philosophy of language 

Pagin and Westerståhl discuss Pagin's argument.

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philosophy of language 

Pagin's 'Communication and Strong Compositionality' is about this.

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philosophy of language 

I have been thinking about a question that I would have expected to have been discussed, but I haven't come across much.

We are told that a theory of meaning for a language is important because it illuminates the question of how speakers can encounter a novel sentence and work out what it means.

Textbooks in semantics often start with this motivation. I have taught the topic this way too.

What about the task for the speaker of selecting the right sentence?

What is a political philosophy that celebrates weirdness and difference and its radical potential?

I started thinking about this because I got thrown a question during my thesis defence whether I am arguing in favour of human divergence rather than convergence (my thesis is about privacy as kind of breathing space). To be honest, I hadn’t thought about it so much in terms of political philosophy, and I’m a bit concerned about drifting into middle of the road liberalism with middle age 😀

book reviews 

I'm thinking of academic books, in particular.

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book reviews 

I have read reviews where the author of the review thanks the author of the reviewed book. That suggests to me that the review as shared with the author before it was submitted.

Is that common practice? Should I do it?


I have a paper where I provide a new argument for a view. When I presented the paper, I often got questions which were objections to the view itself, not the specific new argument. I got some of that in a referee report too. I then added a section to the paper where I address all these objections. But now the paper is too long. I'm thinking about just removing that section. But I think that I will then get some or all of the objections from the next referees.

Ubuntu 20.20 

The first thing I noticed is that gedit colours markdown better.

book review 

I'm going to review Stefano Predelli's 'Fictional Discourse' some time in the next few months.

Does anyone have thoughts on

I'm thinking of moving away from SSRN as a working-paper host (owned by Elsevier, lack of transparency, useless metrics, etc.).

Writers/Academics, how do y'all tally your daily/weekly/monthly word count? Do you use an app? Do you journal it?


What about cases where someone is sometimes published with a shortened version of their name? E.g., 'Tom' for 'Thomas'.

I try to be very careful about that myself, and always have my full name on programmes and publications even though lots of people call me by the short version.

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How do you say goodbye to a product of technology (or craft) that has been with you for a long time but isn’t fixable any more and has to be replaced? For example, a pair of shoes or a smartphone?

Boosts and comments appreciated!


If somebody sometimes publishes with their middle initial and sometimes without, can I add it to the papers without to make my bibliography neater, and to make it clear that there is just one person?

Question: Is there somewhere a philosophical, sociological, or media theoretical typology of individual or collective stupidity / ignorance / naivity / foolishness? (I don't mean mental health or disabilities)

Bib(La)Tex manager for Android? 

Is there any or manager for worthy of the name?

Someone is trying to build a #language learning app like #duolingo, but it's free software. Maybe you want to help out?: #librelingo

academic journal gripe 

I wish that journals would tell me the decisions for papers I referee, and when they are published.

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