The Gettier Problem in the Philosophy of Science.

May 12, 2016 Agrippa 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 Agrippa 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 […]

What’s in a Missile Engine? Heaps, if it’s North Korean

May 2, 2016 Agrippa 0

Hitherto, among serious analysts, two major technical limitations have been seen as characterising North Korea’s strategic programme. The first is the drive to develop a nuclear warhead of relatively low throw weight, light enough for an ICBM programme and even light enough for use against South Korea and Japan. North […]

Kuhnian Anomalies and Evolutionary Thought

April 23, 2016 Agrippa 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 Agrippa 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 […]

Nuit debout, Everywhere, Every Workplace

April 12, 2016 Agrippa 0

What is happening in France is a delight to witness. Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados of Spain, and now Nuit debout in France has recrystallised the opposition to neoliberal globalisation in the West after the movement’s post 9/11 dormancy. The crafting of a new world beyond corporate globalisation, beyond capitalism […]