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The cat reacts to my reading metaphysics with loud screaming and attacking my notes.

Also, if something is CC-BY on Flickr, I'm assuming that I have attributed it if I include a link. I hope that's right.

I'm finding it surprisingly difficult to put a CC-BY image on my slides/handouts. When I include PNGs as images through Pandoc they are big and fuzzy, especially on Beamer slides. Neither the EPS or SVG works when making PDFs with Pandoc. (Except that it did work with one slide deck for a reason that I haven't discovered.)

I'm assuming that if I have the text and no image the legal status is the same, so maybe this isn't worth thinking too hard about.

This week I introduced students to J. L. Austin's theory of speech acts, and discussed how it could be used to make sense of Catharine MacKinnon's claim that pornography silences women (at least as that claim has been taken up by some philosophers of language).

I've created an account on, because I like the idea of a cooperative business model for social media. I'm going to try to use both accounts for different things. I will be following some people from there instead.

Does anyone use Zotero for file management and citations? Any advice for someone just getting started?

Hi, fellow academics: if I were to make a personal website, what should I add on there besides my CV?

Hi! Can you guys give me a suggestion on which reference software to use? I'll be mainly citing from news articles, academic thesis / dissertations, a few papers from journals and conferences, and probably a few blogs

I just found out that it's now possible to support the excellent work of Emiliano Heyns on Better Bib(la)tex at

BBT ( is a fantastic Zotero plugin that allows you to export your Zotero library to a fully featured Bibtex/Biblatex/etc. file, whether because you're writing in Latex or because you'd like to have a robust way to export and back up your Zotero data

it's been super useful to me, and you should check both it and the Patreon out!

What should I read to understand digital humanities, and find out how a philosopher can contribute and/or benefit from them?

I know that's a broad question.

Boosts appreciated.

Ok, fellow professors, I need help. Tips on getting more students to participate in class discussions. I have tried:
1) "warm up" questions, where they form groups and come up with answers to the Qs I will pose as we discuss
2) Full-on group work where they write out questions based on the reading, as well as their answers

They will talk a lot during those, but when I ask questions, the same 10% of class answers.

Any suggestions?

The florist couldn't handle an 'ę'.

because the authors of the original csl made it CC BY SA, so I can tweak it and share it.

Is there a referencing style where the inline citations are, roughly, Author + Title? I think that would be nice and clear on slides.

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I had some good questions about Grice today. One was whether a computer could be programmed calculate and make implicatures. My first thought is that Grice's presentation makes implicature calculation non-monotonic and therefore susceptible to the frame problem. It occurs to me that I don't know much about artificial intelligence and pragmatics which I suppose must be a vibrant subfield.

Dear #academics / #scholars,

Have you heard of any developments of a Theory Graph? Say, a system that keeps track of the relationship of one discipline's body of literature to another, notes differences or findings that affirm or cast doubt upon a particular premise/conclusion?

Such a system may help to discourage siloing, increase ease of research discoverability and use, and the misuse of research for political aims.
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