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On flakiness, part four: Counting on people

This is the fourth and final piece in a miniseries called “On flakiness.” Read the other parts at this link. Shortly before Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, he told Senator Susan Collins that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision disallowing many state bans on abortion, was “settled law.” As…

On flakiness, part three: Flakiness and obligation

This is the third piece in a miniseries called “On flakiness.” Read the other parts at this link. The essential sociality of flakiness Talk of flakiness may appear trifling, but it is talk in which we engage nonetheless, and it is telling that we have a word for it. We evidently find some value in…

The Bent: On flakiness, part two

This is the second piece in a miniseries called “On flakiness.” Read the other parts at this link. What is flakiness? Last week, I surveyed what’s been written about flakiness in this paper, and found that the majority relied on this intuitive notion: Flaking is canceling plans (perhaps at the last minute) without a legitimate…

The Bent: On flakiness

What is flakiness? We all have certain intuitions about flakiness, but they are surely imprecise. What are the facts required for someone to have flaked — is it lateness, canceling, or skipping with no notice? How about the normative facts? Is flaking simply “bad,” or do we have more complicated attitudes toward it? Over the last few volumes of this paper, Daily writers have fleshed out their own intuitions on flaking in different ways. To understand flakiness better, let’s start with their thoughts.

Opining on opinions: A volume in review

As this academic year comes to a bittersweet end, the writers and editors of the Daily’s opinions section are feeling quite nostalgic. The past two quarters have incited much campus controversy and discourse surrounding everything from freedom of speech to the rights of graduate students. We have witnessed students rallying around, petitioning on, and writing…
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