Category Archives: This and that

A little writing about writing

A while back — a distressingly long time ago, actually, as it seems like only the day before yesterday — I wrote a couple of pages (that were linked here)  primarily aimed at beginning graduate students. One was on developing … Continue reading

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Trinity Poets

The answer to the quiz question? The first group, from George Herbert on, unlike members of the second group, might keep company together in an anthology of poets who were all members of Trinity, Cambridge. OK, if you are fussy, … Continue reading

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A literary quiz

Until more logical inspiration strikes, a literary quiz question for you. Where might George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, Lord Byron, Alfred Lord Tennyson and A. E. Houseman keep company with A. A. Milne and Vladimir Nabokov? And why haven’t … Continue reading

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MA Scholarship in Logic/Phil Math (Montreal)

Ulf Hlobil writes: “At Concordia University (Montreal), we want to do something about the gender imbalance in philosophy.  We offer specialized scholarships for female international students who are working ancient philosophy or logic and philosophy of mathematics.  Each scholarship is … Continue reading

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The Great Formal Machinery Works

I’d like to have had the time now to carefully read Jan von Plato’s new book and comment on it here, as the bits I’ve dipped into are very interesting. But, after a holiday break, I must get my nose … Continue reading

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Postcard from the Lake District

After a week in the Lakes, here’s a photo taken walking back from Howtown to Pooley Bridge above Ullswater. Beautiful. Worries about Trump, Brexit, and even Begriffsschrift seem happily remote.

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Jeanne Moreau, 23.i.1928 – 31.vii.2017

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Holiday readings

Here are three suggestions for fun holiday reading — none of them new books, as it happens, but ones I’ve particularly enjoyed in the last few weeks. So, warmly recommended if you haven’t yet read them and are looking for pleasing distractions: Robert … Continue reading

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Slow logic

I’m all for taking things slowly. But this is getting ridiculous. But then, despite my all best resolutions, the lead up to the General Election here and its aftermath have all been quite ridiculously distracting. No wonder that the writing for the second edition of … Continue reading

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Dummett on Frege: a modest proposal

I’ve been wanting to think a bit about Frege on assertion (and the assertion sign, content stroke, judgement stroke, etc.). So after revisiting Frege himself — not at his best, here — it was natural to turn to Dummett’s great book. Except … Continue reading

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