Happy 75th Birthday to The Hobbit!

To celebrate the sixtyfifteenth birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-loved tale we’d like to give away a brand new advance copy of ‘The Hobbit and Philosophy’ publishing in November. You can read a free chapter here, right now, but just for fun we’d like to invite you to tell us, in the style of Tolkien, why we should give you our precious as a birthday present. The rules are as follows:

  1. One paragraph or less
  2. Posted in the comments field below
  3. Let’s keep it clean

The winner will be chosen by us based on originality, logical brilliance, hobbityness or just plain making the effort to have a go. The decision of the judges will be final. Competition closes October 5th. Good Luck.

Author: Mr Cooper

I am a teacher. I love THINGS. THINGS are the doorway into knowledge and understanding.

5 thoughts on “Happy 75th Birthday to The Hobbit!”

  1. Looking at the title of this book I saw no reason to enter this competition because I knew nothing of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, or Bilbo all that much. After reading the first chapter, I realized I have so much to gain from this book. I relinquished the fact that my wisdom in this field of life could be greatly enhanced by taking the knowledge this book offers and applying it to my life. I’m currently a senior college student, and the lessons this book offers could have a direct positive affect on my future goals and ambitions post-graduation and help me reach those goals. I would greatly appreciate the chance to make that possible.

    1. Good comment. I syidtued Gettier examples and the internalist, externalist, and other responses to Gettier in one of my epistemology classes in college. I intended this post to be a basic introduction to the subject. I plan to expound more on this topic on my blog later. I hope that you will follow to see what I write in the future. Reliabilism is an externalist theory proposed by epistemologists such as Dretske and Goldman. I read many of their articles in college. I am sympathetic to many of their views. I like one of Drestke’s original formulations:S s (Subject) belief that P(Proposition) qualifies as knowledge just in case S believes P because of reasons he possesses that would not obtain unless P were true.

  2. Why should you pick Matthew as the recipient of the book? An intriguing question Gandalf thought to himself. His brow furrowed as he drew his pipe from his mouth and pushed out smoke rings which, as they slipped away, turned into the most perfect forms of hobbits sitting and thinking, hands under chin, wispy smoke for furry feet and all. “How am I to ever make such a decision” he mumbled to himself. Frodo, sitting next to him watching the sun set over the havens replied looking Gandalf in the eyes, “We have made the shire safe, but not for us, and maybe he can take this book, and make his world safe as well”. Gandalf half smiled at Frodo and looked back towards the sun, mumbling with his pipe at the corner of his mouth, “maybe he can Frodo, maybe he can”.

    1. Ok, here’s the quote: Einstein tried to minimize this drrpatuee from classical physics by arguing that although quantum reasoning certainly does appear to limit one’s knowledge of the position and velocity, the electron still has a definite position and velocity exactly as we have always thought. But during the last couple of decades theoretical progress spearheaded by the late Irish physicist John Bell and the experimental results of Alain Aspect and his collaborators have shown convincingly that Einstein was wrong. Electrons and everything else for that matter cannot be described as simultaneously being at such-and-such location and having such-and-such speed. Quantum mechanics shows that not only could such a statement never be experimentally verified as explained above but it directly contradicts other, more recently established experimental results. So there you have it. It kind of makes sense though: if an electron was a physical particle, it couldn’t tunnel across barriers that it can’t travel through, but in fact, it can. I’m not saying it violates the Law of Identity, but I don’t think reality at that level is made up of physical objects like we experience them in our day-to-day lives. Electrons are more like probability functions than beach balls.Interesting stuff.

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