Tim B.

Location:

Oceanside, CA
Hometown: Akron, OH

Member since:

October 19, 2011

Kindly tell us a little about yourself and your interest in philosophy.

My interests are primarily analytic and philosophy of science. I have been working on a book about truth which attempts to conceive of truth as something physical (e.g., as bits in an electronic computer) rather than something purely abstract. You might call me a Constructive Nominalist (see paper by Quine et. al.) . You could certainly call me a physicalist except I prefer not to assert that everything is physical but rather to confine my efforts to demonstrably physical phenomena. I strive to both derive and constrain my conceptions and conclusions to those that are consonant with physics, since I see the physical sciences as the outer-bound of fit theories of everything. My only degree is in computer science, but I am well read in Quine (and, oddly enough, Nietzsche) as well as familiar with the literature over truth/meaning/naming, i.e., Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Tarski, Kripke, Putnam, etc. Of course, philosophy of mathematics is part of this too.

Which two or three programs from the Plato's Cave past meeting archive interest you the most?

Assessing Reason: The Argumentative Theory, Philosophy & Logic, The Nature of Existence: I am most interested in those topics that provide opportunities for me that challenge my conceptions of the world and my capacity to reason.

Do you accept the member guidelines described in the Plato's Cave 'about' section?

Certainly. An intellectual discussion can only occur within a cooperative space wherein there is mutual respect for each other and the ethos of the group.

Introduction

I'm a philosopher by avocation of the analytic bent and I'm relocating to the Deland area for a job this month. I love a good conversation and a good laugh. I can never get enough good conversation and enjoy learning from other viewpoints.


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