Monday, July 4, 2011

Of note…

For your consideration on this fine Fourth of July:

Tuomas Tahko posts video of Kit Fine’s talk at a recent conference on Aristotelian Themes in Contemporary Metaphysics. 

From David Oderberg, two recent articles: “Morality, Religion, and Cosmic Justice” and “The World is Not an Asymmetric Graph.” 

In The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Mark Anderson discusses Julian Young’s Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography and its sources.  Young replies and Daniel Blue comments.

Christopher Kaczor has edited a volume of essays written in tribute to the late Ralph McInerny. 

The Catholic University of Paris is hosting a conference on Hume’s Legacy in Contemporary Philosophy this September.  Speakers include Helen Beebee, Paul Clavier, Peter Kail, Catherine Larrère, Eléonore Le Jallé, Michel Malherbe, Frédéric Nef, David Oderberg, Thomas Pink, Yann Schmitt, Ronan Sharkey, and Anna Zielinska. 

New books:  Brian Davies, Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil; Jeremy Dunham, Iain Hamilton Grant, and Sean Watson, Idealism: The History of a Philosophy; Crawford Elder, Familiar Objects and Their Shadows; Paul Feyerabend, The Tyranny of Science; Anton Ford, Jennifer Hornsby, and Frederick Stoutland, eds., Essays on Anscombe’s Intention; William Jaworski, Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction; Rex Welshon, Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Consciousness; and W. Jay Wood, God.


  1. Chapters 1,12 and 13 of Jaworski can be previewed here, here and here.

  2. "...Mark Anderson discusses Julian Young’s Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography and its sources."

    If I am not mistaken, in the three exchanges the word "plagiarism" does not appear. Mr. Anderson is happy to to demonstrate the presence of "structural parallels," although to other readers, and in certain passages, the phrase "mirror image" comes to mind.

    Mr. Young, the ostensible offender, marks it down to vagaries inherent in writing "a very long book," and offers a George "where did I hear that song before?" Harrison defense.

    Mr. Blue, for his part, briefly suggests that Young must work harder, but then believes the issue at hand is really that of story (facts) and "story" (interpreting facts). That is, when writing "fictionalized history" events must always be taken somewhat loosely, mainly because we do not really know the actual events. He then blames Nietzsche for the entire mess.

    At this time I want to thank Dr. Feser for sharing his insights with us. I know he's not making much on each individual post, and from each individual reader, but hopefully he can make it up on volume.

  3. Thanks for the books recommendations. As it happens, I had just recently requested the Anscombe book from interlibrary loan. Please do tell us what you think of it!

  4. In his biography of Nietzsche, Julian Young plagiarised my diagnosis of Nietzsche' mental illness as "bipolar disorder with periodic psychotic features", a research I published 10 years previously in Hospital Medicine ('The madness of Nietzsche: a misdiagnosis of the Millennium?',2000). To my knowledge nobody else on the planet has made this diagnosis.
    Dr Eva Cybulska, London