Legendary Philosopher Saul Kripke Resigns Over Allegations He Faked Results of Thought Experiments

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • drlake

    I think you need to fix the headline so it is “legendary philospher…” :)

    • drlake

      Gaaaah! And then I screw up my snark over his typo with my own! Curses, foiled again!

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      yeesh. Thanks!

  • Francisco Bacopa

    Next they’re going to be claiming that Daniel Dennett isn’t really the body he calls Fortinbras which is controlled from a secret complex at the Johnson Space Center by either his disembodied brain or a computer program called Hubert.

    According to Where am I? there should also by now be a second body controlled either by Yorrick (the name Dennett gave to his brain in a vat) or Hubert.

    Seriously, if you haven’t read Where am I?, click on the link above.

  • F

    Do I really need to read the linked page, or is it somehow April first?

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      It’s amusing.

  • sailor1031

    So if we repeat Schroedinger’s Cat we might could eliminate quantum uncertainty? Summer-the-little-stripey-cat will be so pleased.
    But surely, to repeat a thought experiment we would have to use the original brain, otherwise……oh I see…..it’s fauxphilosophy alright!

  • Arturos

    I missing being in school. I can’t stop laughing at this, but no one is around who will appreciate it.

  • http://www.richardcarrier.info/ Richard Carrier

    I am certain that story is a joke. The clues are obvious (not least that the source is called Faux Phil News). You weren’t taking it seriously, I hope!

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Of course not.

  • GavaGai

    This controversy over Saul and Ruth Marcus has been going on for eons. At least 20 Years that I personally know of. Why only now has it become such an issue? What brought it to the forefront? It’s claimed Marcus came up with the original idea. As a wannnabe writer, I realize that IDEAS can’t be copyrighted. How does it work in academia? So, Ruth Marcus, let’s say, came up with the idea. For DECADES Saul has been given credit for Naming & Necessity. Why didn’t others come forward on Marcus’ behalf while she was still alive? This is a serious question. I mean no sarcasm or disrespect to anyone by posing this question. But I’d love to hear some answers. And yes, it’s true, Saul has doesn’t have great penmanship – just like he said in one interview- but his handwriting is easier to decipher than his philosophical works.


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