Welcome to Installment #169 of the Philosophers’ Carnival, a monthly digest of substantive philosophy posts from around the blogosphere! Many thanks to Tristan Haze and Lewis Powell for helpful suggestions of things to include.
Janice Dowell posted an excerpt from “Some thoughts on constructing and justifying semantic and metasemantic theories” on PEA Soup, which I followed back to the full piece on Meena Krishnamurthy’s blog Philosop-her. Since Professor Dowell posted there this blog has featured Christine Korsgaard on provisional rights and the state, Robin Jeshion on the semantics of slurs, and Lisa Bortolotti on the epistemic benefits of delusion.
If you have time to settle in for a bit with a cup of Pu-erh, Philip Cartwright has posted an excellent discussion of the negative account of understanding in Philosophical Investigations §§138-242, titled “Understanding, States, and Correctness.”
Jon Cogburn’s post on the subject led me to Matthew David Segall’s discussion at Footnotes 2 Plato of “Shaviro on Harman and Whitehead: Process- vs. Object-Oriented Philosophies.” Mr. Segall bites the bullet on an infinite relational regress in ontology, championing Whitehead over Harman.
Laura Bernhardt at Ginger IS the Professor writes about music as a practice and about “the failure of most recent ontologies of music to take it seriously as a practice rather than an object.” Perhaps some Whitehead is in order?
At The Space of Reasons Avery Archer offers an objection to an otherwise strong-seeming argument of Peter Hanks’ by offering an example suggesting that uses of ‘knows’ need not be univocal to be felicitous.
Alexander Pruss, the Iron Man of philosophy blogging, has a slew of new posts since
I started typing this post up this morning last month’s Carnival, including this intriguing one about Antipresentism. While briefly away from his own blog he also managed this nice post on Hiddenness and the Necessary Condition Fallacy at the Prosblogion as well.
Kipling appears to have been premature in his assessment, as Elisa Freschi’s and Skholiast’s posts show – the meeting between East and West is underway as you read this. Check out Warp, Weft, and Way and Speculum Criticum Traditionis for the details!
Gabriele Contessa at Yet Another Philosopher’s Blog?!? asks about Logic versus Rhetoric in Philosophical Argumentation.
At More Important than That, David Papineau talks about Sporting Geography, Political Geography, and the Ryder Cup; Tristan Haze at Sprachlogik has a post about Granularity and Relativism about Truth.
This month’s installment of the Philosopher’s Carnival concludes with Sam the Platopus talking about Kuhn in relation to Popper. He writes: “With its paradigm in tatters a field may become increasingly fragmented, until in the end there are as many competing theories as there are experts, each trying to reconstruct the entire field from the ground up. At some point one of the competing theories will begin to dominate, ultimately becoming established as the new paradigm.”
In most fields, we take the situation described by the first sentence as a kind of sickness, the second as the beginning of a restoration to health. I am somewhat inclined to think that just the opposite is true of philosophy.
Thanks for reading! Please submit post suggestions for next month using the form on the Carnival homepage. And don’t forget to tune in to Philosophy, et cetera next month, where Richard Chappell will be hosting Carnival #170. Enjoy!