Only a great fool would call the new political science diabolic: it has no...– strauss burning weberian modern political science
When I was a babe in philosophy my bottle was filled from the udders of Kant.– CS Peirce, being fuckin’ gross
Half Square Triangles: In plain view →
halfsquaretriangles: [tw rape] it is good that i am at a place in my life where i feel pretty tangible and present and like a body that takes up space more often than not, because: i have overheard or watched as they unfolded so many conversations that cited raped pregnant teenagers as hypothetical worst-case…
One should strive above all things to implant in children a strong loathing...– Kant’s Lectures on Logic
In so far as a creature can have an experience that represents the world and has...– Bermudez & Macpherson, “Nonconceptual Content and the Nature of Perceptual Experience”
Stuart Brock on the problem of negative...
We do not want to commit ourselves to a realm of entities that have the property of being nothing merely because we can truly assert that there is nothing in the larder; we do not want to commit ourselves to an individual picked out by the description ‘the average basketball player’ merely because we can truly assert that the average basketball player is over four-foot tall. Semantic...
âpihtawikosisân: Another character that kind of... →
youngbadmanbrown: is Wonder Woman. Imagine you’re raised in this utopian, women only warrior society (this part isn’t fucked up) and you’re taught all about how outside of your society which is magically shielded by super-science/magic there lies “man’s world.” Man’s world is just…
Whosoever names Paradise must look and point towards it– stage direction for a medieval morality play (via stickyembraces)
I suggest that anything has real being that is so constituted as to possess any...– Plato, Sophist 247d-e.
More from John Heil
(T) ‘a is F’ is true if and only if a is F. Such claims strike philosophers as innocuous. I am not so sure. CB Martin has pointed out, the biconditional read right-to-left appears to imply that for every way the world is there corresponds a truth-bearer—a sentence, for instance. This seems unlikely.
Philosophers, and only philosophers, believe that it is possible to discover...– John Heil, From an Ontological Point of View
Concepts do not ‘carve up’ the world. The world already contains...– John Heil, From an Ontological Point of View
Ideas proposed here raise the possibility of integrating diverse topics, some...– “Time, Our Lost Dimension: Toward a New Theory of Perception, Attention, and Memory”, Mart Riess Jones
A Critical Examination of Popular Assumptions... →
I take natural facts to be the only facts there are. If I am prepared to...– Sturgeon
Sometimes it is not sufficient merely to argue that a view is incorrect....– Currie, the Concept of Fiction
Keep well the Hermetic Decalogue, Which runs as...
Thou shalt not do as the dean pleases, Thou shalt not write thy doctor’s thesis On education, Thou shalt not worship projects nor Shalt thou or thine bow down before Administration. Thou shalt not answer questionnaires Or quizzes upon World-Affairs, Nor with compliance Take any test. Thou shalt not sit With statisticians nor commit A social science. Thou...
Dan Wikler, on Buddhist monks chanting Parfit's...
Here’s a brief account of how it came to be. I’m an American philosopher. I’ve had the good fortune to trek through Ladakh and Zanskar with Mr. Tshering Dorje, a scholar from that region (Lahoul valley, to be exact) who has published in Western journals on early Tibetan religion. After discussing Buddhist views of the self, I told him about their evident affinity with Parfit’s views, as presented...
Taken together, all such true claims represent the property structure of the actual world, a web of inter-related properties as it were. The properties-based theory of modality, and all of its specific versions, hangs all of modality on this structure of properties. Some proposition or truth-bearer, T, is possibly true just in case there is some actual property P (or some collection of properties)...
While there is probably intrinsic representation out there—for example, some...– Merricks, THE END OF COUNTERPART THEORY
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind. The...– Immanuel Kant
if you read Ray Kurzweil’s books … what I find is that it’s a very bizarre...– Doug Hofstadter
Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and...– Immanuel Kant
That reminds me of a BBC radio interview I once did with Michael Dummett and...– Ernie Lepore
David Lewis, passage + footnote
“The reader in search of knock-down arguments in favor of my theories will go away disappointed. Whether or not it would be nice to knock disagreeing philosophers down by sheer force of argument, it cannot be done.*” …. “*It would not be nice, of course. Robert Nozick has drawn my attention to our strange way of talking about philosophical argument as if its goal were to...
Robert Nozick on 'coercive philosophy'
The terminology of philosophical art is coercive: arguments are powerful and best when they are knockdown, arguments force you to a conclusion, if you believe the premisses you have to or must believe the conclusion, some arguments do not carry much punch, and so forth. A philosophical argument is an attempt to get someone to believe something, whether he wants to believe it or not. A successful...
from Ativan by Laura Kasischke
Virtuous cricket. Little, hopeful heart- shaped face lit up by the moon.
If my intuitions are wildly idiosyncratic, then most likely the project of...– Hilary Kornblith, Knowledge and its Place in Nature
Here is a striking example of apparently intelligent behaviour in honeybees. The...– Michael Tye, in interview
bass-jam: October 3. [12:23]
Now here we should pause to celebrate the sheer ingenuity of this scheme. Life...– Plantinga, “Actualism and Possible Worlds”