Why Is Biological Individuality So Strange?

February 3, 2016
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If you find questions of biological individuality peculiar, then this post is for you. Biological individuality is an area of special interest. Classic individuality principles lurk in the background—philosophers of biology are still concerned with how to carve up a particular domain into basic units and with how to tell those units apart. There may […]

CfP: Graduate Conference on Logic and Language at UoC

November 17, 2015
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5th Annual Graduate Conference: Logic & Language Department of Philosophy University of Calgary May 27–28, 2016 The theme of the 2016 University of Calgary Graduate Philosophy Conference will be Logic and Language. Topics at the intersection of philosophy of language and (philosophy of) logic have a long and fruitful history, and continue to be at […]

Grinworthy Quotes (11)

November 16, 2015
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Here are the final three sentences of Alberto Coffa’s “Kant, Bolzano, and the Emergence of Logicism” (Journal of Philosophy, 74, 1982, p. 689): When concepts were finally wedded to the word, a priori knowledge turned from true in virtue of concepts to true in virtue of meanings—as Carnap put it—or true ex vi terminorum—as Wilfred […]

Canadian Pragmatism?

November 9, 2015
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Back in May and June I was at the annual meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association, where I attended an excellent symposium, organized by Susan Dieleman, on “The Possibility of a Canadian Pragmatism”. The presentations and discussion made me think a lot about what it means to be a pragmatist who is Canadian, and whether or […]

Grinworthy Quotes (10)

November 5, 2015
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Here’s other amusing line from Paul Benacerraf’s dissertation (Princeton, 1960, p. 182): It was in fact through [Cantor’s] interest in the infinite and in infinite numbers that he developed the theory of sets. The purpose was to make an honest woman of the infinite, a task held by most mathematicians of his time to be […]

New Contributor: Brandon Beasley

November 3, 2015
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Great news! Yet another talented PhD student from the University of Calgary has joined us here at A Philosopher’s Take. Brandon Beasley is a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Calgary. Born and raised in Calgary, he holds a B.A. (Honours, First Class) in philosophy from the University of Calgary (2009) and a M.A. […]

Two Senses of Individuality

November 2, 2015
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Recently, David Wallace-Wells published “Adventures in the Science of the Superorganism” found here. He uses impressive examples to motivate the problem of biological individuality, such as one twin ingesting the embryo of the other twin in utero, the trillions of gut bacteria that house themselves within us, viruses and diseases that colonize our DNA, and […]

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