Monday, August 18, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Aikin and Talisse have a piece that will appear on Monday at 3 Quarks Daily about "Semantics and Pragmatics." We'll post the link on Monday. Here's the opening paragraph:
Ernie: “Is it possible you’ll be around after lunch for a quick chat?”Bert: “Yes.”Ernie: “Ok. I’ll see you then.”Bert: “Wait, wait! I didn’t say I’d be around after lunch!”Ernie: “What the heck?!?!”This is a case of a conversational misfire, and although errors of this kind are the central ingredients of the humor of people like Woody Allen, Larry David, and Lewis Carroll, such misfires can create a good deal of argumentative and philosophical confusion. Let’s start with a quick diagnosis of the misfire above, then we’ll identify why this kind of misfire is common. We’ll finish by pointing to a few philosophical lessons.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
On Friday, May 9, at 6:30pm, there will be a book launch event at Parnassus Books in Nashville for Why We Argue.
Aikin and Talisse will give a short presentation about the book, which will be followed by discussion and book signing. Light refreshments will be served. If you're in or around Nashville, please join them!
Friday, March 28, 2014
Why We Argue has just been reviewed in The Australian.
This is a clear and lucid book, and if its authors tend at times to talk as if naked demagoguery, deception and wilful blindness to the facts are incidental to politics, as opposed to part of its DNA, this is only because they are putting forward an ideal version of democracy in which we all have the potential to become philosophers.
Taken in that spirit, Why We Argue is a fascinating contribution to an important field.