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She knows the sound of my motorbike…

April 10, 2015 by

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Originally posted on Laurel Braitman:
…even when I’m still really far away,” said Jon. “She will start calling out for me before I’ve turned down the road.” Jon has been Mosha’s mahout since she was two years old (now she is five). When she was seven months old, and walking with her mother in the…

Republican Senators Just Voted To Sell Off Your National Forests

April 10, 2015 by

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Originally posted on Unofficial Networks:
In case you missed it, almost every Republican Senator just voted to sell our public lands — including National Forests, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas —  to the highest bidder. This is just downright wrong. As Ronald Reagan once said, “The preservation of parks, wilderness, and wildlife has also aided liberty by…

Second-Personal Attitudes From the Heart (by Steve Darwall)

April 8, 2015 by

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Steve Darwall has written a very thoughtful post on a class of reactive attitudes that he dubs “attitudes of the heart”. He writes uses ‘heart’ “in its customary metaphorical sense to refer to that aspect of the human psyche through which we are heartened or disheartened, inspired or deflated, encouraged or discouraged, filled with hope […]

Adrian Currie on ‘Inclusivity’ in the Philosophy profession

March 24, 2015 by

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Adrian Currie has posted a very succinct and important post on how straight white males can help to make the discipline a bit more inclusive. It can be found here in it’s entirety, below is a snippet. Currie offers clear ways on how we could all do better. It is very much worth the read […]

APA/BPA Journal Survey

March 18, 2015 by

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The APA and the BPA have just published the results of their joint philosophy journal survey here, and here (respectively). Data includes number of submissions, acceptance rates, time to publication, percent female authors, and a few other things. I have only had a quick look through the data, and I’m sure someone will do a […]

Grinworthy Quotes (7)

March 14, 2015 by

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Here is John Burgess’s amusing description of Quine’s view of mathematical ontology as motivated by the indispensability argument, from “Mathematics and the Bleak House” (Phil. Math. 12, 2004). Quine…urged a very different sort of reason for accepting the existence of numbers (or other abstract mathematical entities to which numbers could be “reduced”).  According to Quine, […]

Playing Outside Your Wheelhouse

February 2, 2015 by

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Anyone who has been following the Grinworthy Quotes series here on A Philosopher’s Take will likely have noticed that I’ve been reading a fair amount of medieval philosophy recently. Some readers may also be aware that I usually work on philosophy of mathematics, logic and metaphysics. In working on medieval philosophy, and in particular medieval […]

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