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Inference to the Loveliest Explanation?

November 3, 2009

David Hume statue, Edinburgh
This week, we have Dominic Hall of St Hilda’s College, and SocSoc Secretary, talking about:

Why grue isn’t lovely

The old problem of induction has puzzled philosophers since Hume, and with Goodman’s development of the ‘new problem’ can we have any basis to make inductive inferences at all. In this talk I’ll explain the new problem and then outline my theory as to how it can be avoided, using the technique of Inference to the Loveliest explanation.

Date: Wednesday of 4th week // November 4th, 2009
Time: 2000-2200
Venue: Canada Room, St Hilda’s College (ask at the lodge if you cannot find it)

You can get membership at the meeting. It’s £2 for a meeting’s worth of wine, £5 for a term’s worth, and £10 for a lifetime’s right to imbibe.

I hope to see you on Wednesday.

Nakul Krishna
President, Oxford Socrates Society


Socrates, tutor?

October 26, 2009

Socrates teaching

First meeting of Michaelmas Term: the 28th of October at 8 pm in the Fraenkel Room in Corpus Christi College. 

Nakul Krishna, Corpus Christi College, will be talking about…


Why Socrates would make a lousy Oxford tutor (and not just because he was smelly)

The Socratic method — learning by question and answer — is often taken to be the appropriate model for the Oxford tutorial system. But is this right? With its emphasis on testing the person rather than the philosophical position, Socrates’ alarming penchant for passing off implausible theses off onto his callow young interlocutors, and potential allegations of what we might now call sexual harassment, one wonders if the model is quite the right one for tutors to aspire to…

Meet you there!

Meetings This Term

March 18, 2009

Term is over. No meetings for a while.