Without Compunction

In which an inveterate punster, after a lifetime of wordplay, enters the Pun-Off World Championships. And completely chokes…
In which an inveterate punster, after a lifetime of wordplay, enters the Pun-Off World Championships. And completely chokes… [More]

Herta Müller’s Language of Resistance

What happens when Communist censors strip a text of the word “suitcase”? And instead of “coffin” insist on “earth furniture”? A strange poetry…
What happens when Communist censors strip a text of the word “suitcase”? And instead of “coffin” insist on “earth furniture”? A strange poetry… [More]

IAI Interview: Logic and the Linguistic Turn

Michael Potter is Professor of Logic in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1989. His forthcoming book, Wittgenstein 1916, will be a study of Wittgenstein's views on ethics and religion during the First World War, during the time he was writing his famous Tractatus. Our friends at IAI spoke to him about Wittgenstein, the linguistic turn and the importance of logic to the study of language. [More]

Battle for the English language

Do you use “one” as a pronoun for an impersonal subject? Avoid hyphens? We’re gaga for grammar, but relativism is spoiling Standard English…
Do you use “one” as a pronoun for an impersonal subject? Avoid hyphens? We’re gaga for grammar, but relativism is spoiling Standard English… [More]

The Daily Owl 9-12-2013

"If two persons picture the same thing, each still has his own idea." (Frege)
"If two persons picture the same thing, each still has his own idea." (Frege) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-29-2013

"Whenever we say something, we don’t say exactly what was meant because we inadvertently say more and less than we meant due to the vagueness of language."
"Whenever we say something, we don’t say exactly what was meant because we inadvertently say more and less than we meant due to the vagueness of language." [More]

Logic, What is It Good For?

A student in my introductory logic course expressed some frustration with the course this evening. What do you think of my response?
A student in my introductory logic course expressed some frustration with the course this evening. What do you think of my response? [More]

Workshop Announcement and Call for Papers: CMNA 2011

The 2011 CMNA workshops will be held concurrently with the 25th AAAI Conference in San Francisco, CA,  August 7-11. Description The series of CMNA workshops, since its inception in 2001, has been acting to nurture and provide succor to the ever growing community working in “Argument and Compu... [More]

Greek Philosophy and Postmodernism

I have a friend, a postmodernist, who believes that language constitutes thought. As a corollary, he believes that without language we couldn’t think. He told me recently that he first encountered the idea in a class he took on Plato. If all of Western philosophy indeed are footnotes to Plato, then ... [More]