Release dates for PEL episodes refer to the release of the first half of the conversation. If you're a PEL Citizen, you'll get the whole thing on that date; if not, you'll have to wait another week for the second half.
The Next PEL Episodes
- Ep. 195: The Austin/Strawson Debate on Truth. We're reading two articles from 1950, both called "Truth," the first by J.L. Austin, who is defending a sort-of stripped-down version of the correspondence theory, and the second by P.F. Strawson, who ironically (given that Austin is known for his theory of performatives) is defending a performative theory of truth, meaning that saying "is true" just serves a function in conversation (to say that you're advocating a claim) but doesn't have any actual information content.
- Ep. 196: Guest Harry Blackburn on Truth. The previous two episodes were all just to prepare us for our distinguished guest, whose new book is On Truth. You may also want to check out his previous and longer book, Truth: A Guide.
- Ep. 197: Parmenides. We're joined by History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps host Peter Adamson to discuss the fragments of Parmenides. We recommend the Kirk/Raven/Schofield volume The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts. Among the secondary sources that we also looked at to make sense of this very funny text is the Parmenides chapter (p. 113) by David Sedley in The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy and John Palmer's entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Also see Alexander Mourelatos's "Some Alternatives in Interpreting Parmenides" (1979).