Wittgenstein: belief, behaviour and beetles

11/28/2012 10:24:00 AM

The topic of today’s post is the meaning of mental-state terms, such as ‘belief’ and ‘desire.’ These terms are commonly used to refer, somewhat mysteriously, to strange things going on inside our heads. When a person says ‘I believe ...

Some thoughts about 'atheism', 'theism' and 'agnosticism'

10/17/2012 16:08:00 PM

It is common for people to describe themselves in relation to the question of the existence of God as 'atheist', 'theist' or 'agnostic'. Even before we get into the interminable debate as to whether there really is such a thing as God, I think ...

Colin McGinn on the limits of explanation

10/11/2012 07:50:00 AM

McGinn: mean but fairThere has been a widespread assumption in philosophy, and other disciplines, that the problems of the world are there waiting to be solved, and that indeed they can and will be solved by human beings. The problem of con ...

'If time-travel is possible, where are all the time-travellers?'

08/31/2012 03:44:00 AM

Philosophy Of... returns, after a short leave of absence!

Strange loops

05/13/2012 15:28:00 PM

In 'The Barber Paradox' and 'The Pinocchio Paradox', I gave examples of self-reference paradoxes. Douglas Hofstadter, in 'Godel, Escher, Bach' introduces the notion of a 'strange loop', saying:'The "Strange Loop" phenomenon occurs whenever, ...

Mary and the black and white room

05/09/2012 09:40:00 AM

Is there 'something-it-is-like' to see red, over and above the

What is knowledge?

05/06/2012 12:33:00 PM

If knowledge isn't Justified True Belief, then what the hell is it?Philosophers like to analyze concepts; that is, to take a concept and give conditions necessary and sufficient for that concept. For example, an analysis of ‘talking bullshit’ ...

The 'Pinocchio paradox'

05/02/2012 18:08:00 PM

As usual, Philosoraptor makes an intriguing point. It's a type of self-reference paradox; a variant of the 'liar' paradox.The possible paradox can be phrased as follows:

The supposed passage of time

05/01/2012 15:49:00 PM

Time seems to pass - at least, that’s what plenty of people (some philosophers included) seem to think. However, on reflection, it’s pretty baffling what this claim is supposed to amount to. Taking it literally, we might suppose that time ...

In defence of William Lane Craig

04/27/2012 17:22:00 PM

William Lane Craig, or 'Bill' to his mates.William Lane Craig is a Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is best known for his 'Christian apologetics', which has led him into combat with some of the world's ...