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Academic writing

My new article ‘Redetermining paradigmatic norms: is there any hope for academic writing?’ has been published at The Conversation. The article asks whether academic writing has improved 20 years after the Sokal Affair, in which a scholar sent a ‘fake’ article full of obscure writing to an academic journal, to see if they would publish it. 1,168 more words

Wittgenstein: A Wonderful Life

This 1989 BBC Horizon documentary (see below) is an absolute gem. I must have seen it in the day but viewing it again with the benefit of the intervening quarter century, is so rewarding. 221 more words

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Lords of Convention

‘The present king of France is bald’ seems to present a logical problem that ‘the cat is on the table’ does not – there is no present king of France, so how can we assert that he is bald? 1,571 more words


Wittgenstein vs. Scientism

Ray Monk on the Wittgenstein and the humanities

Ludwig Wittgenstein is regarded by many, including myself, as the greatest philosopher of this century. His two great works, … 897 more words

20th Century

Which Philosophers Were Right?

It’s a rational thing to ask someone with a degree in philosophy whether one or more schools of thought or particular philosophers were right (or which ones were all wet). 1,062 more words

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Ultimate Shortfalls of Language



1. concerned with ideas that cannot be expressed in spoken words (or language in general), often representing incomprehensible term.

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein…

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