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Orwell on Arthur Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon”

That Wendell Berry takes on the campus commissars (and their complicitous willingly martyred cannon-fodder individual manqué bidders) offers some inkling of hope for preserving liberality. But I fear we are just entering the beginnings of a Darkness at Noon moment — the prospect of a total eclipse is immanent. Check out Orwell’s article on Koestler’s Darkness at Noon reprinted…

Michael Dummett

Telegraph obituary My favourite Dummett book: Truth and Other Enigmas. My favourite Dummett paper:  A Defense of Mctaggart’s Proof of the Unreality of Time. Here is Steve Pyke’s superb portrait. Michael Dummett Oxford 21 May 1990 Philosophy attempts, not to discover new truths about the world, but to gain a clear view of what we already…

All about me: Disclosure in online social networking profiles: The case of FACEBOOK

With today’s release of the film The Social Network some might be interested in a recent academic study published in Computers in Human Behavior.

Chalmers’ Locke Lectures

Lecture 1: A Scrutable World Handout Slides Draft MS of Constructing the World Lecture 2 (12th May): The Cosmoscope Argument Lecture 3 (19th May): The Case for A Priori Scrutability Lecture 4 (26th May): Revisability and Conceptual Change: Carnap vs. Quine Lecture 5 (2nd June): Hard Cases: Mathematics, Normativity, Ontology, Intentionality Lecture 6 (9th June):…

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…

The Social Epistemology of Blogging

Alvin Goldman, the doyen of analytic social epistemology, has a draft paper posted on his website entitled “The Social Epistemology of Blogging.” What’s gratifying to me is that via Richard Posner (whom Goldman cites), Hayek, who I have argued is the social epistemologist par excellence, makes an appearance. I have recently argued that if Hayek was centrally…