Idea Test Kitchen

On Annette Baier on Love and Trustworthiness

Submitted by Jonathan on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:48

Annette Baier (1929 - 2012) was one of the most influential philosophers on trust in the last 100 years. Her work on the nature and ethics of trust has influenced just about every philosopher working on trust today, including me. But nobody is perfect. I was recently re-reading her essay "Trust and Anti-Trust" when I noticed a claim regarding the relationship between love and trust that I'm pretty sure is not quite right, or at least needs some significant qualification.  Here's the claim:

Hobbes and Anscombe on Believing God

Submitted by Jonathan on Sat, 03/25/2017 - 03:28

As I've been reflecting on Elizabeth Anscombe's work on trust and testimony, I remembered some passages from Thomas Hobbes on similar themes, and I'd like to bring them into dialog with each other. In an earlier post I discussed Anscombe's distinction between believing a person and believing that what a person says is true, as well as her distinction between original and derivative epistemic authority.

CFP: Special Journal Issue on Trust

Submitted by Jonathan on Wed, 03/22/2017 - 18:30

I'll be guest editing a special issue of the journal Quaestiones Disputatae (published by Franciscan University of Steubenville) on the theme of "the nature and norms of trust." 

If you or anyone you know would be interested in submitting a paper on a philosophical aspect of trust, please see the attached CFP, and feel free to share it.

More info about the journal here: https://www.franciscan.edu/quaestiones-disputatae/

Anscombe on Hume on History

Submitted by Jonathan on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:42

In my last post, I reflected on Elizabeth Anscombe's 1979 essay "What Is It to Believe Someone?"; that essay is, more or less, a continuation of a line of thought she began exploring in her 1973 article "Hume and Julius Caesar," which is concerned with knowledge of history. In this post, I want to sketch Anscombe's argument in this earlier work, and raise a question or two about it.

The Use of Blogging

Submitted by Jonathan on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 03:39

What is the use of blogging? 

It's a test kitchen for ideas.

It's a practice court for writing skills.

There are many millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of blogs in the world. Actively maintained blogs may be significantly less, but probably still number in the millions. Only a handful of these exercise any influence in any domain. Blogging out of a desire for influence (unless one already has influence from another source) is, well, silly. It's certainly not why I would start blogging.