Realism

The analytical philosophy of logical positivism or logical empiricism, which dominated 20th-century Anglo-American scientific thinking, leaves philosophy with a complex and problematic legacy that must be addressed and overcome if we are to have any hope of a renewed, meaningful, philosophically rational realism. On the one hand, the positivist view of philosophy is deflationary, diminishing…

Meaning in Fact

Oughts and Thoughts: Scepticism and the Normativity of Meaning is a 2007 book by Oxford philosophy professor Anandi Hattiangadi that develops a response to Saul Kripke’s skepticism about whether there is a fact of meaning in a person’s use of language. In Kripke’s 1984 book Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language he argued, via a…

No Bro is an Island (of Consciousness)

Philosophy Bro’s summary of Hegel’s “Lordship and Bondage” is a little thin compared to some of his others, but as usual he is on target with the major landmarks: So why is self-consciousness so fucking tricky? Because its opposite is just other self-consciousnesses. Philosophy Bro points out here the big difference between Hegel’s analysis of…

Physics, Marxism, and Clock Time

Despite egregious and inexcusable errors in matters of human historical judgment, the Marxist tradition occasionally produces some sharp, worthwhile, and rigorous engagement with science that is often lacking in other philosophical traditions. Take this page on Relativity Theory from Marxists.org discussing time, physics, Newton, Einstein, and philosophy. Here is a key quote: Newton envisaged time…