Reactions and Reviews
Reviews are forthcoming in
Science, by Greg Wheeler, 2007
Achille Varzi, Columbia University, NY, USA
An interesting collection, and the website has excerpts of interviews with many well-known philosophers and logicians. The autobiographical remarks by Clark Glymour (Carnegie-Mellon) are especially entertaining, but also check out the excerpts from interviews with Dagfinn Follesdal (Stanford/Oslo) discussing the relationship between philosophy and other disciplines; Wolfgang Spohn (Konstanz) reflecting on, as it were, the political economy of the discipline of philosophy over the last 50 years; and Patrick Suppes (Stanford) and Timothy Williamson (Oxford) on "open problems" in philosophy.
Brian Leiter, Leiter Reports, November 11, 2005
More Interviews with Philosophers
Brian Leiter, Leiter Reports, August 10, 2006
I just ran across Formal Philosophy, edited by Vincent Hendricks and John Symons (Automatic Press, 2005). It's a priced, printed book consisting of interviews with a large number of philosophers who use formal (i.e. logical and mathematical) methods in their work. What's interesting here is that the publisher has posted substantial excerpts from many of the interviews free online, presumably as an advertisement to help sell the book. Note how much larger these excerpts are than the Google Library snippets that have frightened some publishers into a litigious frenzy. There are probably many books like Formal Philosophy and publishers like Automatic Press. Of course there are also many books for which free online full-text coexists with a priced, print edition and helps boost its sales. This is just a reminder that Pat Schroeder and the AAP don't speak for all book publishers, just as Nick Taylor and the Authors Guild don't speak for all book authors.
Peter Suber, Open Access News, November 17, 2005
What to put under the X-mas tree this year? Vincent F. Hendricks' 'Formal Philosophy'. A series of interviews with some of the top people in formal philosophy the last decades, e.g., van Benthem, S. Haack, D. Føllesdal, J. Hintikka, P. Suppes and T. Williamson. If you want to read some abstracts of the interviews, why don't go here or maybe, if you want the book in time for Christmas, this is where you should go. Mine is already on its way.
Vincent Hendricks and John Symons have a nice edited collection.
Greg Restall, consequently.org. November 2005
There is an interesting book out titled Formal Philosophy. The purpose of the book is to get the views of prominent philosophers on the role of formal methods in philosophy, and philosophy's relation to other fields of inquiry.
John Basl, Normal Science, November 14, 2005
What is the task of philosophy? And what are
philosophical methods? Do they differ from scientific methods? And what
are the characteristics of a good philosopher? The last question Dagfin
Follesdal answers as follows:
Vanessa Morlock, enwe's weblog, November 13, 2005
The Philosophers Magazine, July 2006
Dialectic, November 16, 2005
The soon-to-be-released Formal Philosophy has a teaser website with some terrific excerpts by philosophers about technical philosophy. See below for highlights, including Clark Glymour's exercises with Spinoza, Jaakko Hintikka on speaking logic like a native, and Krister Segerberg on how to go beyond Aristotle.
Texas A&M University, November 11, 2005