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Brentano, Kafka and Hayek

While working on a Barry Smith related project I was reminded of two fascinating papers by this incredibly productive, eclectic and just downright decent and responsive bloke whose work in ontology has had real and positive practical import for medical science. As you might be aware, many philosophers these days are in the business of self-aggrandizement, “activism posing as…

Alfred North Whitehead

I notice that my chum Andrew Irvine has given his ANW entry on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy a revamp. Though probably best known (at least to the man on the Clapham omnibus) for the quote that “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato”…

Russell’s “On Denoting”

Speaking of Davidson, here is a two-parter from Stephen Neale (a Davidson expert) on Russell’s seminal paper “On Denoting” published in MIND in 1905 and the ensuing philosophical debate centred around it. “On Denoting” is arguably the most important philosophical paper of the 20th Century, a paper one has to tackle if one is trying to…

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,…

Ontological Engineering

Barry Smith, “the ontology king”, has made freely available his Fall 2013 Ontological Engineering class. There is no better resource than here. Barry SmithKnowledge ManagementKnowledge RepresentationmetaphyicsOntologiesOntologyOntology engineeringPhilosophy