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Tuesday, May 05, 2009


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Congratulations, Bill, on your first quinquennium in the unquiet blogosphere. We are all better off for your efforts. Thank you.

I echo the sentiments of Michael Gilleland and Philoponus, Bill. Here's to 5 (or even 5 x 5) more years of you "gettin' all Mavericky," as Sarah Palin/Tina Fey might put it.

Bill, you've got a great blog, and it's one of the reasons that I started blogging.

Jeffery Hodges

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Congratulations are in order. Thanks are even more so. A blog for serious ideas... Who'da thunk?

Yes, thanks for a great blog, and I do hope you "blog on".

Congratulations, Bill. I am happy I found it back about a year and a half ago. It is a wonderful site and I don't know what I would do without it.


Congratulations on five years. Your posts are always of a very high quality, and equally importantly, so are the replies and ensuing debates. Your and Edward Feser's blogs are the only two I ever visit. Between the both of you, I've learned a lot about philosophy. Thanks!


And thank you Phil, for your support.

Ed, I have been enjoying your recent posts, and thinking it is time for another round with you on hylomorphic dualism.

Jeffery, Glad to have played some role in getting you started. Keep up the good work.

Bob, thanks for your support over the years.

Deogolwulf, Keep those fewtrils coming. The uxorial quotation from Eddington was much enjoyed.

Peter, And I'm glad I found you.

Brodie, You are very welcome. Your comments have been excellent.

Congratulations from someone who has been reading you, off and on, for a good chunk of those five years.

Congratulations on your first 5 years, I hope there will be many more to come.

One reason why I follow your blog regularly is that you do a great job of balancing technicality and accessibility. Many of your posts are rather technical (which I think they would need to be if one is to do philosophy properly) yet they usually aren't so technical that they cannot be understood by us undergrads/mere mortals.

I'm usually content to lurk, leaving the comments to those who have more experience in philosophy than I do. But I feel as though I am learning much. As is the case with many things, if I want to get better at philosophy, I need to challenge myself. So thank you for challenging me, Bill.

I also want to thank you for answering a question on your blog that I sent to you a couple months back via email. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question in detail.


One of my goals when I started this project was to see if philosophy could be presented in a way that was both accessible and rigorous. Academic philosophy is for the most part read only by academics, and the stuff that is read by the general public is mostly very dubious, Ayn Rand, for example. I'm glad you think I have pulled off this project to some extent.

I'm curious as to what that question was that I answered here.

Thanks for the comments.

Congratulations and sincere thanks, Bill. Your blog is a rare gem of sense, and I hope to return to many of your previous posts again in the future, to refresh my memory and internalize what you've said on various topics. Please continue to do what you do; your efforts are very much appreciated and you do us all a great service.

You are very welcome, Steve. I will try to earn your continuing readership.

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