Artificial Intelligence & Concept Formation

The text of this talk (given 19 March 2019 at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI) is now available here.  I'll be recording a video of myself presenting it (audio recording did not work out during the initial presentation) sometime in the near future as well.

Introduction to Philosophical Principles – Preview

After drafting, revising, editing, revising again, taking some space, and revising one last time, I have completed the text of the Introduction to Philosophical Principles.  I am still fine-tuning a few last things--the proverbial dotting of i's and crossing of t's--before I release the final, complete PDF, including figuring out what precisely I need to do …

Upcoming Projects

My lack of blog entries lately is not due to lack of desire or effort; only a lack of time.  Projects and request always seem to stack up all at once.  That said, I do have some exciting things coming up soon and others on the horizon. First, I am nearing completion on a short …

Semantic Activism in the Service of Ideology

A review of Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford University Press: New York, 2018). “So maybe the thing to say,” to the apathetic, indifferent masses perniciously ignorant about the misogyny prevailing in our culture, Manne writes near the end of her book (page 290, to be precise), “somewhat reluctantly is—fuck ‘em, in …

Thoughts on Being Human [4] – Cognitive Faculties

When Wilhelm Wundt distinguished the study of psychology from philosophy and biology in the late 19th century, he was filling a void: both philosophical and biological treatments had failed in their treatment of the human psyche and a new approach seemed not only warranted, but necessary.  Philosophy had, for the most part, remained in an …

Thoughts on Being Human [3] – Signs of Our Times

What are the signs of our times?  That is: what signifies our here-and-now moment?  Screaming politicians?  Angry mobs?  Memes?  The ubiquity of networked technologies?  It is always hard to tell, from within a moment, what signifies the intelligibility of that moment; understanding precisely where we are requires spending time to find points of reference.  Every …

Language and Thinking

We take our instruments, our technologies--those artefactual extensions of our practically-oriented capacities--for granted.  This is true most of all of our particular languages--those delimited, structured, historically-developed systems of verbal articulation recorded and regulated by dictionaries and grammar textbooks--which we seldom think of as technology at all.  No technology receives as much use; though, like all …