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Sameness and Substance Renewed

Below is David Wiggins’ Preface from one of my favourite books. A tough read but well worth the effort. Here also is the Table of Contents and Preamble. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When Sameness and Substance (Blackwell, 1980) went out of print, Cambridge University Press agreed to take over the book. They suggested that the Longer Notes be dropped…

Searching For Authentic New Orleans Music

Controversial view expressed in Offbeat Magazine. There is much to say for this view but I can think of plausible counter-arguments to do with the inherent dynamism of tradition which New Orleans is the instantiation par excellence. Music in New Orleans is indeed inextricable from the city’s lifestyle. “In the 6th Ward, 7th Ward, 9th Ward…

The Philosophy of Dance

Here’s a new entry to the SEP. The photos below are of my favourite dancer of all time — the one and only Sylvie Guillem. I’ve heard that she’s been criticized because she came from a gymnastics background. Sour grapes really just because she pushed the bounds . . . because she could. She was…

David Wiggins, philosophers’ philosopher

I chanced upon this old review of Essays for David Wiggins: Identity, Truth and Value and was pleased to find that others are aware what a treasure this man is, not only in terms of his philosophical writings, but as a person. Speaking of the former, one of my favorite reads of all time is his Sameness and…

E. J. Lowe (1950 – 2014)

This announcement (below) posted on PHILOS-L. Jonathan years back very kindly sent me a copy of his The Possibility of Metaphysics (1998) and A Survey of Metaphysics (2002). Here is an interview with Jonathan. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor E. J. (Jonathan) Lowe. Jonathan was born in Dover,…

Pat Churchland’s latest

Touching a Nerve. It was a pleasure to attend a series of talks by Pat last year. Below is a filmed record of one of those talks. BrainCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessidentitymoralityNeurophilosophyneurosciencePatricia Churchlandphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindtouching a nerve

London Aesthetics Forum

The LAF is putting on two lectures that would have great appeal to me: One of my favourite philosophers, Colin McGinn, on Hand, Mind and Language: In what ways might the human hand have contributed to the evolution of the human mind and human language? To what extent do we have a “manual mind”? Could spoken…