Entries by Colin McGinn

“Toxic Masculinity”

  “Toxic Masculinity”   I saw that Meryl Streep was being castigated for not liking the phrase “toxic masculinity”, which might give the impression that the speaker believes that men are toxic. She was solemnly assured that the phrase is intended to connote a certain stereotype or model of maleness in which strength is preferred […]

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Taking Stock

I just want to add my support to Kathleen Stock, not because of her specific views (though they strike me as plausible), but as a rebuke to those in the “philosophy profession” who have been persecuting her, as well as the moral cowards who let it happen. She is quite right about projection, immaturity, social […]

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Biology and Culture: An Untenable Dualism

Biology and Culture: An Untenable Dualism     The concept of the biological engages in three conceptual contrasts: the biological versus the physical (inorganic, inanimate); the biological versus the divine (supernatural, godlike); the biological versus the cultural (invented, constructed). I am concerned with the last of these contrasts: the idea that the cultural falls outside […]

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Ambiguity as a Species Defect

  Ambiguity as a Species Defect     Ambiguity in natural languages is commonly regarded as a lapse from perfection. A perfect language would not contain ambiguity. Why is this? Because language is used for communication and ambiguity impedes communication. If an utterance is ambiguous, it is harder for the hearer to figure out the […]

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New Company: Philosophical Applications

I would like to announce the formation of a new company by myself and partners. It’s called Philosophical Applications and the website can be accessed under applyphil.com. I won’t explain it here because it is better explained there. You can go to the website by clicking on the Consulting button on this website. Any comments […]

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Reading Jane

I’ve just finished reading all six of Jane Austen’s novels, beginning with Persuasion and ending with Northanger Abbey. These two (along with Mansfield Park) are often regarded as inferior to the big three of Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. But I must say I didn’t have that reaction: I loved them all equally, each in their […]

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Grammatical Life

HOME ABOUT 1000+ INTERVIEWS ON THE MEANING OF LIFE COMPASSIONATE CITIES SUPPORT “LIFE” Excellence Reporter #1 MOST ‘MEANING FULL’ WEBSITE ON EARTH SEARCH FOR… ACADEMIA Colin McGinn: The Meaning of Life — Grammatical Life BY EXCELLENCE REPORTER ON MAY 15, 2019 Excellence Reporter: Prof. McGinn, what is the meaning of life? Colin McGinn: I prefer […]

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Speechless Language

  Speechless Language     Normally when a human being learns a language he or she learns to speak and be spoken to. Sounds are produced and understood. An acoustic ability is acquired. But this is not always so: some people learn language (e.g. the English language) without the aid of sound. They neither hear […]

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