Ad Hoc (Daily Nous Philosophy Comics)

Ad Hoc (Daily Nous Philosophy Comics)


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Ad Hoc
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James DiGiovanna
James DiGiovanna
7 years ago

You left out Scandinavia! There’s a lot of “analytic” style philosophy there. Also, Germany is pretty heavily analytic now, as are Austria and the Netherlands.

Hey Nonny Mouse
Reply to  James DiGiovanna
7 years ago

Also, the modern stronghold of analytic philosophy is not England, but the US. Also, there is a strong analytic tradition in Canada, and Peter Singer does not overshadow other Australian analytic philosophers.

JT
JT
Reply to  Hey Nonny Mouse
7 years ago

Fwiw, the map of philosophy in NA covers half way up Hudson’s Bay (to the northern tip of Labrador!), which means that most of the inhabited parts of Canada are covered, including all of our major universities (I’m not sure, but I don’t think there are any philosophy departments north of that in Canada..). Although, as a Canadian, I resent being lumped in with the US (as usual) 😛

Hey Nonny Mouse
Reply to  James DiGiovanna
7 years ago

There’s lots of analytic going on in Canada and Australia too.

Hey Nonny Mouse
Reply to  Hey Nonny Mouse
7 years ago

I do apologize! The first post didn’t seem to show up, so I posted again. My stupid. 🙁

Colin
Colin
7 years ago

Hahaha, of course analytic philosophy forgets Greece exists …

Hey Nonny Mouse
Reply to  Colin
7 years ago

I don’t even know what you are talking about. Since when do analytics not know about the Greeks?

William Bell
Reply to  Hey Nonny Mouse
7 years ago

There’s certainly a reputation in analytic philosophy to eschew the past, ever heard “History of philosophy: Just say no.”

Hey Nonny Mouse
Reply to  William Bell
7 years ago

There is a huge amount of analytic philosophy dealing with historical philosophers, including the Greeks. And no, I have worked in analytic philosophy all my life and I have never heard that slogan.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  William Bell
7 years ago

I’ve also never heard that phrase. But I have heard `the pre-fregeans’ as a lot dismissed. At least four days out of the week I’m sympathetic to such dismissal. On at least one day out of those four, I’m actually in favor of such dismissal. Usually that day occurs the day after I convinced myself it was worthwhile to look at what some prefregean or other thought about something, and failed to make headway.

JT
JT
Reply to  William Bell
7 years ago

I think many analytic philosophers don’t have the patience for history of philosophy, but they’ll usually acknowledge that it is nonetheless philosophy. The first half of that is also true in the case of continental philosophy and non-Anglo philosophy, but not the second, unfortunately. (Full disclosure, I don’t really buy the analytic/continental distinction at a deep level, but will count myself squarely as an analytic most days.)

Phil Yaure
Phil Yaure
Reply to  William Bell
7 years ago

“Years ago, I heard about a sign pinned to an office door in Princeton, New Jersey. The office door was Gilbert Harman’s, and I was told the sign read, ‘Just say no to the history of philosophy’. ‘Just say no to the history of philosophy’—a clear echo of Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just say no to drugs’. ”

https://philosophy.princeton.edu/about/eighties-snapshot

William Bell
7 years ago

Barn facades is a nice touch.

shaun
shaun
7 years ago

what about France? “postmodern rubbish” or “Derridoodoo” perhaps?

JT
JT
Reply to  shaun
7 years ago

That falls under ‘Can’t do philosophy here’, of course.

JT
JT
Reply to  JT
7 years ago

Nvm. I misread the map. What we know as ‘France’ (and ‘Spain’) lies in the land of Dragons in the world of Analytic Philosophy.

Brian Weatherson
Reply to  shaun
7 years ago

I mean, when I look at this faculty list, I think it’s an amazing list of great (and, fwiw, analytic) philosophers: http://www.institutnicod.org/membres/membres-statutaires/?lang=fr. And I thought that was a fairly boring conventional view. I guess opinions on the shape of the philosophical earth differ.

Neil Levy
Neil Levy
Reply to  Brian Weatherson
7 years ago

I think there’s a good case for thinking that most of those people are not analytic philosophers (for the reasons David Spurrett gives:
https://www.academia.edu/191533/Why_I_am_not_an_analytic_philosopher).

Tim
Tim
7 years ago

I think a lot of people are missing the joke: the view of the “world” from the perspective of analytic philosophy is narrow, inaccurate, and in some cases downright silly.

Brian Weatherson
Reply to  Tim
7 years ago

To stick a joke like that, it helps to have a view of analytic philosophy that is not 20 years out of date.

Jonathan Surovell
Jonathan Surovell
Reply to  Brian Weatherson
7 years ago

I don’t know… if enough people have the out of date view that’s being mocked, I think the joke can work. And I think a lot of analytic philosophers have something like this view. I have to admit, I had no idea how much great work was being done in Germany until I visited there recently. I could even cite important papers written by Americans that leave out amazing and cutting edge stuff from Germany. Communication between the Anglo-analytic world and the Euro-analytic world seems very sub-optimal to me.

(It goes without saying that once you’re this far into explaining/defending a joke, you’ve given up on making your interlocutor find it funny.)