjoyed the article, I certainly did. I have tried to be more careful about the assertions I make in class since I read it.

  6. Gillian Russell


    I really don’t think it would be hard to make a karate translation of this clip.

  7. How shall we f**k off, Bob-O?

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