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by Rortabend
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

"Parts of this famous book are sketchy ... in other respects it is a marvelously readable, magnificently sweeping survey of Western thought, distinctive for placing it informatively into its historical context. Russell enjoyed writing it, and the enjoyment shows; his later remarks about it equally s...
by Rortabend
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

"A precious book ... a work that is in the highest degree pedagogical which stands above the conflicts of parties and opinions." – Albert Einstein
by Rortabend
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

You need to improve your reading skills Chaz... Not only do you castigate Russell for expressing an opinion, calling it bias, as if that were a crime, you exaggerate and say that he gets "everything wrong." I didn't castigate Russell for expressing an opinion, I castigated him for being a bad histor...
by Rortabend
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

"A History of Western Philosophy errs consistently in this respect. Its author never seems to be able to make up his mind whether he is writing history or polemic.... [Its method] confers on philosophers who are dead and gone a kind of false contemporaneity which may make them seem important to the ...
by Rortabend
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

"He did it to make money, he wrote it fast. Bertrand Russell was a great philosopher but a terrible historian." – Edward Pols, Professor of Philosophy and William J. Kenan Professor of the Humanities, Bowdoin College
by Rortabend
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists
Replies: 1887
Views: 133477

Re: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists

Possibly relevant to this discussion. Dawkins (allegedly) bottles debate with American theologian William Lane Craig...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timst ... ane-craig/
by Rortabend
Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is the Universe rotating???
Replies: 62
Views: 13838

Re: Is the Universe rotating???

Understood. If you are only talking about explaining the apparent motion of the stars, planets, moon and sun then I don't disagree with your original claim.
by Rortabend
Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is the Universe rotating???
Replies: 62
Views: 13838

Re: Is the Universe rotating???

I'm sure there are good scientific reasons why the collection of theories fit the appearances, but you have to admit that even the Aristotelian universe fits the appearances. That's some pretty wonky history of science Chaz. The whole reason why the Aristotelian model of the universe was replaced i...
by Rortabend
Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is the Universe rotating???
Replies: 62
Views: 13838

Re: Is the Universe rotating???

I'm sure there are good scientific reasons why the collection of theories fit the appearances, but you have to admit that even the Aristotelian universe fits the appearances. That's some pretty wonky history of science Chaz. The whole reason why the Aristotelian model of the universe was replaced i...
by Rortabend
Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

So French philosophy didn't begin until after after 1945? Brilliant.

Your brief history of philosophy is really beginning to take shape now. Next chapter - 'The Pre-Socratics and the Age of Disco: 1975-1981'.
by Rortabend
Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists
Replies: 1887
Views: 133477

Re: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists

I drink tomato juice and I just got my first speeding ticket. Needless to say I'll be on the red wine when driving in the future.
by Rortabend
Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

Russell's history is annoyingly biased. The chapter on American pragmatism is far too short and gets everything wrong. His treatment of 20th century French philosophy is risible. To call it whiggish is something of an understatement. Having said this, he is a very good writer and I'd rather read Ru...
by Rortabend
Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Histories of Philosophy
Replies: 26
Views: 8544

Re: Histories of Philosophy

Russell's history is annoyingly biased. The chapter on American pragmatism is far too short and gets everything wrong. His treatment of 20th century French philosophy is risible. To call it whiggish is something of an understatement. Having said this, he is a very good writer and I'd rather read Rus...
by Rortabend
Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Your favorite works of art and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 7387

Re: Your favorite works of art and why?

The one with the dogs playing snooker.
by Rortabend
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Language Usage can be Strange
Replies: 12
Views: 4199

Re: Language Usage can be Strange

Pirates say "He be dead".