Monthly Archives: January 2022

Post-publication of a review of John Leslie, Infinite Minds

Review of John Leslie, Infinite Minds, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001, 234 pages.1  Paul Franceschi  University of Corsica Post-publication of the review appeared in Philosophiques, Volume 30, number 2, Autumn 2003 Infinite Minds is the fourth book of John Leslie, which follows Value and Existence (1979), Universes (1989) and The End of the World (1996). […]

The Problem of the Relationships of Love-Hate-Indifference

English translation of a paper published in French in Semiotica, vol. 150(1-4), 2004 under the title “Le problème des relations amour-haine-indifférence”. In On a class of concepts (2002), I described a theory based on the matrices of concepts which aims at constituting an alternative to the classification proposed by Greimas, in the field of paradigmatic analysis. The problem of the determination […]

The Dialectical Plan: an Alternative to the Paradigm

Posprint in English (with additional illustrations from wikimedia commons) of a paper published in French in Semiotica, vol. 146(1-4), 2003, 353-367, under the title “Le plan dialectique: pour une alternative au paradigme”. I apply the theory developed in On a Class of Concepts (2002) to the methodology for conceiving a plan. Regarding the dialectical plan, the paradigm is a plan whose structure is thesis-antithesis-synthesis. […]

The Simulation Argument and the Reference Class Problem: the Dialectical Contextualist’s Standpoint

Postprint. I present in this paper an analysis of the Simulation Argument from a dialectical contextualist’s standpoint. This analysis is grounded on the reference class problem. I begin with describing in detail Bostrom’s Simulation Argument. I identify then the reference class within the Simulation Argument. I also point out a reference class problem, by applying […]

An Introduction to Analytic Philosophy

In this book, Paul Franceschi provides us with an introduction to analytic philosophy. In a concrete way, he chooses to describe forty paradoxes, arguments or philosophical issues that represent so many challenges for contemporary philosophy and human intelligence, for some paradoxes of millennial origin—such as the Liar or the sorites paradox—are still unresolved in the […]

Complements to a Theory of Cognitive Distortions

English preprint of a paper published in French under the title “Compléments pour une théorie des distorsions cognitives”, in the Journal de Thérapie Comportementale et Cognitive, 2007, 17-2, pp. 84-88. The purpose of this study is to describe a conceptual framework for cognitive distortions, which notably allows to specify more accurately their intrinsic relationships. This conceptual framework […]

Viewpoint of a duality

Viewpoints relative to a given duality are viewpoints that concerne a given duality A/Ā. Examples (js): viewpoint relative to the [Quantitative/Qualitative] Internal/ExternalQuantitative/QualitativeVisible/InvisibleAbsolute/RelativeAbstract/ConcreteStatic/DynamicDiachronic/SynchronicSingle/MultipleExtension/RestrictionAesthetic/PracticalPrecise/VagueFinite/InfiniteSingle/compound, Individual/CollectiveAnalytical/SyntheticImplicit/ExplicitVoluntary/Involuntary Similar notions: Viewpoint of a pole

A Solution to the Doomsday Argument

Un article publié en français dans the Canadian Journal of Philosophy Volume 28, Juillet 1998, pages 227-46. Cet article présente une solution pour l’Argument de l’Apocalypse (DA). Je montre tout d’abord qu’il n’existe pas de critère objectif pour le choix en général d’une classe de référence: dans ce cas, le calcul inhérent à DA ne peut pas […]

The Doomsday Argument and Hempel’s Problem

Posprint in English (with additional illustrations from wikimedia commons) of a paper published in French in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy Vol.29, July 1999, pp. 139-56 under the title “Comment l’Urne de Carter et Leslie se Déverse dans celle de Hempel”.I begin by describing a solution to Hempel’s Problem. I recall, second, the solution to the Doomsday Argument described […]

Paradigmatic Analysis of a Corpus of Proverbs with the help of Matrices of Concepts

A paper appeared in French in Semiotica, 2007, vol. 167, pp. 271-282 under the title “Analyse paradigmatique d’un corpus de proverbes à l’aide des matrices de concepts“. In On a Class of Concepts (2002), I presented a theory based on matrices of concepts which aims to constitute an alternative to the classification proposed by Greimas, in the […]