New home

1 11 2008

The phlox website has moved to This website will stay online for the time being but will no longer be maintained.

And Yet They Exist.

13 06 2008

Finally, biology proved a philosophical theory: Fictional Realism was right all along (or, at least, nearly right).

Pictures from Geneva and Paris

5 03 2008

Recently, I have been to the ‘because’-conference in Geneva and the Paris-Arché workshop on Abstract Objects in Paris. You may take a look at some pictures of the two events on this page.

Posted by Benjamin.

In the Red Corner …

25 12 2007

bargeld.jpgWe proudly present: The “official” theme song of our project. The German band Einstürzende Neubauten wrote a ‘because’-theme. You can listen to it on this page (unfortunately, there is only a German version; indeed, an English translation would presumably corrupt the metrics).

The Fear of Metaphysics

19 12 2007

Finally, the threat that philosophy poses to the people has been realized. Henceforth, metaphysical content will rank beside violence, depiction of sexual congress or nudity, etc. as a danger for the welfare of children.

You don’t think so? Then read the New York Times’s review of Coppola’s new movie “Youth Without Youth”.

New Journal: Semantics & Pragmatics

28 11 2007

The new journal Semantics & Pragmatics is now accepting submissions. The journal, editetd by Kai von Fintel and David Beaver, is peer-reviewed and open access and has managed to assemble a very impressive team. You can find the journal’s website here and the editors’ blog here. Good luck S&P!

Posted by Miguel.

Schlick’s Chair

27 11 2007

I just stumbled across the following passage from Moritz Schlick’s “Form and Content” (1932):

I might use a chair in my room, for instance, as a means of saying anything I like. All I need to do is to select a number of different positions of the chair in the room and agree that each one shall correspond to a letter of the alphabet. By this agreement I shall have constructed a new language which will consist in changing the position of the chair; and by moving it about in the room I shall be able to express all the plays of Shakespeare with the same perfection as the best of the printed editions. (p. 288)

It is quite amusing to picture Schlick wildly moving his chair around his office to “read”, say, a passage from Macbeth. I wonder whether Carnap would have stayed and “listened”. On a more serious note, though, Schlick seems to be quite wrong when he says that he has created a new language. But what has he done? In a way, I guess, he has created, not a new language, but merely a new set of letters. His chair’s standing in the relevant position stands to the letter A as, e.g., “A”, “A” and “A” stand to it.

Posted by Miguel.