August 17, 2007

Gettier Cases in Superbad

Just to make it clear that posts with any colorable philosophical content will go on this blog rather than the other one, I present a Gettier case from the end of Superbad. SPOILER below the fold:

...and yes, I went to the first showing...

At the end the kids all think Fogel is a badass because he's being dragged off by the cops. But the cops are dragging him off because he asked them to, in order to make the kids think he's a badass. But, as he's shown in the course of the movie, he really is a badass in pretty much the way that they think he is.

In fact, the only reason he's in position to ask the cops to drag him off is that he's been being badass with the cops all night. So arguably the kids' perception of him as badass is caused by his badassery, so we have yet another counterexample to causal theories of knowledge.

Posted by Matt Weiner at 02:11 PM

August 11, 2007

New Blog

As you can tell, I haven't been posting much. Part of this has been due to chaos of moving etc., but not all.

As you can also tell, if you've been reading, my posts have tended to be silly lately. The original idea was that the blog be mildly philosophical, and stuff like this doesn't really fit in with that mission. But stuff like that is what I most enjoy writing.

So, I'm going to start a new blog devoted to the silly stuff and the polemics: Saucers of Mud. This blog will continue in a marginally more serious vein, with the stuff tangentially related to philosophy and also probably to art. And posting can't really get any less frequent. But the sillier stuff will be over there.

Posted by Matt Weiner at 07:38 PM | Comments (2)