Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

Archive for June, 2005

Assorted thought from ME on stuff…

Posted by Sam D on June 29, 2005

Taken from notes scrawled on post-its at the end of 8 hours of working in an over-crowded library full of children and people looking for things that weren’t where they were supposed to be.

We are in a position where we trust neither our thoughts nor our experience. Clever, how we have left ourselves so little.

If I think I’m not following a rule, but you think that I am, who is right?

Do men like cleavage because it reminds them of buttocks, or do they like buttocks because they remind them of cleavage?

Deep huh? This is what happens when you don’t get enough coffee.


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Interim POst

Posted by Sam D on June 27, 2005

Almost done with Kripke. Should be finished by the end of this week. I can’t wait.

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OOO spooky

Posted by Sam D on June 16, 2005

Not alot going on here. I’ve updated the links section and added a huge list of philosophy related blogs. I ‘ve been trying to think of something else, but for days all I’ve been able to think about is Wittegenstein, Kripke and Meaning Scepticism. I think the appropriate phrase is “It’s doing my head in.” It is very frustrating. I worry that my reading of Kripke is wrong, because so many philosophy academics around the world have made what appears to me to be some glaring blunders. No subsection of the debate exemplifies this more than that which concerns dispositional accounts of meaning. I think I’m right, and a number of my classmates share similar views, but how then could so many people who should know better be so wrong?
As for you Jakob Hohwy, I’m going to devote a special post to your novel attempt at refuting Kripke’s Wittgenstein, detailing it’s decidedly non-novel failure. In the next few days. After I get some more work done on this Kripke paper and my thesis.

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Foucauldian Reflections

Posted by Sam D on June 10, 2005

Foucauldian Reflections

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Posted by Sam D on June 10, 2005

I just put some more links on the side bar. Not that anyone other than myself ever reads this page. I’m trying to asseble a really bizarre cross-section of the web as I know it.

Uni is on break over winter (as much as we have winter down here), so I’ll be able to spend the next few weeks really getting some work done.

Umm, I always have something to say, except when I sit here at this point. Bugger.

Random thought about Kripke: We don’t agree because there is meaning, there is meaing because we agree.
Take that Coates, Goldfarb, Lewis, Soames, Aldrich, Baker & Hacker, Feldman, Blackburn, Ginet and McGinn!

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Posted by Sam D on June 8, 2005

I was thinking about the ramifications that Kriple’s ‘Meaning Scepticism’ has yesterday (as I have been doing for some months now). Pete and I agree that the move from ‘truth conditions’ to ‘assertability conditions’ (plausibly) logically entails a move to a ‘pragmatic’ theory of truth, or something like it. My concern here is not that theory in and of itself, philosophicaly at least.
My concern is that an account of truth of this kind leads to an ad hoc approach to matters that intertwine with ‘truth’ such as ethics and morality. To some extent this already happens. But I am concerned that a pragmatic theory of truth could be more easily misused, misinterpreted and deliberately abused by those who have more power in the discourse. Removing or softening the requirements we might have on the use of the words ‘truth’ or ‘meaning’ could remove one more layer of critique and intellectual rigor that we cannot afford to lose.

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Bland, dont bother reading.

Posted by Sam D on June 1, 2005

Thesis update: Seems to be going well. Bertie strikes from beyond the grave to slay an argument very few people other than a handful of philosophers care about. Yay.

Need to do more on this damned Kripke paper. I’ll give you a descriptive acccount of Meaning!

I think that The System is fraying at the edges.

I have my position at the Uni until the end of the year at least.

I need a break. Sadly if I go just beyond my optimal work load, my thought process starts to feel akin to staring at the sun.

I wonder who got axed in the layoffs at the uni yesterday? I can’t help but feel that this is the beginning of the end of serious academic life in Newcastle.

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