Entries by Colin McGinn

Disgust Again

This is published in the journal Emotion Review, but I thought it might be useful to post it here too.     Disgust and Disease     It is possible to be interested in the same thing in different ways. These different ways may well involve different methods of enquiry and criteria of success. In the […]

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Review by Rebecca Goldstein

I thought this review in the New York Review of Books of my Philosophy of Language was very well done (unlike certain others I could mention). It was informative, well-written, and the reviewer actually understood the book (unlike certain others I could mention). I also liked the way Rebecca linked the book to the question of […]

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Prehension Prehended

Did I mention that my book Prehension recently came out? I have held it in my hands. It’s a funny book. It’s not really a philosophy book, but a science book. But it’s more like nineteenth century science, informal and personal, as well as “scientific”. The title alludes both to gripping with the hands and […]

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The Tim-Hunt

Tim Hunt has now been completely exonerated. His main accuser has been totally discredited. Many rash and stupid people have egg on their face, including serious news organizations. And yet he is still being excluded from positions that are rightfully his. It was obvious to anyone that this was a put-up job from the start, […]

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Quine and Groucho

I was watching the Marx brothers film Horse Feathers and noticed a reference to the distinction between de reand de dicto readings of vernacular sentences. Groucho says to Chico, “You have the brain of a four year old…and I bet he was glad to get rid of it”. The joke depends upon switching from a narrow scope reading […]

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Homo ?

“Of the talking of rubbish, there is no end” (anon.) I have found what distinguishes us from animals after much patient research: our capacity for talking rubbish. And not just talking it–thinking it. You see, animals don’t talk or think rubbish: it’s all good sense with them, nothing rubbishy at all. But we humans are […]

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