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I would politely disagree with Bill’s suggestion that you not purchase his book. It is indeed expensive, but I bought it about 2 years ago, and it was without doubt worth the money I spent on it. Fortunately, I was in a position to spend about $150 on a single book, but if you have the money, it’s absolutely worth it. When I read other work in analytic philosophy these days, I am often struck by the comparative lack of clarity and lack of interest in “the big questions”. If more work in analytic philosophy were like Bill’s, we’d all be much better off.

That's very kind of you, John. The book has some serious flaws, as I would be the first to point out, so much so that I am contemplating a sort of re-do after I get this metaphilosophy book done. It'll happen this year, if body and soul stay attached. (I've been saying this for quite a few years now.)

I remember you, John; your comments were among the best I've ever received on this weblog. As I recall you have the doctorate from UVA and a few years ago moved West to start a career in IT. Send me a personal e-mail to let me know how it is going for you and how your philosophical work affects (if it does) your present job.

That’s very kind, Bill. I will certainly send you an email. I have several different email addresses and after a bit of digging, it appears that I missed one or two from you over the years. I shall reach out! My apologies.


Many thanks to Chad for drawing attention to my argument, and for this very helpful database. Bill (if I may), I have greatly benefited from reading your work over the years, and would be keenly interested to hear your thoughts on the paper, when you get to it.

Very best,


Good to hear from you. I will study your paper and perhaps write a post about it. And thank you for reading my work.

It occurs to me that your surname is a bit of an aptronym, reminiscent as it is of de re as opposed to de dicto.

OTher aptronyms in philosophy: Jack Smart, John Wisdom, Gerald Vision. Examples are easily multiplied beyond necessity. There used to be, perhaps still is, a knee specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital who rejoiced under the name, 'Dr Patella.'

Nomen est omen.

Some hypothesize nominative determinism, but I wouldn't go that far.

Ha! I once heard of an Italian physician named 'Salvatore'. That's as far as my experience with aptronyms goes. But it's possible that I'm just not paying enough attention.

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