Metaphilosophy or meta-philosophy is the study of the subject, matter, methods and aims of philosophy; see also meta-. It is the "philosophy of philosophy". Many people consider the recursive study of philosophy to be a part of any philosophical enterprise because it is intertwined with all branches of philosophy as is logic or epistemology. Philosophy is, however, commonly understood to encapsulate metaphilosophy, so the distinction is seldom made.
The primary question for metaphilosophy is, "What is philosophy?", and because different philosophers have offered different answers, it is the task of meta-philosophy to adjudicate. Prior to adjudication, however, the metaphilosopher must identify, clarify, and understand the alternative conceptions of the nature of philosophy, as well as his available reasoning tools and their limits.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Police have a suspect in a pair of attacks on women in the York University area and now they're trying to get in touch with the victims.Quoted from citynews.ca.
Authorities won't say if the man arrested Wednesday shortly after two assaults on women on Sentinel Road near York U are connected to two sex attacks that occurred in the same area late last month, but he is considered one of several persons of interest in that investigation (see composite).
Detectives have a Good Samaritan to thank for the potential break in the case. Det. Sgt. Tom Lynch of the Sex Crimes Unit said the man saw the attack around 4pm, called 9-1-1 and saw both the suspect and the victim flee the scene.
"(The victim) fled to protect herself and in that flight, you know, we all react in different ways," Lynch said.
"I don't think it's unusual and I think now she knows he's in custody and someone has assisted her, she will come forward."
The man's quick action may have been spurred by the police canvasses in the area this week, where they handed out composites of the suspected sex predator and warned women to be extra cautious.
Earlier, investigators said they believed the man responsible for the sex attacks around the university lived in the area, but the man arrested Wednesday fled the scene in a car.
Lynch did not confirm this suspect is also the man police believe is responsible for the sex attacks last month.
"This accused is one of several persons of interest in the Finch Avenue and Sentinel Road area sexual assaults and investigations ... are being conducted as we speak," Lynch said.
"Until these investigations have been concluded, we are seeking a publication ban on the court proceedings and conversely we are not releasing the accused name or his photograph in order not to compromise this investigation."
The accused is currently facing one count of assault in relation to Wednesday's attack.
Police said another attack also occurred Wednesday, shortly before the assault witnessed by the Good Samaritan. Investigators also want to speak to the victim in that incident.
Despite the arrest, authorities are still warning women in the York University area to remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings at all times."I would highly suggest that we remain vigilant at this point in time," Lynch said. "As I stated, this gentleman is one of many persons of interest."
Friday, December 01, 2006
The Toronto Police Service is currently investigating an incident which occurred on Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 at approximately 9pm, south of York University’s Keele campus near the intersection of Sentinel Road and Murray Ross Parkway, York Security Services said yesterday.
At that time, a female reported being assaulted by an unknown male assailant.
The assailant indicated to the victim that he had a handgun in his possession.
Should you have any information with respect to this incident you are asked to contact Toronto Police Service directly at 416-808-7474.
York Security Services responds to all community calls for service and can be contacted directly at 416-736-5333
York University provides the following campus security services:
* 24/7/365 campus security patrols
* goSAFE Transportation Service
* Escort - foot patrols
* 24/7/365 monitored CCTV coverage
* Network of emergency “Blue Light” telephones
See the York Security Web site for more information or further updates: http://www.yorku.ca/security
For information regarding previous York sexual assault, please click here.
Quoted from EVERYTHING TRUE.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
A new monthly series on a variety of hot topics. All sessions will be held in Rm. 531, Scott Library (proceed to the fifth floor, turn left).
NOTE: Please email to confirm attendance.
Using Blogs for Research
Presenters: Mark Robertson & Kalina Grewal
When: Monday October 30, 2:00-3:30pm
Blogs are ubiquitous these days. There are food blogs, travel blogs, news blogs, tech blogs. But what use are they in the academic setting? And if they are of use, how do you get the most out of them? This session will discuss tools and strategies for identifying and using blog content effectively in your academic work.
Wikipedia & Scholarly Research
Presenter: Lisa Sloniowski
When: Tuesday November 28, 11:00-12:30pm
This session will explore advantages and disadvantages inherent in using the increasingly popular Wikipedia for research. We will discuss what Wikipedia is, how entries are created, and the debate surrounding accuracy, currency and scope of information found within it. Participants will also be exposed to other online reference tools offered by York Libraries which may assist them in their research.
Early British Parliamentary Papers
Presenter: Amanda Wakaruk
When: Wednesday January 31, 10:00-11:30am
Our library collections include British primary resources dating back to the early 1700s. This workshop will explore documentation that tracks the evolution of one of the most important and influential Imperial powers of recent history. You might be surprised by who we will meet along the way -- contributions by Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale, John Stuart Mill and insights into the influence and lives of Mark Twain, William Morris, Joseph Conrad, Oscar Wilde (and others!) can be found in the records of the British government.
Presenter: Adam Taves
When: Monday February 26, 1:00-2:30pm
Did you know that there are many specialized tools and advanced features built into Google that can make your searching more effective? This session will explore the advanced features of Google Search as well as some specialized tools such as Book Search and Google Maps. We will also discuss the merits and limitations of Google Scholar, in addition to looking at easy ways to link into York Libraries' online holdings from items found in Google Scholar.
Unique Music Collections for Future Research
Presenter: Rob van der Bliek
When: Thursday March 29, 2:30-4:00pm
University library music collections have for the most part been developed to provide curricular support, which often has meant a collection based primarily on standard repertoire classical music and to some extent jazz. With the advent of online subscriptions like
What do you think?
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Now I reflect back to a moment, literally a moment, when I was thinking to myself, and thusly sub-vocalizing: "I wonder if this woman is even capable of appreciating the irony of my sitting here listening (on my dime) to her lecture about the importance of foundations (cf. indoctrination) classes -- where the critical thinking and essay writing skills required to succeed at York University are purportedly elucidated -- whilst simultaneously analyzing the paralinguistic features of her discourse, such as her tone, and her body language, which in my opinion admits to nothing more, or less, than her merely championing the discursive strategies of the dominant ideology.”