Monthly Archives: April 2011

AV vs FPTP

Apart from sounding off occasionally about Higher Education Bollocks (there really is a lot of it about), I tend to steer off politics here. My half-baked and (these days) ill-informed prejudices would be of little interest. Still, I’ve always been … Continue reading

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TTP, 9. §2.IV A map of the terrain

Weir, to summarize once more, wants to develop a position that allows him to say sincerely, speaking with the vulgar mathematicians (and not having to cross his fingers behind his back, or do that little dance with the fingers that … Continue reading

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TTP, 8. §2.III Reduction

The projectivist about e.g. judgements of tastiness explains how “X is tasty” (as an ordinary judgement made in the restaurant, not the philosophy class) is an assertion that can be correct or incorrect even though there is no such property-out-there … Continue reading

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Postcard from the Bahamas

We are staying with Ms Rum’n’Reason and Mr R&R on New Providence — more exactly, we’re staying in the north west corner of the island, well away from Nassau where the cruise ships dock. Here, as you can see, the … Continue reading

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TTP, 7. §2.II Snapshot dispositions, correction, fiction

The projectivist’s root idea is that a judgement that “X is G”, for a predicate G apt for projectivist treatment, is keyed not to a belief that represents X as having a special property but to an appropriate non-cognitive attitude … Continue reading

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TTP, 6. §2.I Projectivism

Suppose we want to claim that some class of sentences that are grammatically like those of straightforwardly fact-stating, representational, belief-expressing discourse actually  have a quite different semantic function (and remember, this is going to be Weir’s line about mathematical sentences: … Continue reading

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TTP, 5. New readers start here …

So at long last, it’s back to discussing Alan Weir’s Truth Through Proof (henceforth, TTP). And apologies to Alan, and anyone else, who has been eagerly waiting for further  instalments. Let’s quickly, in this post, review where we’ve got to … Continue reading

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Huw Price to Cambridge

Good news, I hear as I get online from the Bahamas. Huw Price is definitely coming (back) to Cambridge as the next Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy on Simon Blackburn’s retirement. Also the danger that my lectureship would lapse on … Continue reading

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Only 46 years late …

Cambridge has its own funny little ways. One example: for decades, if you took Part III of the maths tripos — one of the tougher exams on planet Earth — you got no formal recognition at all, just the glory. … Continue reading

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