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A Defence of Philosophy

October 19, 2014 by

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There is a very nice article/interview in the Observer with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about her latest book Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, in which philosophy is defended very well. I particularly like the characterization of philosophy as `increasing coherence.’  I would very much like to see what people have to say […]

Deflationism, Conservativity, Truth.

October 19, 2014 by

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Over the summer I spent a lot of time learning about truth, and particularly deflationary theories of truth. In this post I will outline some of my thoughts about one particular criterion that is often argued for (and against) by various players in the recent literature on deflationism about truth: conservativity. The plan is to […]

Grinworthy Quotes (2)

October 9, 2014 by

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Here is my favourite parable illustrating a serious problem with typed theories of truth, and drinking too much when having serious academic discussions, from Leon Horsten’s book  The Tarskian Turn (MIT, 2011). [S]uppose that you are convinced that on the subject of the history of Mayan civilization, Anna is extremely reliable. Suppose that even though […]

Grinworthy Quotes (1)

October 1, 2014 by

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Justin Caouette suggested to me that I start posting some of the amusing, and sometimes shocking philosophical quotations that I come across, and often share with him. This will be an on going series, though it is a matter of what I happen to be reading at any given time. The reason I have been […]

Peirce, Reid and Kant

October 1, 2014 by

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It is known that C.S. Peirce had a Kantian bent. By his own description he had “devoted two hours a day to the study of Kant’s Critic of the Pure Reason for more than three years, until [he] almost knew the whole book by heart, and had critically examined every section of it.” However, in […]

The Future of the Philosophy Profession

August 31, 2014 by

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Originally posted on Daily Nous:
Many graduate philosophy programs rely upon what could be characterized as a game of bait and switch. These programs exist not because there is a job market for their graduates. They exist for a variety of reasons, including the intrinsic value of philosophy and institutional mandates to produce Ph.D.’s. But…

A Free Will Resource via Al Mele

August 25, 2014 by

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Al Mele, one of the most distinguished and recognizable philosophers writing on free will has launched a new blog where he plans to field questions and generate discussion a few times a week (see the blog here). He hopes to answer questions related to his last two books where he takes on scientific claims that […]

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