It looks like I’m an analytic philosopher, after all

by John Holbo on November 21, 2007

Sometimes I try to deny my nature, but then Chris goes and posts about a conversation in which someone says something silly. And it turns out I used the silly bit as a major premise myself just last week. Oy.



Drake 11.21.07 at 2:20 pm

“I used the silly bit as a major premise myself….”

Does that make the argument a sillygism?


Drake 11.21.07 at 2:20 pm

Okay, that was horrible.


abb1 11.21.07 at 2:24 pm

God in The Simpsons Rapture (I think?) episode was great. As was his son sitting on a swing set, looking depressed.


Ray Davis 11.21.07 at 2:38 pm

I apologize for having recently called you an analytic philosopher. Not-very-bright laypeople assume that anyone who deploys the vocabulary must be a native speaker. (Myself, I’ve been assumed to be a gay Mormon scholar into water sports.)

So what you’re saying then is you’re actually Jewish…?


John Holbo 11.21.07 at 2:43 pm

No no, the analytic philosopher thing was fine. I don’t really mind being called an analytic philosopher. I am a native speaker, more or less. I’m, like, philosophically bisexual. AC/DC. I go both ways. So naturally everyone assumes I’m Jewish.


engels 11.21.07 at 2:59 pm

But “analytic philosophy” does not exist. Ergo, “Holbo” is the name of a fictional character.


John Emerson 11.21.07 at 3:14 pm

Some Slovaks are Jewish, but not Holbo. Kotsko isn’t Jewish either.


John Emerson 11.21.07 at 3:15 pm

I wish that Leiter would tell me the correct name of all that stuff I can’t stand. It’s inconvenient to spend my life hating inarticulately without any reference.


mcd 11.21.07 at 3:57 pm

It all depends on what the meaning of “is” is.


Praisegod Barebones 11.21.07 at 4:37 pm

Bill Clinton was an analytic philosopher? Who knew?


John Emerson 11.21.07 at 4:46 pm

No, he was a philosopher. There’s no such thing as analytic philosophy, dummy.


Ben Alpers 11.21.07 at 5:48 pm

Having recently read a (pretty good) book that argues that there is no such thing as Continental philosophy, shouldn’t we just cut to the chase, agree that there’s no such thing as philosophy, and be done with it?


Drake 11.21.07 at 6:11 pm

“there is no such thing as Continental philosophy….”

Yes, only incontinental philosophy. (Sorry — I just couldn’t stop myself.)


JP Stormcrow 11.21.07 at 6:57 pm

… agree that there’s no such thing as philosophy, and be done with it?

of that whereof we cannot squeak, we mice be silent

– Lee Rudolph


mcd 11.21.07 at 7:16 pm

“agree that there’s no such thing as philosophy”

A most interesting philosophy…

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