Collections of Mattanaw's Longhand Papers.
Author: Christopher Matthew Cavanaugh
Published: February 16th 2019
Edited: Original Edition
Welcome to my archive of papers from various notebooks and documents prepared over the years.
Since this is an archive, not everything included in scans would be of immediate interest to readers. However, the documents are replete with ideas worthy of development.
Many of these will be edited and included in my upcoming book on ethics, while others will offer context for new articles that will appear on this site.
Many of these papers include thoughts that are closer in time to the original ideas, from which later ideas were built. I intend to link my future writings back to these documents, for transparency.
My thought has developed considerably from these earlier insights, but I think it is important to be willing to discuss not only the rationale for ideas, but their genesis. An idea's origin is important for analysis. An analysis of the origin of an idea can reveal flaws as to the reasoning, and assumptions unjustified, that might be masked by the writing itself, through sophisticated rationalizations. While I strive to avoid this, I do not know to what extent my views are influenced by biases.
Origins of arguments are important enough, that some will strive to completely cover them up.
If I were indoctrinated as a child to have a specific orientation, then I think that would be important to convey.
I wish to achieve a very great level of transparency in my corpus, and to achieve this I will include potentially embarassing details as they arise. Full disclosure, like with Rousseau's Confessions, but extended more fully into the intellectual domain as well.
There is no division in my mind, between my life, and my intellectual productions. There's no pretense of complete objectivity here.
Below please find a list of documents to be included. Some are ready for download, some are in preparation.
This is the complete or nearly complete list of paper related archives. For creative reasons, I'm returning to writing in notebooks. However, mostly everything goes straight into digital form these days. All scans of existing materials should be complete and available here by May 1st 2019.
I am a semi-retired social architect and consultant, with professional/academic experience in the fields of computer science, psychology, philosophy, and more recently, economics.
Articles on this site are eclectic, and draw from content prepared between 1998 and 2018. Topics include ethics, art, fitness, finances, health, psychology, and vegetarianism. The common theme connecting all articles is moral philosophy, even if that is not immediately apparent. Any of my articles that touch on "the good and virtuous life" will be published here. These articles interrelate with my upcoming theory of ethics, two decades in preparation.
I welcome and appreciate constructive feedback and conversation with readers. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter (@mattanaw), or via the other social media channels listed at the bottom of the site.