Posts tagged with » philosophy

Terrible Philosophy Covers [updated!]

Academic philosophy books seem particularly prone to terrible covers, leading me to think that if we can’t think of a decent thing to put on the front of the book, then maybe we shouldn’t have written it in the first place. What, for example, does this cover tell us about the content of Paul Horwich’s […]

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Ouspensky obliterated

New number one in my list of worst copyediting mistakes of all time: the consistent misspelling of ‘Ouspensky‘ as ‘Onpensky’ in the text of Aldo Leopold’s ‘The Land Ethic’, in Hugh LaFollette‘s first year ethics collection ‘Ethics in Practice’. See here. I’ve taught a course based on this book: Leopold is the highlight of the […]

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The difference between a PhD thesis and a book

Years back, I was advised that I should not expect my PhD to be the best thing I would ever write. ‘It had better not be!’ expostulated the academic in question, ‘otherwise you’ll never be able to make any progress in your academic career.’ Although in fact this turned out to be true, it was […]

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Interview with Bertrand Russell

This is a wonderful film of Bertrand Russell, interviewed aged around 87. Russell lived so passionately, and was active in so many areas of intellectual and political life, that it is difficult to achieve a true picture of all he was and did. One can study his mathematical logic at university (his History and the […]

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Hermeneutics of copyediting

Copy-Editing Corner observes that a core skill for a copyeditor is that she should be able to quickly grasp the total meaning of the piece being edited. “If there is to be any editing beyond simple punctuation and grammar fixes,” the blog observes, “the copy editor has to grasp what is happening in the article.” […]

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