I’m Brendan Lalor. ThereItIs.org* has been in my care for almost two decades. It’s been a political blog; it hosts resources for my students and philosophical texts I’ve edited and annotated, published in philosophical journals, contributed to discourse about cannabis, etc. The mish-mash includes food, music/audio, poetry of questionable quality . . .
Professor and Coordinator of the Philosophy Program at Castleton University, I’m a Vermont-based myco-philosopher living in the woods and working on MycoMeditations.net, a website devoted to philosophical thinking about fungi.
* – When I selected the domain name ‘ThereItIs.org’ in 2000, I was working on an existential philosophy of language, drawing on David Kaplan’s analysis of the semantics of indexicals and demonstratives – words like ‘here’, ‘now’, and ‘I’, ‘this’, ‘that’, and ‘there‘ – for which meaning varies with context. This area of linguistic thought is so rich here because there don’t seem to be formal rules or interesting cross-context generalizations that capture relevant semantic uniformities. Instead, the account of meaning for demonstratives like ‘there’ arguably adverts irreducibly to skilled engagement with the world, like following cues – like, in the case of ‘there’, the pointing gesture. There it is.
I also think that, deep down, all language contains such irreducible elements. But that’s another story.