Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Your questions about my “Husserl and Twin Earth” Post
In 1976, when I delivered the John Locke Lectures at Oxford, I often spent time with Peter Strawson, and one day at lunch he made a remark I have never been able to forget. He said, "Surely half the pleasure of life is sardonic comment on the passing show". This blog is devoted to comments, not all of them sardonic, on the passing philosophical show.
In my previous post, I reported that Dagfinn Føllesdal informed me that Husserl had the Twin Earth thought experiment in mind in 1911.
Several comments have come in, including requests for more detail about what Husserl had in mind. Dagfinn’s analysis of Husserl’s thoughts about this will appear in Dagfinn Føllesdal, “Husserl and Putnam on Twin Earth”, in Themes from Putnam, Lauener Library of Analytical Philosophy, ed. M. Frauchiger (Berlin: Ontos). I don’t want to comment on the Husserl passage myself until after his paper appears.