Monthly Archives: August 2008

Contributing off the cuff?

Relatively recently, we’ve started having an occasional in-house one-day faculty colloquium, where staff and grad students give papers on their current work. I’ve just been asked if I’d like to talk to the next one, so I offered to chat … Continue reading

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Honest Toil

I’m just catching up with the (fairly) new and excellent blog Honest Toil from Chris Pinnock.

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Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mathematics

Alex Paseau has a new entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia on ‘Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mathematics‘. If I was being picky, I’d perhaps say that student readers will find that it dives in the deep end a bit quickly. … Continue reading

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Mediocrity and bullshit

“I have never pretended to political correctness, so I can happily abhor the sanctimonious politically correct bullshit that made the British contribution to the Olympic closing ceremony so appalling. The most dull dancing imaginable, completely unsuited in scale to the … Continue reading

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Back to Sammartini

An old friend has just given me, burnt on to a CD, some symphonies of Sammartini, taken from an old Saga LP from the 1960s. Instantly takes me back to my student rooms in Trinity. And quite wonderful to hear … Continue reading

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MacBook Air, one month on

Anyone out there who is wavering about getting a MacBook Air might be interested in some comments from a new owner. Everyone else can, of course, just cheerfully ignore this posting! (The headline summary is: get one! — though perhaps … Continue reading

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Parsons’s Mathematical Thought: Secs 24-26, Intuition

Chapter 5 of Parsons’s book is called “Intuition”. And I guess I should declare an interest (or rather, lack of interest!) here. I’ve never really understood talk about intuition: and I’m certainly not helped when Parsons writes “I shall be … Continue reading

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Shoesmith and Smiley to be reprinted

It is announced on the CUP website that Shoesmith and Smiley’s Multiple-Conclusion Logic is to be reprinted early next year. That’s terrific news.

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Parsons’s Mathematical Thought: Secs 19-23, A problem about sets

These sections make up the short Chapter 4 of Parsons’s book (they are a slightly expanded version of a 1995 paper in a festschrifft for Ruth Barcan Marcus). The issue is whether there are special problems giving a broadly structuralist … Continue reading

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Parsons’s Mathematical Thought: Sec. 18, A noneliminative structuralism

The previous two sections critically discussed a modal version of eliminative structuralism (though to my mind, the objections raised weren’t particularly telling). Parsons now moves on characterize his own preferred “noneliminative structuralism”, and responds to some potential obections. I wish … Continue reading

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