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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 […]

Grinworthy Quotes (5)

January 7, 2015

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Here is a quote from Moses Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed (M. Friedlaender trans., 1923, p. 263) that is particularly appropriate for the holiday season: Wine may be treated as food, if taken as such, but to form parties for the purpose of drinking wine together must be considered more disgraceful than the unrestrained conduct […]

Philosophers from Poverty

December 19, 2014

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I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in academic philosophy, and/or inequality issues to have a look at this discussion over at the Daily Nous.

Grinworthy Quotes (4)

December 9, 2014

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I apologize for taking so long to post another one of these. Here is Nicholas of Cusa (a.k.a. Cusano, a.k.a. Nikolaus von Kues) (1401–1464) on the primacy of intelligent people from De Concordantia Catholica. (This was quoted in Paul Sigmund’s Nicholas of Cusa and Medieval Political Thought, Harvard University Press, 1963, p. 132).   Almighty […]

Grinworthy Quotes (3)

October 30, 2014

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Sorry for the gap between quotes. Here is Giovanni Boccaccio on philosophers and marriage from The early lives of Dante (New York: Frederick Unger, 1963, pp. 24–5): Philosopher’s should leave [marriage] to wealthy fools, to noblemen, and to peasants, while they themselves find delight in philosophy, a far better bride than any other. I doubt […]

A Defence of Philosophy

October 19, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Ignoble Prize Highlights at Choice & Inference

September 24, 2014

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The winners of the  2014 Ignoble prize have been published! Here are some highlights over at Choice & Inference. The full list is here. Enjoy.

On Brian Leiter’s PGR and Graduate Schools in Non-English Speaking Countries.

August 22, 2014

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Brian Leiter has been ramping up to the next edition of the Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR) recently having posted the penultimate draft faculty lists of the departments to be evaluated (see here). There have been various criticism of the PGR throughout the years, sometimes resulting in changes in methodology, and I don’t wish to rehash […]

Bleg: Philosophy survey for mathematicians (From Logblog)

July 23, 2014

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There’s a new survey about the intuitions of mathematicians which will be very helpful for philosophers of mathematics (like me). Here is Richard Zach’s original post: A group of researchers in philosophy, psychology and mathematics are requesting the assistance of the mathematical community by participating in a survey about mathematicians’ philosophical intuitions. The survey is […]

Philosophy of Mathematics?

June 23, 2014

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I work primarily in the philosophy and history of mathematics which has naturally led to discussion about the philosophy of mathematics with people outside my field, and outside of philosophy. In this post I will try to address, in a loose and (mostly) non-technical way, some of the questions that often arise in such discussions. […]

Comparing Intuitions: Mathematics and Philosophy

September 3, 2013

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This is something I been thinking about for a while and I would appreciate the insights of anyone with experience working with inutition. Especially with the rise of the X-Phi movement there has been an increased interest in philosophical and psychological intuition, particularly with regards to whether or how arguments from intuition should be used […]