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Some Facts about Facts

January 26, 2017 by

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Facts about Facts Facts, and in particular “alternative facts”, have been in the news a lot this week, and for good reason (I toyed with calling this post “Facts: talking metaphysics to power”). I’ll have something to say about “alternative facts” later in the post, but first I’m going to talk about facts more generally, […]

There’s no water in Flint

November 28, 2016 by

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The most banal example philosophers use in discussing conceptual analysis is water; from Putnam’s twin earth papers to Kaplan’s two-dimensionalism, this is the classic example that is supposed to illustrate something valuable about the way that concepts work. I won’t delve too much into the traditional analyses, here, though a familiar observer may note this […]

Abstracts for upcoming University of Calgary Philosophy Graduate Conference

May 11, 2016 by

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Keynote Speakers Dr. David Liebesman (University of Calgary) Title: Partialhood Abstract: My furnace is part of my house, but it not a partial house. A half-built house is a partial house, but it i… Source: Abstracts

CfP: Graduate Conference on Logic and Language at UoC

November 17, 2015 by

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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 […]

Hashtag_Octothorpe

April 26, 2015 by

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A while back I was reading a paper  by Bob Hale and Crispin Wright, first published in 2000 [1], in which they use the symbol “#” to denote an arbitrary matrix sentence. That was over half a decade before twitter went live. That symbol, variously known as the hash sign/symbol, the number sign, or octothorpe […]