Perils of Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer has described the hallmark of academic criticism as the fact that it kills everything it touches. Now that he’s the subject, he’s not so sure…
Geoff Dyer has described the hallmark of academic criticism as the fact that it kills everything it touches. Now that he’s the subject, he’s not so sure… [More]

Mystery of Murakami

The mystery of Murakami: No great writer has written as many bad sentences. Does his ugly prose serve a purpose?…
The mystery of Murakami: No great writer has written as many bad sentences. Does his ugly prose serve a purpose?… [More]

Causation and Its Basis in Fundamental Physics

2014.08.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Douglas Kutach, Causation and Its Basis in Fundamental Physics, Oxford University Press, 2013, 334pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
2014.08.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Douglas Kutach, Causation and Its Basis in Fundamental Physics, Oxford University Press, 2013, 334pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN [More]

Boltzmann's Work in Statistical Physics

[Revised entry by Jos Uffink on August 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, local.js, notes.html] Ludwig Boltzmann (1844 - 1906) is generally acknowledged as one of the most important
[Revised entry by Jos Uffink on August 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, local.js, notes.html] Ludwig Boltzmann (1844 - 1906) is generally acknowledged as one of the most important [More]

A Simple Question on the Consequence Argument

Here’s a fairly simple question about the consequence argument. Still, I think it is an interesting question that focuses on the conditionals in the argument. The rule α is not interestingly
Here’s a fairly simple question about the consequence argument. Still, I think it is an interesting question that focuses on the conditionals in the argument. The rule α is not interestingly [More]

Love to hate Martin Amis

Nuclear annihilation, Stalin’s terror, the Holocaust: Martin Amis has positioned himself as a serious writer about serious topics. But is he?…
Nuclear annihilation, Stalin’s terror, the Holocaust: Martin Amis has positioned himself as a serious writer about serious topics. But is he?… [More]

Who Was Ernest Hemingway?

Generally full of boast and bluster, Hemingway’s letters do ring true on at least one subject: his anger at his parents…
Generally full of boast and bluster, Hemingway’s letters do ring true on at least one subject: his anger at his parents… [More]

David Browwich, Burkean

The curious case of David Bromwich. A professor of 19th-century British poetry turns to politics. Blame Edmund Burke…
The curious case of David Bromwich. A professor of 19th-century British poetry turns to politics. Blame Edmund Burke… [More]

Historicist Theories of Scientific Rationality

[Revised entry by Carl Matheson and Justin Dallmann on August 15, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Of those philosophers who have attempted to characterize scientific
[Revised entry by Carl Matheson and Justin Dallmann on August 15, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Of those philosophers who have attempted to characterize scientific [More]

DBS, Enhancement & Ethics

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) involves the surgical implantation of electrodes into a patient’s brain that, as the name indicates, stimulate the brain. Currently the procedure is used to treat
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) involves the surgical implantation of electrodes into a patient’s brain that, as the name indicates, stimulate the brain. Currently the procedure is used to treat [More]