Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Damned if you do and damned if you do.




I came across this while trying to clean up my desktop. I can't recall for certain who sent this to me, but thanks!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Exciting news

I think I can now say (in public) that my book on epistemic justification will come out with Cambridge University Press. Now that I've seen the details of the contract, I don't need to keep quiet any longer. I do need to finish writing the thing, but the hope is that I'll finish it off this summer. Since that's what I've promised to do, let's hope that happens!

Monday, January 10, 2011

What's Right with the World

Egyptian Muslims serve as human shields at Coptic Christian Mass (story here, not here).

Feldmania!

I'm pleased to announce that a preliminary version of our schedule for Feldmania is now available. On Feb. 18th and 19th, UTSA is hosting a workshop dedicated to Richard Feldman's contributions to epistemology. Find a copy of the schedule here.

Our list of speakers:
Matthew McGrath, Anna-Sara Malmgren, Trent Dougherty, Matthias Steup, Sandy Goldberg, Jack Lyons, Jeremy Fantl, Sarah Wright, Branden Fitelson, Jonathan Kvanvig, and Richard Feldman.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

An interesting read I pass along for your consideration...

I just came across this piece, a timeline of insurrectionist violence or promotion of that violence in the wake of District of Columbia v. Heller (here). For some context:
June 26, 2008— The case of District of Columbia v. Heller is decided by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling. The opinion not only endorses the National Rifle Association’s “individual right” interpretation of the Second Amendment; it also affirms that one of the purposes of the right is to “assure the existence of a “citizens’ militia” as a safeguard against tyranny.” The NRA’s amicus brief in the case had argued that “the Second Amendment refers to the utility of an armed population in preventing government tyranny.”

Scary and depressing, but it would be nice if we knew more about the occurrence of insurrectionist violence prior to District of Columbia v. Heller. Otherwise, it's scary, depressing, suggestive, but not terribly enlightening. (It would be good to have more references to this sort of thing, which is linked to in the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence piece.) (HT to Errol Lord).

Friday, January 7, 2011

Feldmania

We're hosting Feldmania, a workshop on the work of Richard Feldman. It will be Feb. 18th and 19th at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This will be my first time organizing a conference and I'm thrilled with our line up of speakers. Further details here.

Update: We'll be in the University Room, located in the Business Building. (Maps here: http://utsa.edu/maps/1604/)