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The Web of Belief

While doing some work on Quine I came across Quine and Ullian’s minor classic The Web of Belief which has been made freely available online. (Another great portrait by Steve Pyke as with the previous post on Parfit). Analytic philosophyJ. S. Ullianphilosophical logicpragmatismquinesteve pykeweb of belief

Willard Van Orman Quine

Died on this day. Here’s a terrific resource for all things Quine. I wonder what he’d think about current campus illiberal fuckery? The Guardian The Economist The Telegraph Analytic philosophyEpistemologylogicquine

Sameness and Substance Renewed

It’s been ten years since the release of David Wiggins’ Sameness and Substance Renewed. I notice that it has gone into a second edition, which is good news. This book must rate as one of my favourite works and I believe is somewhat neglected (I originally read S&S and was impressed that reading S&SR didn’t…

Oakeshott’s Relativism

Attributions of relativism to Oakeshott are twofold: The first, and the more common attribution, is from the general perspective of viewing Oakeshott as a postmodern relativist. The second, more technical aspect and less familiar attribution, involves the assumption that Oakeshott was a coherentist.  I examine the second view first. On this assumption it is standard to…