September 4, 2008

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.

Elsewhere on the Web

I'd like to draw all of your attention to a couple of sites. The first is Houyhnhnm Land (no, I don't have any idea how to pronounce 'Houyhnhnm' or what it means), a resource for the study of early modern thought created by Brandon Watson (of Siris fame). I have just finished my first post to the Houyhnhnm Land guest blog, "Berkeley and Ordinary Objects". In the future, I plan to cross-post everything, but for now I am going to tell all of you to click on over there and explore the site.

Secondly, Logical Space, the brain child of Lewis Powell. You may have noticed that Wikipedia's philosophy articles are almost uniformly terrible. However, resources like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy can be a bit overwhelming when you are looking for a quick summary. Furthermore, there are other things philosophers might want to look up in a reference site besides just philosophy - for instance, they might want to know about different philosophy departments, journals, conferences, or organizations. Lewis's idea was to set up a wiki for this purpose which could be edited only by those with some minimal level of expertise. This is Logical Space. I did some work on it a couple months ago, and I think it is a promising idea. Unfortunately, it hasn't caught on yet (it hasn't been edited in over a month). I'm hoping there will be more activity once people come back from vacation. I would encourage all of you to get involved. An especially helpful way to use this site, I think, is for those words you come across when reading philosophy that don't appear in most dictionaries. If we could get most of those on the site it could be an invaluable resource for beginning students, at least.

Posted by Kenny at September 4, 2008 7:45 PM
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Houyhnhnms were one of the races in Gulliver's Travels.

Posted by: Curious Presbyterian at September 5, 2008 1:20 PM

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