John Searle says “Yes”. I say “Perhaps not”. Here is Searle: Well, Bernard was a very good friend of mine… I think Bernard was as intelligent as any human being I’ve ever met. He had a kind of quickness which was stunning. Now one consequence of that is there’s a sense in which people who … More Was Bernard Williams potentially a great philosopher?
A few years before her death Kurt Gödel’s mother asked her son whether they would see each other in a hereafter. He answered affirmatively and provided the following proof in a letter of July 23, 1961: About that I can only say the following: If the world is rationally organized and has a sense, then … More A mistake in Gödel’s proof
At the beginning of my academic career, British philosopher Peter Strawson visited Zagreb and gave a talk at our department. In a chat after his lecture, I asked him for his opinion about Jack Smart, the Australian philosopher, in whose work on physicalism I was then very interested. Strawson’s comment on Smart was just the … More Remembering J. J. C. Smart
When a book entitled 100 authors against Einstein came out in Germany in 1931, Einstein allegedly exclaimed: “If I were wrong, then one [author] would have been enough!” Unlike Einstein, many contemporary physicists apparently believe that—even in discussions about science—there is strength in numbers. So when several months ago Italian physicist Alessandro Strumia gave a … More Physicists, sex differences, and a new inquisition
Here is my brief take on American politics, in bullet point form: The Democratic Party is a mortal threat to the long term survival of the human species. (I think this statement is not the least bit exaggerated.) Democrats hold the wrong view and the wrong policies—as wrong as it is possible to be—on every … More A philosopher looks at American politics
It happened again! I worked hard on a philosophical article and it was quickly rejected—this time after being submitted to Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (PPR), which is often ranked among the top 5 philosophy journals. Don’t worry, dear reader, this won’t be yet another of those boring occasions where a whiny author complains about his work … More PPR and the ethics of peer review
Two days ago British Philosophical Association (BPA) issued an open letter expressing a worry over the future of philosophy programs at the University of Hull. The letter received support from heads of philosophy departments at King’s College London, St Andrews, Birkbeck, Durham, Reading, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Warwick, Aberdeen, Sheffield, etc. Here is the most problematic … More Philosophers falsely advertise themselves, again