Thursday, March 23, 2006

Blog Review: Stop That Crow!

If you like analytic philosophy, let me recommend Stop That Crow! as a new blog worth visiting. So far it looks to be largely focussed on philosophy of language and meta-ethics. Despite my post title, I'm too tired to actually write anything worthy of the term 'review'. So instead, I'll just point to three posts on STC! that I found especially interesting: (1) supervenience and "morally mixed worlds", (2) The Errors of Error Theory, and (3) Moral Internalism and Externalism. Enjoy!



  1. Thanks for the shout out, Richard! Just so you know, the posts have principally been about language and metaethics since I have had finals in those classes this past week. This next quarter I'm sure I will be posting a lot on Biology, Law, Politics and Kuhn.

  2. You're taking a class on Kuhn Jeff? Interesting. I really like Kuhn. I've been returning him a bit after quite a few years away, primarily because I've been reading on Heidegger's philosophy of science which is remarkably similar to Kuhn. Yet there is an essential divide due to the different way Heidegger reads Kant as opposed to the neo-Kantians.

    So I'll eagerly await some of your posts. Who knows. Maybe I'll make a Heideggarian out of you.

  3. Just to add, if you teacher doesn't assign it, make sure you pick up The Essential Tension. Kuhn acknowledges a lot of problems to his thought in it - such as the frank equivocation and vagueness of his notion of "paradigm."

  4. Yeah, we are reading Kuhn and then "The Fate of Knowledge" by Helen Longino as a response to it. I'm especially interested to see how Kuhn's idea might relate to social constructs as Searle suggests them to be as well as the evolution of social complexity. I suspect that there might be something important here which can be taken and applied to ethics and metaethics, though I haven't really articulated it in my mind yet.

    Good luck with turning me into a Heideggarian any time soon. While I think that a lot of continental stuff is interesting, I find it largely beside the point of most issue I'm interested in. But maybe that's because I haven't read that much continental stuff yet.

  5. Be aware that the kind of stuff I focus on in Heidegger is primarily because of my interests (typically metaphysics and science). What I'm interested in is actually a very small and often not that noticed aspect of Continental thought. Continental thought probably more typically considers ethics, politics and art. It's just that I'm not that interested in any of those. (Thus the paucity of my posting on ethics or aesthetics)


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