The twelfth birthday of this blog went by uncelebrated, but I guess it is a milestone of sorts.
While a number of good logic/maths blogs continue flourishing (see the sidebar!), many philosophy blogs do seem to be dropping by the wayside — becoming moribund or (like the long-running philosophy of religion Prosblogion) simply disappearing. I wonder why philosophers are rather giving up on this relatively easy and relaxed way of talking to each other? Possibly, all the cool kids have moved on to something else (select Facebook groups, perhaps? — though I can’t say that that appeals, and even less so after recent shenanigans). Or very possibly, it’s a reflection of the fact that academic life is getting ever more stressed and time-pressured. I have the luxury of retirement, with no one looking over my shoulder.
Not that there haven’t been times over the last couple of years, with the world seeming to be going to hell in a handcart rather faster than usual, when it has been difficult to muster quite enough enthusiasm to write here about what are, after all, decidedly minor matters (and you don’t want my half-baked views here on the state of the nation). But then, I do enjoy being occasionally distracted by other blogs; and enough people do seem to enjoy coming here to be distracted in their turn.
So onwards! Posts soon on exhibitions of Italian art, on philosophical logic books from back in the day which are worth another look, on the Pavel Haas Quartet (again), on some other quartets, on novels I’ve been (re)reading recently, and even some more logic matters. Well, a chap needs a hobby …