Robert O. Doyle
[Doyle (Robert O.)]
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- Bob Doyle refers to himself1 as The Information2 Philosopher.
- You can read all about him in his own words at Bob Doyle: About the 'Information Philosopher'. There are a couple of links from there to Wikipedia, but (last I looked) no-one seems to have completed the entries!
- For his basic philosophical position, see Bob Doyle: Introduction.
- He is basically an astrophysicist with a PhD from Harvard and is an associate in the astrophysics department there.
- He has, however, had an interest in philosophy for the last 60 years.
- I came across him by accident when looking for an on-line paper. See the list here: metaphysicist.com (articles). He has a disclaimer saying it’s “fair use” to do this, that objectors should let him know. I only put extracts on my website, as I doubt you can put up full texts without permission from the publisher. But there’s a lot of variation of practice here.
- He has two websites:-
The latter has been published only recently (2016) though has presumably been a long time in the making.
- Bob Doyle - informationphilosopher.com, and
- He has self-published3 three books – with a fourth on the way – which are basically extracts as at a point in time from his websites – which reflect his main philosophical interests:-
- "Doyle (Robert O.) - Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy",
- "Doyle (Robert O.) - Great Problems of Physics and Philosophy: Solved?",
- "Doyle (Robert O.) - Metaphysics: Problems, Paradoxes, and Puzzles Solved?",
- Bob Doyle: My God, He Plays Dice! (Due "Spring 2018").
- I have to say that the titles (though not necessarily the subject-matter) of these works are rather dismaying. No philosophical problem is finally “solved” until it is removed from philosophy to one of the sciences. I’ve not yet read the detailed arguments, but I doubt any of these have really been solved, even by the application of “information4 philosophy”.
- Bob looks into a wide range of interesting topics. Those that are most relevant to my own research include (with my own Notes – mostly just reading lists at this stage, and some the nearest topics – in brackets):-
I've salted these away as "papers" on which I intend to make comments. They feature in the "Author's Papers" list below.
- Bob Doyle: Identity (Closest Note: Logic of Identity5)
- Bob Doyle: Coinciding Objects (Closest Note: Coincidence6)
- Bob Doyle: Change (Note: Change7)
- Bob Doyle: Composition (Closest Note: Mereology8)
- Bob Doyle: Material Constitution (Closest Note: Constitution9)
- Bob Doyle: Individuation (Closest Note: Individual10)
- Bob Doyle: Persistence (Note: Persistence11)
- Bob Doyle: Vagueness (Note: Vagueness12)
- Bob Doyle: Abstract Entities (Closest Note: Universals13)
- Bob Doyle: Dion & Theon (Note: Dion and Theon14)
- Bob Doyle: The Problem of the Many (Note: Problem of the Many15)
- Bob Doyle: Ship of Theseus (Note: Ship of Theseus16)
- Bob Doyle: Statue and the Clay (Note: Statue and the Clay17)
- Bob Doyle: Tibbles the Cat (Note: Tibbles the Cat18)
- Bob Doyle: Sorites (Note: Sorites19)
- My interest in Bob’s work – apart from the philosophical resources and thought – is mainly for his method, which is very similar20 to my own.
- Philosophically, he agrees that the subject needs to be undertaken21 in the light of the best science of the day. So do – and have – many philosophers.
- He believes in using the internet to display and disseminate results.
- His particular technique – in having small pages on particular topics hyperlinked together – is the same as my own.
- He differs from me somewhat in:-
- Being slightly less ambitious
- Having a more professional “look and feel” to his websites.
- Only publishing on-line what he’s happy with and has completed.
- My website is rather chaotic in comparison.
- When I first came across this – 10 years after I started my own website (see the paper I wrote for my PhD supervisor22 in November 2007) – I was rather dismayed.
- Hitherto I’d not seen this approach fully exploited by a philosopher before (though – like myself23 – Bob is an outsider to the Philosophy profession), other than in the on-line encyclopedias. I’d thought I was onto something new by way of “method” – albeit utilising standard techniques.
- That said, it’s good to come across someone of like mind and – as I am younger than Bob (as at October 2017 he is 81: his second book “was published on June 19, 2011, his 75th birthday”. I am – also as at October 2017 – just shy of my 64th birthday) I will hopefully be able to press on a little longer in like manner.
- Also, I can learn from what he’s done, and tidy up my act somewhat.
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||Status: Personal Identity (2020 - March)
||Status: Summary (2020 - March)
||Thesis - Information