Dining Philosophers

Did you know of the dining philosophers’ problem? It’s a classic problem in computer science, where it is used to study the sharing of scarce resources among different processes. Five philosophers sit around the table, where they think and eat. (Isn’t that what philosophers do?) There is a fork between …

Graduate Student Publishing

Thom Brooks, The Postgraduate’s Guide to Getting Published. This is a very helpful guide to getting published as a graduate student. For some commentary on it, see Leiter Reports.Students should also be cautioned not to publish too much too early. If they publish lousy work, it will haunt them for …

Upcoming Conference Deadlines

Some calls for papers of interest to philosophers of mind, psychology, and neuroscience:February 15 Eastern APAMarch 1 Society for Philosophy and PsychologyMarch 15 International Society for Research on Emotions—2006 Computing and Philosophy conferencesEuropean-CAP 2006 Conference22-24 June, 2006****February 3, 2006*** Submission of extended abstractsHosted by the Dragvoll campus of the Norwegian …

Some General Purpose Philosophical Listservs

I was recently asked which general purpose listservs in philosophy is worth subscribing to. I subscribe to the following three, which strike me as reasonably useful so far:http://www.louisiana.edu/Academic/LiberalArts/PHIL/philosop.htmlhttp://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=PHILOS-L&H=LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UKhttp://www.disputatio.com/esap-news/ 0

On Individuating LOT Symbols

Schneider, Susan (unpublished). “The Nature of Symbols in the Language of Thought.” Schneider addresses the important problem of how to individuate LOT symbols. There is no accepted or even fully worked out solution to this problem in the literature. She gives various interesting and original arguments to the effect that …

Serious Metaphysics?

Bloomfield, P. (2005). “Let’s Be Realistic About Serious Metaphysics.” Synthese 144: 69-90.He argues that the only sense of possibility relevant to serious metaphysics (i.e., relevant to the metaphysics of the actual world) is how things may be given how the actual world is. (This notion of possibility-given-the-way-the-actual-world-is is supposed to …

Do Determinables Exist?

Gillett, C. and B. Rives (2005). “The Non-Existence of Determinables: Or, a World of Absolute Determinates as Default Hypothesis.” Nous 39(3): 483-504.They argue that there are no determinables, only determinates, on grounds of ontological parsimony. In their opinion, positing determinables on top of determinates leads to “double counting” of causal …