New article alert! "W. F. R. Changes His Mind," now out in European Journal for Philosophy of Science. What am I on about now? Read on to find out. You can find the paper here: or feel very free to e-mail me or check my website for a PDF. 1/

🥁 Hey folks. You may know I'm a HUGE fan of Outreachy for its hands-on efforts to bring marginalised people into open source.

As such I am _delighted_ to share that my employers the Wellcome Trust will be supporting Outreachy over the next year, funding ten internship spots for open science Wellcome-related projects:

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Come work with the Logic Group at the Philosophy Department, University of Milan! Postdoc in Logical Foundations of AI – Deadline 30th June 2021

open access publishing in philosophy 

Review of Analytic Philosophy

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personal, moving, covid adj 

I have been busy moving. And I had my first Pfizer dose.

philosophy talk 

I will be doing this next week:

I would very much like to visit Tokyo in person, but that can't happen for the moment.

I use todo.txt with topydo ( and Todo.txt for Android ( That solution works well for me.

For work stuff I use Sublime Text with PlainTasks (, but I'm not entirely happy with that solution, partly because of the file format.

I would like to use #markdown #todo lists. Are there any apps, CLI tools and editor plugins that support that?


A friend from Warwick is organizing the 1st Midlands MAP Festival, a series of talks on issues relevant to minorities in philosophy (and academia in general, really). I think this might be of interest to many people here:

Web Hosts - Recommendations? 

I've used Weebly to host my sites but would like to move away from big entities.

Are there any web building tools you trust or recommend?


journal submission process 

Today I was asked to tick a box saying that everybody in my acknowledgements had agreed to be there. I didn't tick the box, and it let me submit anyway.

It makes me wonder whether I should ask permission. I usually thank almost everybody I have discussed the paper with. I never ask permission. I have never been asked for permission by anybody who has thanked me.

What format(s) should I be using to add to Feel free to reply with other options. :boost_requested:

bibtex citekey regex 

Does somebody have a that will find the citekeys in a file? I want `\cite{foo, bar}` to match 'foo' and 'bar'. This seems like something that would be easy to find, but I haven't found a usable solution. This is my best attempt so far, which works only when there is one key per command:


Job opportunity, UK, libraries & research data :boost_requested: 

Hey folks, we're recruiting for an Assistant Data Services Specialist at the British Library to support our research data strategy and DataCite consortium. It's a great entry-level post for anyone wanting to develop into a career in research data management from a more traditional research or libraries background.

Full time, fixed term (2 years), salary from £23,250

Details & application form: britishlibrary.recruitment.zel

Wondering about academic disciplines 

It seems that it is very common in philosophy to respect someone's work but disbelieve everything they say. And think that there are good reasons why none of their arguments work. And think that there are good arguments for a different view. I assume that that couldn't happen in many disciplines.

I *entirely* forgot to promote this here, but come check out the last three days of our online conference, Digital Studies of Digital Science (DS²)! Free to access, you just need your browser.

plain text 'track changes' 

I need to produce a version of a document where the changes compared to an earlier version are marked (as red text, specifically). Both are markdown. What is my best option?

The first thing that occurs to me is to turn them both into LaTeX and use latexdiff. Is there a better way?

Some of you know I've started a blog called FOSS Academic ( I'm exploring life as an academic who tries to use as much free and open source software as possible. You know, being a lonely humanities Linux user at a university.

I'm writing to solicit questions people might have about being a FOSS Academic. Or maybe to solicit comments on the FOSS Academic Lifestyle Dream. Not that I know all the things, but I'm curious what questions people have about this area, if any.

Looking for recommendations of software/services to live-subtitle my own talk when presenting through a platform I have no control over.

Context: I'm giving a presetation via GoToWebinar. GTW's transcription & subtitling is awful so the organisers have, quite reasonably, asked me to turn on the subtitles feature in Powerpoint. Except... I'm not using Powerpoint. :BlobCat:


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