Philosophical Musing

During this cur­rent ‘not-plebicite’ sea­son I have been asked sev­er­al times on var­i­ous social media plat­forms as to what my posi­tion on var­i­ous aspects of the debate are. But, apart from one more sleep deprived enquiry about jurispru­dence, I have decid­ed that I won’t be post­ing on the top­ic. More…

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I have been doing some mus­ing recent­ly on how com­pi­la­tions of oral tra­di­tions com­mu­ni­cate time in link­ing a sto­ry togeth­er. For exam­ple if a series of sto­ries about a per­son are com­mu­ni­cat­ed, does it nec­es­sar­i­ly mat­ter the order that they are com­mu­ni­cat­ed in, and does the sig­nif­i­cance of that order change between…

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Yesterday I had the time to read an excel­lent long form report from Gary Younge—a British reporter for the Guardian—on his upcom­ing depar­ture from the United States, where he has been report­ing for the past twelve years (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/01/gary-younge-farewell-to-america). Throughout his report he notes that the over­whelm­ing rea­son for his immi­nent…

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Academic writ­ing, Jazz, Plagiarism and Improv. You might be won­der­ing at what these con­cepts have in com­mon, and why they should be writ­ten about in a sin­gle arti­cle. Well last week I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend a net­work meet­ing-come-book launch-come-phi­los­o­­phy lec­ture by Bruce Ellis Benson talk­ing about his new-ish…

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Justification of beliefs — a philosophical perspective.

Further to the last few posts here is the pub­li­ca­tion announce­ment of an arti­cle that a friend at church has just had accept­ed for pub­li­ca­tion: http://philpapers.org/rec/SILODJ No, jus­ti­fied belief isn’t sim­ply click­ing the “Justify Text” but­ton in Word, but rather how we sup­port and ratio­nalise our beliefs. Interestingly Paul argues that…

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Opinions… like bums, everyone has one?

Perhaps opin­ions are like bums, and every­one has one. But per­haps they shouldn’t be parad­ed around in pub­lic all that often. Patrick Stokes has writ­ten an arti­cle over on The Conversation to this effect, argu­ing that inter­nal and exter­nal evi­dences for opin­ions should not be weighed equal­ly. I think this…

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