Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Macknair Efuctost points to this amusing pen-name generator. Henceforth I should like to be known as "Mirth Testica," if it's all the same to you.

From a review of Peter-Paul Verbeek, What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005:
Analytic philosophy is dominant at all the great universities in this country, but, as Jerry Fodor and Richard Rorty have recently observed, its research program has petered out, and its contributions to the national conversation have been negligible.[1] Philosophy of Technology is the mirror image of analytic philosophy. It's marginal within the profession. The Advisory Board of Brian Leiter's Philosophical Gourmet Report recognizes thirty-three specialties, but philosophy of technology is not among them; and you can scour the pages of Jobs for Philosophers and not find a call for a philosopher of technology. (more)

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