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A Problem for Direct Realism

Here I take a central thesis of a direct realism theory of perception to be the idea that if we are directly aware of objects, and not a sense-datum or idea, then we have to say that things such as colour must be such that reference can be made to them without reference to any subjective or phenomenal experience of perceivers- we cannot reference colour except by way of referencing it as we experience it, ergo phenomenal concepts. 374 more words

Philosophy

Negative Knowledge

This discussion is inspired by a portion of the book Antifragile, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. We will discuss the concept of negative knowledge, which is knowledge we gain from negative statements. 514 more words

Epistemology

Postmodernism, a Failure of Nerve?

‘Postmodernists nearly all reject classical foundationalism; in this they concur with most Christian thinkers and most contemporary philosophers. Momentously enough, however, many postmodernists apparently believe that the demise of classical foundationalism implies something far more startling: that there is no such thing as truth at all, no way things really are. 539 more words

Philosophy

Notes on Sellars and Philosophy of Nature

– Sellars spends a good deal of time in his essay ‘Aristotelian Philosophies of Mind‘ critiquing said philosophies of mind on the grounds that they represent a prescientific way of thinking about intellect, cognition, etc. 394 more words

Philosophy

Externalism in Philosophical Issues

Several papers relating to extended mind, collective belief and extended knowledge in Philosophical Issues. Not one mention of Hayek . . . and minimal network or complexity theory. 34 more words

Cognitive Science

Grammar Of Assent/Loss and Gain

Newman’s classic An Essay In Aid Of A Grammar Of Assent is unlikely to have been read by mainstream epistemologists — much to their shame. GoA is freely available on… 15 more words

Philosophical Literature

ePortfolios: for whom and wherefore 

(unformed thoughts...) I’m exploring a student e-portfolio solution. I probably didn’t need to install an instance of Moodle (2.5.9) and one of Mahara ( 551 more words

Epistemology