Archive for July, 2011

Philosophy News | The Gettier Problem: A Study

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Philosophy News | The Gettier Problem: A Study. I haven't read this yet, but my take on "Gettier" problems is that they break on the issue of "justified" rather than "belief". (And further that the break is so obvious that the seriousness with which they are discussed undermines my respect for the discipline of academic […]

Philosophy News | My Philosopher Can Beat Up Your Computer Scientist

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Philosophy News | My Philosopher Can Beat Up Your Computer Scientist. Philosophy's perceived market disrespect (inferiority complex ?) is a reaction to the fact that there is no philosophy credential which predicts any useful skill any more effectively than any other arts degree. This is not to deny that a degree in philosophy may be […]

Faith, Belief, and Unbelief

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

John S Wilkins of 'Evolving Thoughts'  is exploring some definitions to facilitate a discussion of the philosophical landscape around the issues of atheism, agnosticism, theism, and so on. One point I took issue with in his first post was his statement that “To be an agnostic is to neither have nor not have a belief” which seems […]


Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Here is how people who consider themselves especially rational behave: Person A does something which person B finds discomfiting. She says so and (without identifying A) publishes a request that others refrain from such behaviour. Howls of outrage (mostly anonymous blog comments) are directed at the unknown A on the basis of unfounded interpretations of […]

Note Sending Shivers through Canada's Media

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Rafe Mair has reproduced at Tyee the resignation note of 24 year old CTV bureau chief Kai Nagata who expresses eloquently why working for a TV "News" program is not what he wants to do.

Religions, cults and wacos

Monday, July 11th, 2011

John S Wilkins' piece on Religions, cults and wacos reproduces a couple of cartoons from Wiley Miller's Non Sequitur which make an amusing and important point about the various levels of respect accorded to different words for superstitious belief systems. There is some attempt in the comments following Wilkins' post to explore more seriously what these […]

The Uses of Philosophy

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

A bit of a coincidence today as John S Wilkins returns to the theme of scientists' disrespect for philosophy at the same time as Chris Hallquist announces that philosophy is dysfunctional. I suspect that the root of the problem is in the apparent claims of some philosophers to be finding "truth" - which is hard to […]