Sunday, June 08, 2014

Fly swatting …

… Maverick Philosopher: Response to Leiter's Latest Outburst. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Considering that Leiter's  characteristic mode of operation is personal attack, it is rather amusing that he doesn't like such when it is directed at himself. In his latest on Bill Vallicella, he has this to say: "an obscure (and right-wing) British journalist with no knowledge of philosophy was asked to recommend 100 blogs in different areas, two of which he identified as philosophy blogs."

Well, this blog is also one of the hundred chosen, and the British journalist referred to is Bryan Appleyard, who is neither obscure nor particularly right-wing. Bryan in fact, didn't choose the 100 blogs himself. I sent Bryan an email when this blog was chosen to thank him and he wrote back that he had nothing to with the final pick. He just submitted a long list of various blogs to his editors. They looked at blogs on the list and made their choices. 

So Leiter doesn't know what he's talking about. (I should have added that, from what I have observed,  Bryan is quite philosophically fluent.)

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