Monthly Archives: May 2008

Postcard from Siena – 1

We have decamped back to Siena for the better part of a month. Or rather to a small village about 15km to the east. Siena is already bustling with tourists, but here things are very quiet. From one window, a … Continue reading

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The delights of moving semicolons

I have been very distracted over the last week reading and re-reading IFL. The trouble with writing or tinkering with something like a logic textbook is that there is no obvious point where you should call a halt to the … Continue reading

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Revisiting IFL

I’m in the middle of rereading my Introduction to Formal Logic pretty carefully, from cover to cover. It’s the first time really that I’ve looked at the whole book carefully since it went off to press almost five years ago. … Continue reading

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Good news re IFL, again

A reprint for my Introduction to Formal Logic is definitely on! Excellent news. I need to get corrections done before going to Italy, so that’s all the spare moments in the next ten days taken care of. Anyone who has … Continue reading

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Religion and evil, again

So he killed his daughter … ‘Death was the least she deserved,’ said Abdel-Qader. ‘I don’t regret it. I had the support of all my friends who are fathers, like me, and know what she did was unacceptable to any … Continue reading

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Galois connections

In his classic paper “Adjointness in foundations” (1969), F. William Lawvere writes of ‘the familiar Galois connection between sets of axioms and classes of models, for a fixed [signature]’. The idea might be familiar to category theorists, but it isn’t … Continue reading

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Folklore

I was sitting at tea at CMS yesterday listening to Martin Hyland and Thomas Forster talking about set theories, and it struck me — not for the first time — how important a certain kind of informal discussion is to … Continue reading

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Three cheers for Alan Sokal

Alan Sokal’s Beyond the Hoax has been out a few weeks, but I’ve at last got a copy. It reprints his wonderful “Transgressing the boundaries” parody with a running commentary of annotations on the opposite pages (or at least, the … Continue reading

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Believing in

Provoked by some remarks of Tim Crane’s at the last meeting (where he was drawing on a paper by Zoltan Szabo), I gave a talk on Wednesday at the local Serious Metaphysics Group on whether a distinction between “believing in … Continue reading

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The hollow halls of academe

A Canadian reader of this blog kindly send a link to this depressing article on the effects of the drive to push ever more and more students through some kind of university education. It has the ring of truth. Though … Continue reading

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