Category Archives: General Philosophy

GE Moore and the Cambridge Apostles

The title above sounds like the name of a rock band, but it is actually the title of a biography by Paul Levy of George Edward (GE) Moore, contemporary of Bertrand Russell at Cambridge University and mentor to Bloomsbury Group … Continue reading

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The Soul

The Soul by Adrian Kuzminski is a thoughtful examination of a perennial topic which is handled, as the author says, by a “stipulative” approach, rather than historically. He says that this style is the approach used by Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, … Continue reading

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Graham Priest’s Inclosure Schema

Woodblock print from the 17th Century (with Bridgeman Art Library Watermark) Graham Priest maintains in Beyond the Limits of Thought that most of the paradoxes that have arisen like bad pennies in the history of philosophy;  the Liar, Russell’s paradox, … Continue reading

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Vlastos on Socrates

Gregory Vlastos’s last major book; Socrates, Ironist and Moral Philosopher; was the culmination of a truly great career in scholarship. The book builds upon over 50 years of scholarly work in ancient Greek philosophy. Vlastos is revered in this field … Continue reading

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Why Marx Was Right

Ever need a handy compendium to use when you were in discussions with tiresome right-wingers about how Marx and Marxism was a “Fatal Conceit” or “The Road to Serfdom”? (The quoted references are, of course, to anti-socialist tracts by F. … Continue reading

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Karl Popper on Metaphysical Realism and Bi-valence

I have given some thought to the issue of Popper’s faith in realism and the relation of that faith to his attack on positivism and verificationist theories of truth. It seems to me that the two are closely tied.  What … Continue reading

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It Depends on What the Meaning of the Word ‘Is’ Is

This famous quote from our forty-second President is a tell-tale sign. Our President was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and at Oxford they take the definition of the word “is” very seriously. Witness the article “Plato and the Copula: Sophist … Continue reading

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The Way of Doxa

There were two articles on the comment page of the Financial Times today which proposed contradictory premises. In the first article the contradictory premises were: 1) “China is the world’s emerging superpower” and 2) “China is an intrinsically unstable country, … Continue reading

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Austin and Past Lives – a Mishmash

J.L Austin once remarked (Sense and Sensibilia, p. 4) that “One of the most important points to grasp is that these two terms ‘sense data’ and ‘material things’, live by taking in each other’s washing – what is spurious is … Continue reading

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Popper on the Mind Body Problem

Although not all of the various proponents of materialism (proponents of behaviorism, physicalism, the identity theory, functionalism, and strong AI) will admit this openly, they all deny that consciousness exists as a separate phenomenon. I think the mind / body … Continue reading

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