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Filed Under:Academics / Philosophy
Posts on Regator:4602
Posts / Week:16
Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Linkage and Thinkage

Anne Applebaum exposes the emptiness of that empty pant-suit, Hillary Clinton. Jon Voight proves that not every Hollywood type is morally obtuse. Reality is Neoconservative.

The Grand Central Conundrum in the Philosophy of Fiction

As I see it, the central problem in the philosophy of fiction is to find a solution to the following aporetic dyad: 1. There are no purely fictional items. 2. There are some purely fictional items. The problem is that...

Flannery O'Connor on Ayn Rand

Flannery O'Connor died 50 years ago today. About Ayn Rand she has this to say: I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re...

The Worldly Too Know that Life is Short

And so they compose 'bucket lists' of things to do before they 'kick the bucket.' It's as if, on the sinking Titanic, one were to try to make the most of the ship and its features and amenities instead of...

Another Round on Fictional Characters as Abstract Objects

London Ed recommended to me Patrick Hamilton's 1941 booze novel, Hangover Square. It gets off to a slow start, but quickly picks up speed and now has me in its grip. I'm on p. 60. The main character is one...

Spencer Case on Atheist TV

Here. "The skeptical channel's ideological commitments won't appeal to conservative atheists."

Why Sam Harris Doesn't Criticize Israel

Although Sam Harris is out of his depth on philosophical topics, and wrong about religion, he talks sense on politics and is courageously blunt about the threat to civilization of radical Islam. Hats off to Harris! Excerpts with emphases and...

Is the Success of Science Evidence of Metaphysical Naturalism?

A reader poses this question: Some people argue that the success of science using methodological naturalism is evidence of metaphysical naturalism because, according to them, why would the methods work unless the subject was naturalistic? My question is: do you...

A Philosophy of Boredom

I am never bored. Tired sometimes, but not bored. A nap and a double espresso work every time. These are times that try our souls while stimulating our minds. Who can be bored? Regular reader, João Gabriel of Porto, Protugal,...

London Paraphrastics Questioned

To block the inference from 1. Frodo is a hobbit to 2. There are hobbits we can invoke story operators and substitute for (1) 1. In the Tolkien story, Frodo is a hobbit. From (1) one cannot validly infer (2)....

An Active-Passive Puzzle

The following two sentences are in the active and passive voices, respectively: 1. Tom said that someone was in the vicinity. 2. Someone was said by Tom to be in the vicinity. Both sentences 'say the same thing,' i.e., express...

No Cease-Fire!

Thomas Sowell: [...] According to the New York Times, Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a cease-fire to "open the door to Israeli and Palestinian negotiations for a long-term solution." President Obama has urged Israeli Prime...

Why is the World Becoming Such a Nasty Place?

Excerpt: In general, the liberal principle persists that when Arabs on the offense kill lots of Arabs it is normal, but when Jews in defense kill far fewer Arabs it is reprehensible. If Israel were weak, Hamas would do to...

The Seductive Sophistry of Alan Watts

Here. (An entertaining video clip, not too long, that sums up his main doctrine.) Alan Watts was a significant contributor to the Zeitgeist of the 1960s. Just as many in those days were 'turned on' to philosophy by Ayn Rand,...

A Paraphrastic Approach to Fictional Sentences

Here is a dyad for your delectation: 1. There are no purely fictional characters. 2. There are some purely fictional characters, e.g., Sherlock Holmes. (1) looks to be an analytic truth: by definition, what is purely fictional is not, i.e.,...

London Ed on Peter van Inwagen on Fiction

Comments by BV in blue. Inwagen gives persuasive arguments that there is only one sort of existential quantifier, that we cannot quantify over ‘things’ that are in some sense ‘beyond being’, and that ‘exists’ means the same as ‘is’ or...

Islam's Religious Exemption from Criticism

A penetrating article by William Kilpatrick. The following comparison of Islamism and Communism is very good. Liberals ought to study it unless they wish to remain enclosed in their dangerous, and possibly terminal, ignorance. Emphasis added. Let’s draw an analogy...

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