My brief career as a philosophical squib II

In my last post, I described my first and only experience taking an actual philosophy course, how throughout that semester we took a quick journey through a good number of the major topics in philosophy, and how we were assigned a couple of short essays that semester apparently named after a marginalized demographic of the Harry Potter universe. I remember distinctly that the first topic of the course was free will, and accordingly, this subject inspired the prompt for our first squib, which I put up in the other post. Apparently one of the topics very soon to follow was the issue of personal (and perhaps also object) identity, as this prompted our second squib, which I've also found tucked away in the form of a Word document dated October 15th, 2007. Read more...

Russell’s Metaphysics and the Foundations of Mathematics

(revisiting an essay from 12 years ago)

There's a good bit of writing I've been hoping to do during these months, but currently I seem to be in a bit of a rut. So for the moment, I'm turning to the other thing I planned to do here sometime around this summer: revisit some of my writing from a long time ago. In particular, this summer will be the 10th anniversary of my first short-lived attempt at blogging, and I intend to display and comment on (the least embarrassing) parts of those posts someday soon, but I've stumbled across other writings from even further back whose content seems appropriate for Hawks and Handsaws. Today I want to put up and briefly comment on one of those. Read more...