My entry on “Water, Food, and Agriculture” in the Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (Springer).
Category: Research Interests
Review of Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein and Wide Fields of Thought by Robert Greenleaf Brice in Philosophical Investigations, Volume 39, Issue 1.
This is a reply to an article by Hao Tang (“A Meeting of the Conceptual and the Natural: Wittgenstein on Learning a Sensation-Language”) that appeared recently in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (Vol. XCI No. 1, July 2015; 105-135). I do not know whether the journal publishes replies, but this is…
Nearly a third of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are being drained faster than water can be returned to them, threatening regions that support two billion people, a recent study found.
Conference Call For Papers
Moral Cultures of Food: Access, Production, and Consumption from Past to Present
April 2, 2015 – April 4, 2015
UNT Initiative in Food Culture and Environment, University of North Texas
Denton, United States
The Financial Times has published an investigation that concludes that there are flaws with the data behind Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. They have presented a summary of the investigation and a detailed report on Piketty’s data. After examining his data, The Financial Times (more specifically Chris Giles) finds that…
It is easy for me to forget that Gilbert Ryle’s The Concept of Mind was published in 1949, four years before the posthumous publication of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. In a letter to Norman Malcolm in 1950, Wittgenstein writes “I can’t say that Ryle’s book worries me. Perhaps it ought to, but it doesn’t.” The worry, it seems, is about some of his own ideas appearing in Ryle’s book rather than in a publication by himself. The view that Ryle had borrowed some of his ideas is perhaps what Wittgenstein is alluding to in a conversation with O. K. Bouwsma. He reports Wittgenstein saying that “Ryle had been good when he was young. Now he just borrowed other men’s thoughts. I suggested this was due to the burden of administrative duties. But W. said it was much worse.” More insight into what Wittgenstein thought of Ryle is found in some other letters that have been collected in Wittgenstein in Cambridge: Letters and Documents 1911–1951, along with the comments by the editor Brian McGuinness.
It appears that at one point Wittgenstein had some affection for Ryle. In a letter to G. E. Moore from 1936, he asks Moore “to give him my love.” The sentence that immediately follows expresses a low opinion of his philosophical talent, but a high one of Ryle as a person; referring to a talk that Ryle delivered, perhaps to the Moral Science Club at Cambridge, Wittgenstein writes: “I can quite imagine that he didn’t read a good paper and also that he was nice and decent and agreeable in the discussion.”
A new issue of the Nordic Wittgenstein Review will be published in June: Volume 3 / Number 1 (Jun 2014), eds. Yrsa Neuman, Martin Gustafsson, Lars Hertzberg.
“Nature has joined men at the heart, and the professors would like them to be joined at the head.” G. C. Lichtenberg Which type of union is more secure? Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment portrays the former to be the stronger. Not only can we not be united through our heads; our heads…
As reviewed in this article in Mother Jones, research published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has shown a link between belief in free will and the desire to see others punished. Several studies were used to test the hypothesis that “a key factor promoting belief in free will…