by Mark English Different kinds of implicit or explicit claims about what exists are best understood, as I see it, in a piecemeal way, by looking at how words are used both in the context of specific disciplines and in ordinary communication. In various pieces published on this site, Daniel Kaufman has elaborated a somewhat different approach, drawing on a […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman The ongoing philosophical (and to a good extent, the scientific) discussion of selves is in very poor shape, much like the discussion concerning minds and for much the same reason. We talk as if selves are things, and of course, they are, but the sense of ‘thing’ that most seem to have in mind is the […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ A to B: “You’re an asshole.” B to A: “No I’m not.” A to B: “Well, it’s not up to you whether you’re an asshole or not. It’s up to everyone else.” —Louis CK (1) The “self-made man” traditionally was someone who had made his own fortune, rather than inheriting it Today, many would point […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman The second of two conversations on the philosophy of David Hume, with Robert Wright. First appeared on the Sophia program, MeaningofLife.TV, October 30, 2016.