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The sacred in modern law

January 1, 2010


Today, the new Irish blasphemy law has come into force: A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €100,000. “Blasphemous matter” is defined as matter “that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held […]

Anschluss anniversary

March 12, 2008


In general I try to only bring up in this blog issues related to superstition. There are exceptions. Given the time I spent in Austria I have been keeping up to date with what is happening there. Today is the 70th anniversary of the Anschluss. Most of the Austrian politicians seem to be rather ashamed […]

CFP: Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop 2008

February 23, 2008


Kazimierz Dolny, Poland – September 6th – 10th 2008 Invited key speakers Susan Stuart (University of Glasgow, UK) David Papineau (King’s College London, UK) Susan Haack (University of Miami, USA) Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University, Sweden) Ingo Brigandt (University of Alberta, Canada) Naturalism is currently the most vibrantly developing approach to philosophy, with naturalised methodologies being […]

NDPR review of How Successful is Naturalism?

February 7, 2008


Last year I contributed a paper to a volume on naturalism edited by Georg Gasser. The review of this book has just come out in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. NDPR tend to have a very high standard of reviews that are both informative and insightful. Jo Rouse’s review is no different in this respect, […]

Pigliucci and D. S. Wilson on atheism

February 7, 2008


A few days ago I added the Secular Philosophy blog to my list of links even though it only had a couple of posts at that time. Since then there has been a number of interesting posts on the site including Massimo Pigliucci’s comment on a series of posts that David Sloan Wilson has in […]

Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop 2008

February 2, 2008


Every year at the start of September Marcin Milkowski and I co-organise a small workshop in Kazimierz Dolny in Poland. In previous years this was called the Kazimierz Naturalised Epistemology Workshop but, this year, we have decided to slightly change the name to better reflect the broader focus that the workshops actually have. We are […]

Secular Philosophy

January 28, 2008


Just added a link to the Secular Philosophy blog which is to include posts by Dan Dennett, Massimo Pigliucci and Colin McGinn. The blog was started just this month so it is hard to know how interesting it will be. My main worry is that neither Dennett nor the others have enough time to be […]

The Stuart Vyse blog

January 9, 2008


Stuart Vyse, the author of Believing in Magic, is about to have another book come out. The book is about the irrational economic behaviour of Americans. To post news about it, Vyse has created a blog. While not directly dealing with superstition, it will probably be of interest to those who are interested in irrational […]

Two Trondheim talks

January 7, 2008


It turns out that I am to give two talks in Trondheim, the first to a broad audience, the second to a group of philosophers. January 22nd – Superstition as science Is the idea of a lucky number scientific? Obviously not. The more interesting question, however, is why not? After all, the early anthropologists Frazer […]

Skeptical Inquirer article accepted

November 22, 2007


I’ve just got the news that the article I wrote for the Skeptical Inquirer in June has been accepted and will be published some time in 2008. As it is, it looks like I will use the title of that article as the title of the book.