Category Philosophy


Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 5.6. There is a gap in our language and I want to try to close it by suggesting a new philosophical term. What I am looking for is a term for an entity that exists…

Limits of Learning Algorithms

A learning algorithm is a program that, following some fixed set of rules, produces new programs from sets or sequences of input data. Recent progress on the development of some learning algorithms (especially the “deep learning” approach based on “deep”, i.e. multi-layered systems of artificial neurons) have lead some researchers to the claim that, after […]

Translation of an Article by Gottlob Frege

Originally posted on Creativistic Philosophy:
I have published an article by German philosopher, mathematician and logican Gottlob Frege, and also an English translation of it. The English translation was prepared in a joint effort together with Tina Forsee. It replaces an earlier translation that I had published earlier this year. Several mistakes of the previous…

Shifting the Vantage Point

Looking at a landscape, you don’t see the point from where you are looking. That point is part of the landscape, but to see it, together with the landscape, you have to move somewhere else, to a higher peak maybe or to a helicopter. If you shift your vantage point, you can see the place […]

Kurt Ammon: Informal Physical Reasoning Processes.

Kurt Ammon has just published a new paper “Informal Physical Reasoning Processes”. You can find it on The pdf-version of the paper can be found here: This is just a preliminary announcement. I am intending to write about this paper and its philosophical implications in more detail in future articles on this blog. The new […]

Thoughts in a Museum

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
? Visiting a newly opened collection of modern art in Hannover’s the recently extended Sprengel Museum, it seemed to me that the history of 20th century art can be described as a series, or rather, a network of reflective steps of thinking or perceiving. Any knowledge we are using, either…

Is “The Singularity” Near?

Some people are believing in the coming of something they call “The Singularity”, and they believe it is only a few decades or even years away. For some (who may be viewed as belonging to a larger current of ideas sometimes referred to as the “transhumanist” movement), this seems to have some quasi-religious significance. Instead […]