UPDATE: This has been reposted due to the request of commenters to have a record of the discussion. In addition, comments have now been reopened to allow the posting of an apology. I ask commenters to be especially careful to respect the “Be Nice” rule. Comments will be closed again if the discussion turns nasty.
Recently I’ve been arguing that there has been insufficient attention in the analytic philosophical literature to the domain of social practices. On the one hand, mainstream analytic political philosophers spend a lot of time thinking about the State and institutions that form the “basic structure” of society, but (perhaps due to the influence of political liberalism) do not consider the micro-politics embedded in the practices of everyday life. Ethicists, on the other hand, tend to focus on individual action (character, will) and often don’t even consider that an agent, in acting, is engaged in a social practice.