The Gettier Problem in the Philosophy of Science.

May 12, 2016 Mbeljac 3

Philosophy of science has a curious relationship to epistemology, or the theory of knowledge. There is little doubt that in the 20th century the philosophy of science took on a life of its own largely independent of epistemology. Interestingly, given that we begin by making an historical observation, some of […]

Who Was David Hume? A Rationalist, of course!

May 9, 2016 Mbeljac 0

One must grant a belated happy birthday to David Hume (May 07, 1711), one of history’s most insightful thinkers and a favoured philosopher of mine despite the conservatism that is often associated with him. Gottlieb, in a timely review of a new intellectual biography of Hume, observes, “in 2009, he […]

Kuhnian Anomalies and Evolutionary Thought

April 23, 2016 Mbeljac 0

One thing that interests me is the question of anomalies and the structure of scientific revolutions as per Thomas Kuhn. We tend to associate anomalies and revolutionary science with the physical sciences, most especially physics. This is unsurprising because ours is a society where physics has become the queen of […]

Peak Knowledge and Social Complexity: Are They Linked?

April 19, 2016 Mbeljac 0

The New York Times carries a thought provoking op-ed by William Gail on what he refers to as a looming new scientific dark age. Let us put aside the quibble that the dark ages might not have been as dark as commonly supposed. Gail makes the argument that as global […]

Forms at Home in the Universe: On Two Problems of Body

April 11, 2016 Mbeljac 0

The mind-body problem we are familiar with, so let us not tally with this too much; at least, not yet. There is another problem of body, most famously formulated by Eugene Wigner, in his oft cited paper on the “unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the physical sciences. How comes it […]

Self and Emancipation

April 6, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, in many ways the most significant architect of neoliberal Australia, not long ago told a gathering of school students, from Melbourne Grammar no less, that “In the last 30 or 40 years, the quest for self has become central and that quest is both unrewarding […]