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The Power of the People

Governments and their institutions can do a lot of things. But one thing they cannot do is create their own legitimacy. That’s the brilliant thing about politics, no matter how fascistic it might be: institutions want to be seen as legitimate. But only the people themselves can bequeath legitimacy on their institutions. What we are … Continue reading The Power of [More]

New proof theory blog

A new Proof Theory Blog has started up. “The purpose … is to give proof theorists a venue to communicate ideas, works-in-progress, gems, or simply observations that may be relevant to the proof theory community. The hope is that it … Continue reading → The post New proof theory blog appeared first on Logic [More]

Moral Psychology with Nietzsche

2020.06.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Brian Leiter, Moral Psychology with Nietzsche, Oxford University Press, 2019, 198pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199696505. Reviewed by Matthew Meyer, The University of Scranton Nietzsche's moral psychology is a hot topic. Paul Katsafanas' The Nietzschean Self (Oxford 2017) was followed by Mark Alfano's Nietzsche's Moral Psychology (Cambridge 2019) and this book by Brian Leiter. Like the other two volumes, Leiter's work brings together substantially revised versions of previous papers, so some of its contents will be familiar to scholars in the field. At the same time, the book gives us a fresh perspective on Leiter's interpretation of Nietzsche's moral psychology. Readers will now be able to see how the  papers Leiter published over the years fit together, and how he developed some of his ideas and responsed to his critics. Although I offer a handful of criticisms, I will say in advance that Leiter's book is a... Read [More]

At last, it’s here …!

It’s arrived. Publication date June 25th. Hardback, paperback, PDF version all available. You’ll want all three, of course. Hurry, hurry, while stocks last. (I’m really pleased with how it looks: so I’ll cut myself some slack and leave fretting about … Continue reading → The post At last, it’s here …! appeared first on Logic [More]

Postdoc Position: "Socially Disruptive Technologies and Conceptual Change"

Job List:  Europe Name of institution:  TU Eindhoven Town:  Eindhoven Country:  Netherlands Job Description:  This Postdoc position will be part of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies research program, a new 10 year long international program (2020-29) of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands. This programme has a combined budget of € 27 million, and is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in the Gravitation funding scheme for excellent research, and by matching funds from the participating [More]

Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language

2020.06.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hanne Appelqvist (ed.), Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language, Routledge, 2020, 298pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780815385011. Reviewed by Duncan Richter, Virginia Military Institute This is a collection of essays, most but not all exegetical, about the idea of limits of language in Wittgenstein's work, early and late. The papers are high in quality and varied in subject matter. I will say something about each of them, but start with some more general remarks about the book's topic. In the foreword to the Tractatus, Wittgenstein says that a limit to thought cannot be drawn, because that would involve thinking both sides of the limit, including the unthinkable. Instead, therefore, he proposes to draw a limit to the expression of thoughts. We might well wonder exactly what this means, and whether it can be done without a parallel problem involving expressing the inexpressible. In his 1929... Read [More]