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Skipper and Vassend to Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer

¶ Mattias Skipper, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Singapore, and Olav B. Vassend, currently an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, are both moving to the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (Lillehammer). Mattias Skipper and Olav Vassend ¶ Dr. Skipper specializes in epistemology, philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, and philosophical psychology. You can check out his research here. ¶ Dr. Vassend specializes in formal epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of statistics, and decision theory. You can read his work here. ¶ Both Skipper and Vassend will be taking up their new position in the fall. ¶ (via Knut Olav Skarsaune) ¶

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Studies in Classical Liberalism: Three New Titles : See here. Alessandro Rosselliclassical liberalismconstructivismideologyrationalismwalter weimer ...
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EPISTEME: Vol. 18 Issue 2 : Latest issue EPISTEMEEpistemologysocial epistemology ...
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Happy Birthday Freud!: My take on Freud is that it is the clinic and speech of the patient that is most important. For good psychoanalysis, the speech of the patient or analysand is sacred. The motto is “say anything”, let the speech go whe ...
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Plato and Transcendental Argument: As I said in my post on Platonic dialectic, everything begins with an encounter. Encounters occur in a space of immanence. The Real erupts in the …Plato and Transcendental Argument ...
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Plato and Transcendental Argument: As I said in my post on Platonic dialectic, everything begins with an encounter. Encounters occur in a space of immanence. The Real erupts in the world. There’s a crisis. That’s what an encounter is. So ...
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Ballantyne from Fordham to Arizona State
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Skipper and Vassend to Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer
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TRANSLATIONS: Thank you, Stephen Darling, for the accurate translation. Taking all in all, I think we can say that he finds me lame, silly, trifling, otiose, insignificant, uninteresting, trivial, simply not worth paying attention to. Which ...
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Nāgārjuna: [Revised entry by Jan Christoph Westerhoff on May 21, 2022. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] There is unanimous agreement that Nāgārjuna (ca 150 - 250 CE) is the most important Buddhist philosopher after the historical Buddha ...
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Algebraic Propositional Logic: [Revised entry by Ramon Jansana on May 20, 2022. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] George Boole was the first to present logic as a mathematical theory in algebraic style. In his work, and in that of the ot ...
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How to become a dictator: Everyone should read the newest book by the French neuropsychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik. Recently, I saw an interview on the French TV in which Cyrulnik talked about his book and although I had something else to do, I co ...
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A Few Points of Philosophical Interest Learned by Watching Our Cats: Part II: If cats are conscious but not self-conscious—that is, if they do not split experience in two and constitute an inner self which stands at one remove from all other ...
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Philosophy in a Newer Key: Outside the Professional Academy and Inside the Real World, #1.: This is the first of two installments. Philosophy in a Newer Key: Outside the Professional Academy and Inside the Real World, #1. 0. Introduction If o ...
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“Rational Anthropology”: What’s in a Name? –Imagine a New Kind of Philosophy.: ’Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belon ...
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THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE FUTURE, #24–Po-Mo Architecture, Crises in Physics and Big Science, and The One-Two Punch.: This book, THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE FUTURE: Uniscience and the Modern World, by Robert Hanna, presents and defends a critical philos ...
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How will Russia's fascist aggression end?

Ukraine has demonstrated a truly singular level of competence and commitment in its armed resistance to Russia's war since February 24. Much credit goes to President Zelenskyy. And much of the world -- including especially the NATO partners -- have been decisive and forthcoming in material support for Ukraine's ability to continue to resist, and to successfully destroy a remarkable fraction of Russia's military forces. Powerful economic sanctions are playing a key role as well, putting meaningful economic pressure on Russia for its continuing aggression and atrocious acts of violence in Ukraine. It is plain that Russia's longterm interests have already been very badly harmed by this war. There will be greater European energy independence, reducing a major source of Russian exports; there is a greatly strengthened commitment among NATO members for collective defense -- as well as the possibility of Finland and Sweden's accession to the organization; the economic relationships that ha... Read More ›

Understanding Society · Featured Blog

Incitement of violence by far-right media networks
The sickening tragedy of Buffalo yesterday -- the racist attack on a group of African-American shoppers and workers by an 18-year-old white supremacist man in body armor, carrying a military-style weapon -- is simply too much to absorb. ...Read More ›

Злі наслідки тоталітарних ідеологій
[This entry provides Ukrainian and Russian translations of a recent post on totalitarian evil offered as a gesture of support for potential Ukrainian readers. The translation is based on Google Translate. If you are in Ukraine or Ru...Read More ›

Evil consequences of totalitarian ideologies
It is evident that human beings create evil; but human beings are often driven and dominated by totalitarian ideologies that make great evils possible.One of those ideologies of the last century was Stalinism — the view that the success ...Read More ›

Tolstoy's characterization of Napoleon (Putin)
One of Leo Tolstoy's characteristic beliefs about history in War and Peace is the idiocy of the notion of "great men" who make history. In this light his characterization of Napoleon as a lawless, aimless, and murderous brigand is reveal...Read More ›

Tolstoy's philosophy of history
Isaiah Berlin's essay The Hedgehog and the Fox is a particularly interesting combination of philosophical analysis and literary criticism. Berlin is a brilliant interpreter of nineteenth-century Russian thought, and Tolstoy's War and Pea...Read More ›

Can Nietzsche support a decent political philosophy?
Nietzsche's anti-moralism is a key theme in his philosophy and civilizational criticism. He regarded traditional European morality as "herd morality", the deplorable consequence of Christian values of subordination and ressentiment. It i...Read More ›

Carl Menger and Classical Liberalism: Latest issue of C+T : Freely available here. Carl Mengerclassical liberalismcosmos+taxis ...
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The Kathy Wilkes Memorial Conference : Beginning this year (tomorrow), The Herbert Simon Society (Turin), IUC Dubrovnik, and St. Hilda’s College Oxford are putting on an annual conference to honour Kathy Wilkes. The conference deals wi ...
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TRANSLATION: Marc asked for a translation. Here is my feeble effort:Dear Sir, I have just come from examining a bit your work: it is pretty silly; we do not need silly American thinkers (we already have enough problems with our own thinkers, ...
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APA Member Interview: Martina Favaretto: Martina Favaretto is a PhD candidate at Indiana University Bloomington. She works on ethics and history of philosophy, with a special focus on Kantian ethics.  What excites you about philosophy? Someth...
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TROLLS ARE MORE CHARMING IN FRENCH: I woke up this morning to find the following email message in my inbox:Cher Monsieur, je viens juste d’examiner un peu votre travail : c’est (assez) nul ; nous n’avons pas besoin de penseu...
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Ásta from San Francisco State to Duke
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Mini-Heap
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Peirce’s Deductive Logic: [Revised entry by Sun-Joo Shin on May 20, 2022. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Charles Sanders Peirce was a philosopher, but it is not easy to classify him in philosophy because of the breadth of ...
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Origen: [Revised entry by Mark J. Edwards on May 19, 2022. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Origen (c. 185 - c. 253) was a Christian exegete and theologian, who made copious use of the allegorical method in his commentaries, and (though...
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Eliminating and interpreting as Buddhists: I want to turn now to what I think are the really interesting questions raised by Justin Whitaker’s latest post on the Sigālovāda Sutta. These are questions of hermeneutics, of method in interp ...
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Eliminating and interpreting as Buddhists: I want to turn now to what I think are the really interesting questions raised by Justin Whitaker’s latest post on the Sigālovāda Sutta. These are questions of hermeneutics, of method in interp ...
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D. Mayo & D. Hand: “Statistical significance and its critics: practicing damaging science, or damaging scientific practice?”
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How will Russia's fascist aggression end?: Ukraine has demonstrated a truly singular level of competence and commitment in its armed resistance to Russia’s war since February 24. Much credit goes to President Zelenskyy. And much of the ...
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Treating Gun Violence as a Public Health Threat: Not Exactly What We Meant: This week, the United States saw two momentous public health events. The first was the official recording of one million deaths attributed to Covid. The second was th ... Hastings Bioethics -



Paul Daniell & Yu-li Ko commentaries on Mayo’s ConBio Editorial
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New ink: I read this beautiful article recently about how a tree’s form tells the story of its individual past. Drought years baked in as narrow growth rings. Nuclear tests recorded as radiocarbon spikes. Or cramped growing conditions r ...
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