Arne Naess’s statistical approach to philosophy

My article ‘The experimental and the empirical: Arne Naess’s statistical approach to philosophy’ is now published online by the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

It will be included in a special issue of the journal on Experimental Philosophy and the History of Philosophy. My article considers both the similarities and the differences between Naess’s Empirical Semantics from the mid twentieth century, and experimental philosophy of the present day, and reflects on what these might tell us about attitudes to philosophical methodology.

There is a link to my article here, with free access to the full text for the first fifty clicks.

‘Susan Stebbing and the Language of Common Sense’

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My study of the life and work of the philosopher L. Susan Stebbing has now been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Discussion of Stebbing’s work on New APPS

Thank you to Richard Symonds and Paul Raymont who have both drawn my attention to a discussion of Stebbing’s work which has been taking place on the ‘New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science’ blog. Paul has also recently posted on Stebbing and Joad on his own blog.

The ‘New APPS’ discussion is a very interesting, and at times rather heated, series of exchanges that focus on Stebbing’s philosophical importance and the extent of her continuing philosophical relevance. It is really good to see Stebbing’s work at the centre of serious philosophical debate and evaluation.

My own book on Stebbing, Susan Stebbing and the Language of Common Sense, will be published next year in the Palgrave History of Analytic Philosophy series.

Key Ideas in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language

Key Ideas in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language, which I have co-edited with Christopher Routledge, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2009.

Review of ‘Thinking about Language’

I’m pleased to see a review by Nicola Lennon of my book Thinking about Language: Theories of English, together with Lesley Jeffries’s book Discovering Language: The Structure of Modern English in the current issue of Language and Literature. These are the two books that launched the Palgrave series Perspectives on the English Language.