Five papers

For the last couple of years I have mostly been working on books, so I have not posted many papers here. But I've recently significantly revised three old drafts and written up two new ones (previously circulated as talks), as follows: Verbal Disputes and Philosophical Progress: This is a written-up
For the last couple of years I have mostly been working on books, so I have not posted many papers here. But I've recently significantly revised three old drafts and written up two new ones (previously circulated as talks), as follows: Verbal Disputes and Philosophical Progress: This is a written-up [More]

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  University of Southern California Town:  Los Angeles C
Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  University of Southern California Town:  Los Angeles C [More]

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Job List:  Europe Name of institution:  University of Oslo Town:  Oslo Country: 
Job List:  Europe Name of institution:  University of Oslo Town:  Oslo Country:  [More]

Question about Existence, Philosophers - Jasper Reid responds

Why did Descartes pick thinking of all possible attributes to logically establish existence? Rocks exist but don't think. What exactly did he have in mind to establish? Was it really existence? Did he have any valid reason to doubt his or our existence? Wouldn't pain be a better criterion? Or moveme
Why did Descartes pick thinking of all possible attributes to logically establish existence? Rocks exist but don't think. What exactly did he have in mind to establish? Was it really existence? Did he have any valid reason to doubt his or our existence? Wouldn't pain be a better criterion? Or moveme [More]

Question about Probability - Allen Stairs responds

In a chapter on regression to the mean (Thinking Fast and Slow) Daniel Kahneman resorts to "luck" as an explanation for why one professional golfer shoots a lower score in a round than his/her rivals given that the talent pool is reasonably even. While a "lucky" (or unlucky) bounce can impact one's
In a chapter on regression to the mean (Thinking Fast and Slow) Daniel Kahneman resorts to "luck" as an explanation for why one professional golfer shoots a lower score in a round than his/her rivals given that the talent pool is reasonably even. While a "lucky" (or unlucky) bounce can impact one's [More]

Tense and Aspect

[New Entry by Friedrich Hamm and Oliver Bott on January 7, 2014.] Time flies like an arrow.... Fruit flies like a banana. (Oettinger 1966) Many languages have grammatical means to indicate the time when an action or event occurs, or when a state or process holds. This phenomenon is called tense. In
[New Entry by Friedrich Hamm and Oliver Bott on January 7, 2014.] Time flies like an arrow.... Fruit flies like a banana. (Oettinger 1966) Many languages have grammatical means to indicate the time when an action or event occurs, or when a state or process holds. This phenomenon is called tense. In [More]

Christopher Hughes on Contingency and Plurality

According to Christopher Hughes, arguments from contingency for the existence of a necessary being are standardly held to depend on two crucial assumptions: a contingency-dependence principle (which may be thought to derive from the Principle of Sufficient Reason), and the existence of a sufficientl
According to Christopher Hughes, arguments from contingency for the existence of a necessary being are standardly held to depend on two crucial assumptions: a contingency-dependence principle (which may be thought to derive from the Principle of Sufficient Reason), and the existence of a sufficientl [More]

Western Civilization’s Life Coach

Describing historical events doesn’t make you a historian, nor does writing on a range of topics make you a polymath. Consider Arthur Herman… more»
Describing historical events doesn’t make you a historian, nor does writing on a range of topics make you a polymath. Consider Arthur Herman… more» [More]

Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia, self-described street-smart feminist, is worried about men. “Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies”… more»
Camille Paglia, self-described street-smart feminist, is worried about men. “Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies”… more» [More]

The Graying of ‘The New York Review of Books’

The best intellectual magazines help young writers find their voices. But for 50 years, The New York Review of Books has withdrawn from the cultural bank while making few deposits… more»
The best intellectual magazines help young writers find their voices. But for 50 years, The New York Review of Books has withdrawn from the cultural bank while making few deposits… more» [More]