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Review of Westerhoff’s Twelve Examples of Illusion

February 1, 2012


There are people who seem to really enjoy writing very harsh reviews. I find myself left with a sour taste in my mouth afterwards. And so it is with my review of Westerhoff’s recent book published by Oxford University Press. The review is going to be in the journal Religion but it is already up […]

Werewolves in scientist’s clothing

January 14, 2012


Reminded by a point I raised in my last post, I realised that I have apparently failed to mention an article of mine that is forthcoming in a University of Chicago volume edited by Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry – The Philosophy of Pseudoscience. I have now put an almost final draft of that paper on […]

Knowledge, Value, Evolution is out

July 30, 2011


The volume edited by Tomas Hribek and Juraj Hvorecky, entitled Knowledge, Value, Evolution, is now out and available in all good internet book-stores (as well as Tesco!) It contains articles by Franz Wuketits, Jonathan Knowles and Jaroslav Peregrin. It also contains an article of mine that I mentioned earlier on this blog. The have-to I […]

Review of Plotkin’s Evolutionary Worlds without End

July 29, 2011


Not long ago, Philosophy in Review put online a review I did of Henry Plotkin’s Evolutionary Worlds without End. A most worthwhile read (the book that is, the assessment of the review I leave to others). Here is the first paragraph: Plotkin’s synthesis is a gem of a book, but a flawed gem. His vision […]

Draft version of For God and Country, but not necessarily for Truth

July 28, 2011


I have put up on a draft of my article on ideology and religion – it has been one of the things I have been working on instead of writing on the blog. Here is the abstract: Drawing upon the distinction between beliefs whose function is related to their truth and those where it […]

Review of Epistemology and Emotions

July 9, 2010


My review of Epistemology and Emotions edited by Brun, Doguoglu and Kuenzle is now out in the most recent issue of International Studies in Philosophy of Science. While not definitive, the volume is quite interesting and makes a number of valuable points. I spend much of my review, however, picking apart an article by Peter […]

O’Hear’s Tensions

February 17, 2010


As I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts, I attended a conference toward the end of last year during which Anthony O’Hear presented a paper. Afterwards, I wrote a lengthy paper, “Evolution, cognition, value: the ingredients for a naturalist philosophy”, critiquing his views and putting forward an alternative, naturalist view. The paper will probably be […]

Behavioral & Brain Sciences article available

February 12, 2010


The McKay and Dennett article and discussion in BBS 32.6 is now available on the web, including my own commentary to it. The other commentaries are nearly all as interesting. One thing that I found particularly striking was that many of the authors seem to be now moving toward the kind of dual inheritance explanation […]

In the works

January 27, 2010


I have been working on the much delayed habilitationschrift recently but, also, have been writing a few other things that are tied to the book and are responding to things others have written. One thing I have mentioned is a Behavioral and Brain Sciences commentary on an article by Ryan McKay and Dan Dennett concerning […]

Comments on Reluctance to Exchange Lottery Tickets – Introduction

August 26, 2009


As a way to bring together some of my early thoughts on Risen & Gilovich’s work on tempting fate, I am going to write down some relatively unformed comments on their first paper “Another Look at Why People Are Reluctant to Exchange Lottery Tickets”. I plan to go section by section so some of the […]