Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Notable Linkabilia

* Brendan Woods discusses Euthyphro Dilemmas

* Looking around for something on error statistics, I discovered that Deborah Mayo has a blog, Error Statistics Philosophy. Mayo is one of the top philosophers of statistics, and her approach to the general philosophy of science, error statistics (PDF), has always seemed to me to be far more plausible than Bayesian epistemologies. Bayesians, of course, would disagree.

* D.G. Myers discusses the doctor/patient relationship.

* Archambeau discusses parallels between Kant's account of the sublime and Russell's account of the intellectual.

* Some recent SEP articles of interest:
Philosophy of Humor (John Morreal)
Japanese Pure Land Philosophy (Dennis Hirota)

* It's looking like Germany will pass a ban on bestiality in the next few weeks; animal welfare issues, of course.

* Robert C. Rubel, The Epistemology of War Gaming (PDF)

* Gerald Russello reviews a book on John Witherspoon, America's most important connection with the Scottish Enlightenment.

* Palaeocast is a paleontology podcast that looks interesting.


  1. Thanks for the 'Philosophy of Humor' link, Brandon.

    I've wondered a bit about how humor and other forms of play fit into Christian life. I don't recall Aquinas dismissing humor and laughter entirely (the article suggests the Christian view of humor is mostly negative), though perhaps in serious theological and religious matters. I remember Aristotle noted that the 'ridiculous side of things in not far to be found in life,' a kind of incongruity theory. Wittiness is a social virtue for
    both Aristotle and STA, I think, as it helps us get along with others in society, as opposed to the joyless, who are a pain.

    Your post on hopelessness in the Lord of the Rings inspired me to think about the connection between humor and the 'eucatastrophe' for Christians. . That is, of the idea of comedy as a reminder of the joy rather than the tragedy at the heart of the world, as even martyrs could have gallows humor. There's probably a good reason Dante's epic is called the "Divine Comedy."

  2. branemrys9:12 AM

    The article actually has a very good discussion of Aquinas on humor, in the play section. My own view is that a combination of the play and incongruity approaches to humor can take one quite far on the subject.


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