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Grinworthy Quotes (4)

December 9, 2014 by


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 […]

CFP: University of Calgary’s 4th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference

November 28, 2014 by


University of Calgary's 4th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference Theme: Philosophy of Science Friday, March 13th and Saturday March 14th, 2015. Keynote speakers: John Norton (Pittsburgh) and C. Kenneth Waters (Calgary) The conference theme is 'Philosophy of Science'. This theme was chosen to follow the successful Calgary Summit of Philosophers of Science held in September, […]

Grinworthy Quotes (3)

October 30, 2014 by


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 by


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


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


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 […]

Philosophy of Mathematics?

June 23, 2014 by


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. […]

University of Calgary Graduate Student Colloquium

June 17, 2014 by

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Today we’ll be having a graduate student colloquium in the Philosophy Department. If you’re around feel free to come by and join in the discussion. Here is the schedule: Special Summer Session of the Philosophy Graduate Colloquium Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary June 17, 2014   Session 1: Chair Aaron Thomas-Bolduc 10—10:45 Justin Caouette […]

Sam Harris Still Needs to Read More Philosophy

February 12, 2014 by


In a scathing review of Sam Harris’ pamphlet Free Will , Daniel Dennett rightfully calls out Harris for some obvious missteps that Harris has taken (once again).  Harris responds here. Though I am more aligned with incompatibilism these days, Harris again makes some serious missteps in his response. First, he forwards his compatibilist thesis with regards to […]

30 Views on Free Will

February 5, 2014 by

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Anyone trying to get caught up to date with the contemporary views in the free will debate will do well to visit this site (see here). This is the newest issue of Methode, and they interviewed 30 philosophers working on free will. Each philosopher, the line-up is impressive, was asked the same series of questions […]

Romantic Dysfunction, BPD, and Moral Responsibility

January 22, 2014 by


It is commonly argued that for one to be morally responsible, one must have control over one’s actions (see here for a run-down on arguments for that claim). Now, one does not generally concede that a person is moral pariah simply because the person is in the deepest stages of love, even if we do tend to […]

CFP: 2nd Annual University of Toronto Centre for Ethics Graduate Conference

December 12, 2013 by

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***Call for Papers***   New Frontiers in Ethics The 2nd Annual University of Toronto Centre for Ethics Graduate Student Conference April 25th26th, 2014   Keynote Speakers Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka, authors of Zoopolis   Recent work in ethics, political theory and philosophy has begun to challenge the scope and nature of the moral and political […]

Book Release: Free Will and Moral Responsibility

November 4, 2013 by


It brings me great pleasure to announce the release of my first edited volume, Free Will and Moral Responsibility (co-edited with Ish Haji).  For those interested in purchasing the book here is a link to amazon and here is the publisher’s press release. Below you can find a summary to the book. “Determinism is, roughly, the […]

CFP: 9th Annual USC/UCLA Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy

October 7, 2013 by

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When: February 8 2014 Where: University of Southern California Keynote Speaker: Kieran Setiya, University of Pittsburgh The graduate students of the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles, invite graduate students to submit papers in all areas of philosophy to be considered for presentation at the ninth annual USC/UCLA graduate student conference. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES […]

CFP: 17th Annual Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference

August 15, 2013 by

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Second Call for Papers – Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference We invite submissions by graduate students to the 17th Annual Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference to be held on 15th-17th November 2013. Papers should be about 4000 words long, and can be on any topic in academic philosophy. Our aim is to represent a broad range of […]

CFP: Mental Actions and Mental Agency (Special Issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology)

August 12, 2013 by


Details  Mental Actions and Mental Agency Special Issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology Guest Editors: Anika Fiebich, and John Michael Deadline for Submissions: February 1st 2014 In recent decades, mental actions have been discussed intensively in the scientific debate on intentional actions. Within this debate ‘mental agency’ has been defined as the capacity […]

The Importance of Free Will

June 29, 2013 by


For those who think that a belief in free will is not that important I refer you to this excellent piece by Rebbeca Roach. I further some of the issues raised by Roach and will be posting on it soon, as soon as I get a draft of my candidacy complete which also happens to […]

What Can Philosophers Of Mind Learn From Being in Love?

June 23, 2013 by


An underlying project for many philosophers of mind is to form general theories about the nature of consciousness and mental states. One general theory of consciousness identifies mental states with physical states. In the philosophy of mind game, we call these “physicalist identity theories”. These theories basically assert that every type of mental state is […]

Data Analysis, Models, and Knowledge (Applied Epistemology)

February 21, 2013 by


Most of my recent philosophical research has been in the area of epistemology—the theory of knowledge. Knowledge is a familiar concept among most people, but mainstream epistemology has turned it into something that is only shared within the small confines of philosophers. As a consequence, epistemologists have robbed common folk of knowledge! The transformation of knowledge […]