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Errol Morris on Kuhn and Kripke

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Errol Morris is a great filmmaker of documentaries. His “Thin Blue Line” and “Mr. Death” are absolutely riveting. I didn’t know until now that he had spent some time studying the history of science at Princeton and philosophy at Berkeley. He has a couple of very interesting recent articles about his experiences in the NYT: one about the time that Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at his head, and a second about Kuhn and Kripke and their very different accounts of how names and theories hook up with the world (or fail to).

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