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Two big red logic books, again

When I saw the proof copies of the Amazon cheap print-on-demand versions of IFL2 and IGT2, I changed the layout a bit, increased the width of the ‘gutter’ so that a two-page opening worked better with the binding. I’ve just … Continue reading → The post Two big red logic books, again appeared first on Logic [More]

Gödel Without Tears, slowly, 4

The previous chapter gestured towards a proof of incompleteness which relies on constructing a Gödel sentence which is true if and only if it is unprovable. This proof idea is ingenious. Too ingenious? Some, when they first encounter it, worry … Continue reading → The post Gödel Without Tears, slowly, 4 appeared first on Logic [More]

Being Me Being You: Adam Smith and Empathy

2020.09.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Fleischacker, Being Me Being You: Adam Smith and Empathy, University of Chicago Press, 2019, 216pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780226661896. Reviewed by Lauren Kopajtic, Fordham University Samuel Fleischacker's book is a very welcome addition both to scholarship on Adam Smith and to the burgeoning field of empathy studies. Fleischacker brings decades of excellent and influential work on Smith to the popular topic of empathy to show that Smithian empathy (Smith uses the term "sympathy" for this capacity), with some updates, has a crucial role to play in our ethical practices. In doing so, Fleischacker offers important responses to some perennial objections to Smith's empathy-based moral theory, and to the recent critiques of empathy from Paul Bloom and Jesse Prinz. But Fleischacker does more than just delineate and defend Smithian empathy in this book; he also makes a compelling case for an eclectic,... Read [More]

Gödel Without Tears, slowly, 3

This short chapter, ‘Outlining a Gödelian Proof’ gives a first indication of the way that we are going to prove  (the semantic version of) the first incompleteness theorem by constructing a Gödel sentence which is true if and only if … Continue reading → The post Gödel Without Tears, slowly, 3 appeared first on Logic [More]

Strawception: Biden

The straw person fallacy is a stock tactic in politics, so it is no surprise that Trump and his fellows have constructed a straw Biden. Interestingly, one of their straw Bidens is presented as holding straw versions of socialism—perhaps risking a strawception incident. One version of the Straw Person fallacy is committed when one ignores [More]