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PS: I knew Kokoszyńska primarily as one of Tarski's collaborators on the concept of truth (see Mancosu's paper https://philpapers.org/rec/MANTNA-3) and as the photographer of the well-known snapshots of Tarski and Gödel. I had not seen or heard of the Cohen video. Too modest to link to the paper in the JHAP issue you edited? Here it is: https://jhaponline.org/jhap/article/view/2927

On Translation, in Analytic Philosophy

One of the the peculiarities of the analytic tradition is that if you say, "I am interested in translation in analytic philosophy," people are more likely to talk about Quine (or Davidson) rather than about the peculiar fact that many of the works of early analytic philosophy are the product of ...

Google Scholar gives the first occurrence of "The nothing noths" as a 1969 paper by Kenneth Stern https://philpapers.org/rec/STELRA-2 . Stern calls it a "celebrated example" so presumably it's not his translation/coinage. He got his PhD at Yale and spent time at Oxford, in the early 60s (he was born 1930). Ayer returned to Oxford in 1959.

On Translation, in Analytic Philosophy

One of the the peculiarities of the analytic tradition is that if you say, "I am interested in translation in analytic philosophy," people are more likely to talk about Quine (or Davidson) rather than about the peculiar fact that many of the works of early analytic philosophy are the product of ...

What I had in mind with the "mathematical thinking" comment was that either formal or informal methods of proof, as taught in an undergraduate intro logic class, don't really go far enough to competently follow some philosophical arguments. As an example, suppose someone defines a concept and then claim that all instances of it have some property. You need to know how to prove that, and you need to know what a counterexample would be like, to engage with this. Drawing out consequences and coming up with counterexamples are two important things philosophers do. Naive set theory is a good way to train this: how to apply a definition, how to prove things using definitions and various methods of proof, how to find a counterexample, or combinations thereof, e.g., proving by contradiction by assuming there is a counterexample etc. That skill is important even if you don't do logic or philosophy of math. (That you come away knowing some set theory of course also is.)

On the Training of Philosophers in Formal Methods

Back when I was in graduate school, all students were required to take a course in logic. People had a vague understanding that there were also various other formal methods that used in philosophy – probability theory, decision theory, game theory, statistics – but courses in those topics did no...

Now 10 years old (perhaps time for a followup) but back then I concluded that perhaps the reports of the death of logic in philosophy have been exaggerated:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/rzach/blog/2004/05/status-of-logic-in-philosophy.html
Philosophy departments may not advertise jobs with AOS logic, but that doesn't mean that they don't hire logicians.

Some first reflections on the Areas of Specialization

Marcus Arvan over at Philosopherscocoon tallied the distribution of Areas of Specializations (AOS) of this year's paltry number of tenure track listings; on Nov 14, there were no more than 110 according to Zombie. It gives a good snapshot of hiring trends. (It would be nice if somebody could fin...

Relevant, from my department's website:
What to do with your PhD in Philosophy—Outside of Academia

Philosophers who work outside of academia – Part 3: Transferrable skills and concrete advice

This is part 3 of a 3-part series of interviews with philosophers who left academia right after grad school or in some cases later. See part 1 to see what jobs they held, and part 2 on how they evaluate their jobs. This part will focus on the transferrable skills of academics. The burning quest...

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