Assessing the Implications of Quine’s attack

All too often high quality assignments from coursework ends up gathering dust on shelves or in forgotten folders. In an effort to publicize some of my work, this is part five of my final paper from an Epistemology course this past semester.

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four

While this is primarily meant for an audience with a working understanding of epistemology, I’ll provide relevant links to explain common terms. The paper primarily deals with the distinction between analytic and synthetic truths, so skimming through that explanation will be useful.

Enjoy.

Despite…


Analyticity’s Illusory Nature

All too often high quality assignments from coursework ends up gathering dust on shelves or in forgotten folders. In an effort to publicize some of my work, this is part four of my final paper from an Epistemology course this past semester.

Part One, Part Two, Part Three

While this is primarily meant for an audience with a working understanding of epistemology, I’ll provide relevant links to explain common terms. The paper primarily deals with the distinction between analytic and synthetic truths, so skimming through that explanation will be useful.

Enjoy.

First, recall Grice and Strawson’s two…


Attacking Quine’s collapse of analyticity

All too often high quality assignments from coursework ends up gathering dust on shelves or in forgotten folders. In an effort to publicize some of my work, this is part three of my final paper from an Epistemology course this past semester.

Part One, Part Two

While this is primarily meant for an audience with a working understanding of epistemology, I’ll provide relevant links to explain common terms. The paper primarily deals with the distinction between analytic and synthetic truths, so skimming through that explanation will be useful.

Enjoy.

Quine’s radical view collapsing the widely…


Breaking down the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction

All too often high quality assignments from coursework ends up gathering dust on shelves or in forgotten folders. In an effort to publicize some of my work, this is part two of my final paper from an Epistemology course this past semester.

Part One

While this is primarily meant for an audience with a working understanding of epistemology, I’ll provide relevant links to explain common terms. The paper primarily deals with the distinction between analytic and synthetic truths, so skimming through that explanation will be useful.

Enjoy.

To collapse the dogma of analyticity and highlight…


Explaining a tough argument in Epistemology.

All too often high quality assignments from coursework ends up gathering dust on shelves or in forgotten folders. In an effort to publicize some of my work, this is part one of my final paper from an Epistemology course this past semester.

While this is primarily meant for an audience with a working understanding of epistemology, I’ll provide relevant links to explain common terms. The paper primarily deals with the distinction between analytic and synthetic truths, so skimming through that explanation will be useful.

Enjoy.

W. V. O. Quine, in Two Dogmas of Empiricism


I have plans.

Probably the most common question thrown around between myself and my friends the past month has been: “What are your plans for the summer?” Most of us have work and non-work plans of some form or another and it’s easy to start stacking up plans so that the general “summer things” pile becomes much more than can actually be accomplished in 12 weeks. To try and distill the major events I have planned from May 9th through August 20th, I thought I’d list them here in three categories: Planned things, Abstract things, and Recurring things.

Planned things (aka events and trips):

Interning at…


I have many a think I thought to think

There are some times that one must sit themselves down and just allow their mind to wander throughout the words that it might want to let itself explore.

You might explore the words so quickly that you forget even where you began when you started them. One’s mind can only think so quickly, but to another it is but a blink so fast.

I feel myself pulsing agaisnt the universe

As I sit with this Pb&J I chew,

I deign on the musings of god. <- this is ridiculous. …


Tips for expanding your technical skill set.

They know enough who know how to learn

- J. Adams

So you want to learn something new?

I hear you. There’s always some new technology coming out, and it always pays to be informed about the latest and greatest advances in the tech industry. We have a problem though, learning something new takes time and effort. I want to give you a few things I've learned about understanding new software.

Why you should learn.

  1. You will have to — If developing innovative software is your end goal, using the latest tools is almost always a must.
  2. You can make better decisions — When writing an application for a specific purpose…


by Garret Meier

Hi again! Isn’t fall just a beautiful time on campus? If you haven’t already, get out and play in the leaves. Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you get back…..

I’m glad you’re back, and now that you’re here, I’ll answer another frequently asked question from my time outside the bubble of ISU. “What do you do all day?” That question gets asked most frequently as a follow up right after explaining that I’m not taking classes. There are a few reasons for this, and a lot of it has to do with that most people…


by Garret Meier

<Garret’s monthly series about spending a semester away from campus on a co-op continues! You can find other posts here and here>

Yep. It’s the question on my mind, and the question I’ve been asked the most in the past month. Are you coming back to school? Whether it’s friends or family, it seems like everyone wants to know the answer.

Really, it didn’t even seem like a question when school ended in the Spring. Going into the past six months, the road ahead seemed pretty well-defined; work through the summer and fall, then back to the…

Garret Meier

Programmer, Student, Cloud Enthusiast

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