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Summer Reading 2018-2019

27 January 2019

This summer break, I set aside some time to turn off my devices, unplug from the internet, and read some honest-to-goodness books. Some I received from friends and family as Christmas or Birthday gifts (thanks, Sharon, Zac, Neil!), and some I had accumulated on my “to-read” pile waiting for just the right time. Here are some short reviews of my summer reading pile, in case you’d like to follow along.

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Philosophy in Public

28 October 2018

Last Wednesday, I went down to the studios at ABC Southbank, to be interviewed by Libbi Gorr for ABC Radio Melbourne’s Sunday program. As I made my way through the building, and settled into the little studio, I thought I heard a familiar voice, faintly in the distance. Libbi explained that this was Kevin Rudd (the former Prime Minister), who was being interviewed in the next room. Unlike the former PM, I wasn’t doing the rounds of media because I had a book to promote.

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If you’ve been following my travels, you’ll get some sense that this has been a busy year. I’ve done lots of writing on my book, and I’ve managed to give lots of talks, both in the US and in Argentina, as well as at home. I haven’t posted here for nearly a year–writing elsewhere has been a higher priority. However, this weekend, I’ve made a few changes to the website which means that I might post here a little more often.

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I love the way I’ve met so many different people through working in logic, that I’ve made good friends, good colleagues, good teachers and mentors. I’ve been part of an enterprise that’s larger than any one person. I have been shaped by that community, and have had the opportunity to made some small mark on it myself. Logic, like any other academic discipline, has a history. The activities of doing logic — of studying, researching and teaching — are spread out through time.

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Working in philosophical logic, I love the opportunity to learn from so many people through history, and not only to learn, but to pass on a tradition, and to have the opportunity to extend the tradition, and to refine it a little, in passing it on. It’s been a delight to learn from some great figures, the historical figures through their writing, and my contemporaries in person, both as face-to-face teachers (while a student, I learned logic from Sheila Oates-Williams, Neil Williams, Rod Girle, Ian Hinckfuss, and Graham Priest), but the learning doesn’t stop when you finish your degree.

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Recent Writing

  • (with Shawn Standefer and Rohan French) “Proofs and Models in Naive Property Theory: A Response to Hartry Field's “Properties, Propositions and Conditionals”,” to appear in the Australasian Philosophical Review. Abstract  pdf
  • “Generality and Existence I: Quantification and Free Logic,” Review of Symbolic Logic, 12 (2019) 1–29. Abstract  pdf
  • (with Francesco Berto) “Negation on the Australian Plan,” to appear in the Journal of Philosophical Logic. Abstract  pdf
  • “Truth Tellers in Bradwardine's Theory of Truth,” pages 143-154 in Modern Views of Medieval Logic, edited by Christoph Kann, Benedikt Loewe, Christian Rode and Sara L. Uckelman, Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales—Bibliotheca. Peeters Publishers, 2018 Abstract  pdf
  • Substructural Logics,” an entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2018. (Substantial revision of the 2000 entry.) Abstract

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I’m Greg Restall, and this is my personal website. I teach philosophy and logic as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. ¶ Start at the home page of this site—a compendium of recent additions around here—and go from there to learn more about who I am and what I do. ¶ This is my personal site on the web. Nothing here is in any way endorsed by the University of Melbourne.



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