–Arts and letters for the modern age–

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–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

The Dirty Little Game of Academic Philosophy

The Dirty Little Game of Academic Philosophy

Years ago, over at the Daily Nous, a much read insider philosophy blog, David Velleman, who enjoys digs in the world’s #1 ranked philosophy department, posted his version of a Modest Proposal: Philosophy journals should no longer publish papers written by graduate...

The Dirty Little Game of Academic Philosophy

Years ago, over at the Daily Nous, a much read insider philosophy blog, David Velleman, who enjoys digs in the world’s #1 ranked philosophy department, posted his version of a Modest Proposal: Philosophy journals should no longer publish papers written by graduate...

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Remarks on Truth, Ontology, and “Physicalism”

Remarks on Truth, Ontology, and “Physicalism”

‘Truth’ and ‘is true’ The most popular view on truth is some variation on the correspondence theory, according to which saying that a statement is true is saying that it “corresponds” to “reality” or “the facts” or “states of affairs” or some such thing. The trouble...

On Defining ‘Philosophy’

On Defining ‘Philosophy’

Whenever I am asked to give a definitive characterization of philosophy, my reply typically takes the form of listing a number of representative philosophical questions, like this: What are good reasons for believing something? How do sounds, marks, gestures, and the...