A raging philosopher

Philosopher Sally Haslanger (MIT) is very unhappy about how she has been treated by her colleagues in philosophy: There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy. “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)”, Hypatia 23 (2008), p. … More A raging philosopher

How to see further than others: four strategies

(1) “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton (2) “If I have seen further than others, it was because I was surrounded by midgets.” — Murray Gell-Mann (3) “If some people have seen further than others, it is because they were midgets standing … More How to see further than others: four strategies

Advice to a former student, an aspiring philosopher

So you want to become a philosopher? Should you apply for graduate studies in philosophy? Maybe. But you should be aware that you will achieve your goal only if you overcome the following obstacles, one after the other: (A) You have to be admitted to a good graduate program in philosophy. (A number of extremely … More Advice to a former student, an aspiring philosopher

Who is the dirty old man of analytic philosophy?

Colin McGinn, Thomas Pogge, or John Searle perhaps? No way! It is actually Elizabeth Anscombe. My proof will proceed in two steps. First, I will establish the “dirty” part. And second, I will demonstrate the “old man” part. Lemma (1): “Dirty” A reliable source tells us: Once when the Manchester Guardian did a series on … More Who is the dirty old man of analytic philosophy?