Sunday, February 03, 2008

Logical Options, 4

For what they are worth, you can find my reading notes for next week's seminar on Sections 2.5 and 2.6 of Logical Options here (they might help some students). Writing these notes has very much been displacement behaviour in the last day or two: I should really be preparing something on Ch. 4 of the Shorter Hodges for the model theory seminar this week, which I daftly promised to introduce. But heavens, that is not exactly an easy read. Gulp.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a serious question. Are there people who consider David Lewis' "On the Plurality of Worlds" to be satire? I mean, are there informed people who believe that he produced the book as satire? Or is the universal informed opinion that it was not intended as satire?

Peter Smith said...

Satire? I've never read/talked with anyone who doubted that the book is intended seriously ... Though of course, few people buy Lewis's conclusion.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I heard the book mentioned and got it from the library. I started to read and was just astounded. It appears to be a thoughtful, carefully written book. But it also reads like parody.

In my professional life I sometimes make "hoax" websites that are so realistic they seem real, even though often they are intended on some level as satire. But the line becomes blurred over time, especially if the site flourishes, and it becomes unclear. I can't help but think he might have been pulling all of your legs a bit.

Anyway, I'm enjoying your blog, it is helping me explore some of these issues. Thanks for putting it out there!