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Kurt Gödel, Philosopher-Scientist #3

We are talking about the second paper of this volume, namely “Kurt Gödel’s Philosophical Remarks (Max Phil)”  by Gabriella Crocco and Eva-Maria Engelen, and are turning to its third and final section titled  “The content of the Philosophical Remarks (=Max Phil). First insights”. (3) Crocco and Engelen say that the philosophical notebooks … Continue reading

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Kurt Gödel, Philosopher-Scientist #2

After John Dawson’s very introductory piece there follows another introductory paper, “Kurt Gödel’s Philosophical Remarks (Max Phil)” by the editors of the volume, Gabriella Crocco and Eva-Maria Engelen. All the essays in the book, by the way, are in English — … Continue reading

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Kurt Gödel, Philosopher-Scientist #1

I’ve just got a copy of this new collection of essays, Kurt Gödel, Philosopher-Scientist, edited by Gabriella Crocco and Eva-Maria Engelen (Presses Universitaires de Provence, ISBN 9782853999762, pbk 492pp., 35€ from amazon.fr). Here’s the table of contents. The essays, at a very … Continue reading

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Book Note: A little light algebra

Suppose, e.g. as a philosopher of mathematics, you want to get to know more mathematics (after all, it is always a jolly good idea for a philosopher of X to know more than a mere smidgin about X). One area which you … Continue reading

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Encore #16: Weir’s formalism

One of the books which I blogged about at length here was Alan Weir’s Truth Through Proof (OUP, 2010). I found this difficult and puzzling, but also enjoyable to battle with (not least because Alan responded in comments at length). … Continue reading

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Encore #15: Maddy, realism and arealism

Continuing the rather random selection of reposts, as the blog’s tenth birthday approaches, here’s a post from 2011 on a fascinating book by Maddy:  Thin Realism, Arealism, and other Big Ideas (May 30, 2011) Penelope Maddy’s recent Defending the Axioms is my sort of … Continue reading

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Encore #12: Advice on the book problem

During the lifetime of the blog, I have retired, which has meant that I lost the use of a university office to keep books — and indeed I lost all the shelves in an adjacent teaching room which I also used. A major book … Continue reading

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Encore #10: Parsons on intuition

Just yesterday, Brian Leiter posted the results of one of his entertaining/instructive online polls, this time on the “Best Anglophone and German Kant scholars  since 1945“. Not really my scene at all. Though I did, back in the day, really love … Continue reading

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Encore #9: Parsons on noneliminative structuralism

I could post a few more encores from my often rather rude blog posts about Murray and Rea’s Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. But perhaps it would be better for our souls to to an altogether more serious book … Continue reading

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Book Note: Tony Roy, Symbolic Logic, #3

After a longer than intended gap, I return to consider Parts III and IV of Tony Roy’s freely available  Symbolic Logic: An Accessible Introduction to Serious Mathematical Logic. The previous two , rather lukewarm, instalments discussing Parts I and II are here and here (but do please … Continue reading

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