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What Makes Time Special?

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2018.03.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Craig Callender, What Makes Time Special?, Oxford University Press, 2017, 336pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198797302. Reviewed by Yuri Balashov, University of Georgia This is a golden age for the philosophy of time. The industry is booming! One recent trend is especially remarkable: along with important book-length treatments focused on the traditional topics in the analytic metaphysics of time,[1] recent years have witnessed the development of truly interdisciplinary projects intended to bring insights from physics, cognitive psychology, decision theory, neuroscience, biology, linguistics, and other areas to bear on our philosophical understanding of time and temporal experience.[2] Callender's book is a novel and engaging contribution to this positive development, driven by a desire to understand the emergence of "manifest time" from a physical world initially... Read More

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News source: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // News

Landmark moments for women in philosophy [timeline]

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This March, the OUP Philosophy team are celebrating Women in Philosophy. Throughout time, women have had to fight for their place in history, academia, and the philosophy discipline. Women have made hugely significant contributions to both philosophy and academia as a whole and we believe it is crucial to look back at the landmark achievements of women in their work and recognize their importance. To honour their contributions, we will be highlighting women and their achievements in the field of philosophy all throughout Women’s History Month. Browse our interactive timeline of some of the most empowering moments in the history of women in philosophy. For more of our Women in Philosophy Month content, check out #WomenInPhilMonth on Twitter. Which female achievements in academia would you add in? Let us know in the comments. Featured image: Nine Living Muses of Great Britain by Richard Samuel. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons The post Landmark moments for women in philosophy. . .

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Button & Walsh: Philosophy and Model Theory

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It is always pleasing to be able to warmly recommend a new book. So let me enthusiastically draw your attention to this newly published book by Tim Button and Sean Walsh, Philosophy and Model Theory, just published by OUP. (The pbk is £30 — but this is xvi + 517 larger-format and action-packed pages, so we certainly can’t complain!) This is a unique book, both explaining technical results in model theory (eventually at a pretty non-trivial level), and exploring the appeals to model theory in various branches of philosophy, particularly philosophy of mathematics, but in metaphysics more generally (recall ‘Putnam’s model-theoretic argument’), the philosophy of science, philosophical logic and more. So that’s a very scattered literature that is being expounded, brought together, examined, inter-related, criticised and discussed. Button and  Walsh don’t pretend to be giving the last word on the many and varied topics they discuss; but they are. . .

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News source: Logic Matters

Explanation in Mathematics

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[Revised entry by Paolo Mancosu on March 16, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The philosophical analysis of mathematical explanations concerns itself with two different, although connected, areas of investigation. The first area addresses the problem of whether mathematics can play an explanatory role in the natural and social sciences. The second deals with the problem of whether mathematical explanations occur within mathematics itself. Accordingly, this entry surveys the contributions to both areas, it shows their relevance to the history...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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