Monthly Archives: May 2006

It’s that time of year again …

… when I’m buried in tripos marking. Distractions between marking sessions are necessary. So I’ve just finished reading Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad which made a wonderful diversion from the usual mixed bag of metaphysics scripts. Incidentally, the white smoke has … Continue reading

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Libraries should be circular?

When I was in Aberystwyth, I had a decent sized room in the Hugh Owen Building which is halfway up Penglais, with panoramic views over Cardigan Bay. In Sheffield, I had a huge room on the 12th floor of the … Continue reading

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Tired of ontology?

It requires a certain kind of philosophical temperament — which I seem to lack — to get worked up by the question “But do numbers really exist?” and excitedly debate whether to be a fictionalist or a modal structuralist or … Continue reading

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Laws of nature

I’m giving just four second-year lectures on the philosophy of science this term, revisiting Lakatos (I’m a long-time fan). Last year I talked instead about laws of nature; rather to my surprise I found myself taking exactly the opposite line … Continue reading

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Ancestral logic

One of the many things I want to do once I’ve got my Gödel book finished is to slowly trawl through the first twenty years (say) of JSL to see what what our ancestors knew and we’ve forgotten. I was … Continue reading

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