Grinworthy Quotes (7)

March 14, 2015
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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, […]

The Intellectual Life, by A. G. Sertillanges (1)

March 14, 2015
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I am currently reading through, The Intellectual Life, by A. G. Sertillanges, a French Dominican monk from the early twentieth century. The book is a masterpiece. If I were to recommend only one guide to graduate students—no, to anyone who takes thinking seriously—this would be it. Obviously, Sertillanges writes from a Roman Catholic perspective, and […]

Playing Outside Your Wheelhouse

February 2, 2015
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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 […]

Picked Last in (Meta) Phys-Ed

January 31, 2015
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“Hey, heads up, guys. Here comes Substance Dualism” If contemporary philosophy were a high school and theories were students, Substance Dualism would be the kid who has a reputation for bad breath, horrible fashion sense, a shady family history, and for saying gauche and tactless things on a regular basis. The cool kids wouldn’t be […]

CFP: 2015 Calgary Sustainability Conference

January 28, 2015
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See the original CFP here. Sustainability as Intergenerational Justice The University of Calgary’s Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce a 2 day conference, held over Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th, on environmental philosophy, with a focus on environmental sustainability. The theme of the conference is ‘Environmental Sustainability as Intergenerational Justice’ Though papers […]

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Grinworthy Quotes (6)

January 27, 2015
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Here is Pope Pius II (Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini) reporting, in his Commentaries, the response of (then Cardinal) Nicolas of Cusa to Pius unilaterally appointing cardinals (quoted in Watanabe, Concord and Reform, Ashgate, 2001, p. 10): The Cardinal of St. Peter (Cusanus)…Finally answered as follows: “…Now you ignore the ordinance of the synod and do ask […]

Mental Illness and Moral Responsibility

January 25, 2015
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My 6th post is up over at flickers. I have copied and pasted it below for those not interested in clicking again. Mental illness affects how we perceive the actions of others and with good reason. Consider two scenarios. In scenario 1 a person crashes into you because they had a non-epileptic seizure while driving. […]

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