February 1, 2010

This Post is Old!

The post you are reading is years old and may not represent my current views. I started blogging around the time I first began to study philosophy, age 17. In my view, the point of philosophy is to expose our beliefs to rational scrutiny so we can revise them and get better beliefs that are more likely to be true. That's what I've been up to all these years, and this blog has been part of that process. For my latest thoughts, please see the front page.

Philosophers' Carnival 103

The 103rd Philosophers' Carnival is now up at Philosophy, etc. with a link to my post on seeing the world through teleology-colored glasses.

Also of interest in the new philosophers' carnival is Chris Hallquist's discussion of reformed epistemology and moral realism. In the course of his discussion, Chris gives a narrative of the history of early modern philosophy which is similar to my Berkeley-centric narrative (despite not mentioning Berkeley): Descartes sets up an impossible program, Hume shows that either Cartesian or classical empiricist assumptions lead inevitably to skepticism, and this motivates a 'Reidian' program which continues to this day. (Chris doesn't attribute the program to Reid, but describes the program in much the same way I did.) The clearest 20th century exponents of the 'Reidian' program are G.E. Moore and Alvin Plantinga.

Posted by Kenny at February 1, 2010 4:21 PM
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Off-topic: I was just wondering if you were hosting the next philosopher's carnival, and that if you were, is there a theme for it? I oftentimes submit to these things and miss the "theme" posts.

*goes and reads about teleology-colored glasses*

Posted by: ashok at February 21, 2010 11:30 PM

Hi Ashok. I am hosting the next carnival (I suppose I should post an announcement) and there is not a theme.

Posted by: Kenny at February 22, 2010 9:07 AM

Thanks so much - now I just have to figure out what to submit...

Posted by: ashok at February 22, 2010 10:00 PM

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