Wednesday 15 October 2014

Philosophers' Carnival #168

Welcome to the 168th edition of the Philosophers' Carnival, a monthly digest of substantive analytic philosophy from around the blogosphere.

It seems like substantive philosophy blogging is in pretty good shape at the moment - but the landscape has been changing, so that things may not look healthy if you just stick to the old popular venues. Quite a few writers came out of the woodwork recently when Brian Weatherson started his new tumblr blog, And Another Thing. (He has a few posts on this theme, here, here and here.)

At Brains, Dan Weiskopf, Featured Scholar, is doing a series of posts on representation and concepts from a philosophy of mind / neuroscience perspective.

At wo's weblog, Wolfgang Schwarz posts on Centred propositions and agent-relative value.

At the Indian Philosophy Blog, an attempt by Anand Vaidya to link the epistemology of modality as studied in analytic philosophy with classical Indian philosophy. Here.

At The Space of Reasons, Avery Archer has a post on Heathwood's Disagreement Argument Against Hedonic Tone Theory.

At M-Phi, Catarina Dulith Novaes posts on the question of What makes a mathematical proof beautiful?

At Philosophical Disquisitions, John Danaher posts on the question Should we abolish work? Secondly, this is a bit meta by Carnival standards, but I can't resist linking to a post on a topic close to my heart, Can blogging be academically valuable? Seven reasons for thinking it might be.

At language goes on holiday, Duncan Richter has post on The Truth in Relativism.

(It's not clear to me from the post what the scope of the relativism is that he has in mind (is he talking about the subject matter of philosophy? or all subject matter?), and I don't find myself resonating with much of it. I include it partly because I have been meaning to blog myself on relativism about truth, and how the doctrine of semantic granularity can shed light on its meaning and motivation. I will now try to get this done today. UPDATE: Here it is.)

At A Philosopher's Take, new contributor Niall Roe has a post on Peirce, Reid and Kant.

At A Bag of Raisins, Sean Stidd is doing a series of posts on Peter Winch's book Simone Weil: A Just Balance, covering it chapter by chapter. The first two are up.

At Jon Cogburn's Blog, which has become active again - very active - now that Cogburn has left New APPS and struck out on his own, there are some posts connected with (among other things) the Evans/Salmon argument against vague identity. This one features numbered links, at the bottom, to all the others so far. Dave Ripley and Mike Almeida have stuff to say in the comments. Cogburn responds with his usual energy.

At Aesthetics For Birds, guest poster Tom Leddy offers a Defense of Hume's Sentimentalist Theory of Taste.

At Certain Doubts, John Turri posts on Epistemic closure and folk epistemology, to much discussion.

At Philosophy et cetera, Richard Chappell has two new posts about the notion of quality adjusted life years (QALYs) in practical ethics.

At Alexander Pruss's blog, which continues to pump out a staggering amount of technical arguments and suggestions to be coming from one man alone, two of the most intriguing recent posts (intriguing to me) are Two applications of 'ought implies can'? and Two kinds of desire strength.

That's all for this month. Please submit for next month using the form on the Carnival homepage.


This month marks the second anniversary of my taking over the organization of the Carnival from Richard Chappell. It's become my custom to host each October. Here is a Metacarnival collecting the past year's editions:

#167: More Important Than That - September 17th, 2014. [I was very pleased to have the eminent Professor David Papineau to host this one.]

#166: Philosophical Disquisitions - August 10, 2014. [I discovered John Danaher's blog just this year, and it's serious stuff. Intersects with futurism and the rationality community.]

#165: Siris - July 10, 2014

#164: The Splintered Mind - June 10, 2014 [Eric Schwitzgebel went above and beyond the call of duty again this year.]

#163: Indian Philosophy - May 10, 2014

#162: Aesthetics For Birds - April 10, 2014 [This is by far the trendiest philosophy blog, probably ever.]

#161: The Uncredible Hallq - March 10, 2014

#160: Kenny Pearce's Blog - February 10, 2014

#159: Scholardarity - January 10, 2014

#158: Philosophy, et cetera - December 10, 2013 [Richard Chappell, founder and former organizer of the Carnival, is still good for hosting duties. Look out for him hosting an edition in December of this year.]

#157: FsOpHo - November 10, 2013

#156: Sprachlogik - October 10, 2013

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