Thomas Dylan Daniel is a free-thinking native Texan philosopher (with a name that could be almost be rearranged to form that of an equally free-thinking native Welsh philosopher-poet). He earned a BA in Philosophy from Southwestern University, USA, in 2008, and an MA in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from Texas State University, USA, in 2015.
Dylan’s career as a philosopher has included a bit of teaching and a number of essays, beginning with a book chapter entitled “The Lexicultural Propagation of Concepts”, published in 2014 in Philosophy of Language, edited by Brian Thomas and a policy piece called “The Need for a Standard Index of Vehicular Pollution Intensity in the United States” in OGEL, in 2015. Dylan has taken up a bit of a biographical bent of late, writing Brief Lives articles for Hermann von Helmholtz and Pierre Hadot for PhilosophyNow! in 2018 and 2016, respectively. Most recently, a piece popularizing Robert Pirsig’s work called “A Critical Reading of Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was picked up by Archive Humanitas in early 2019.
Formal Dialectics is a postmodernism-inspired reframing of the very structure of rational thought, an attempt to clarify our understanding of the formal limits of reason. As Dylan’s first full-length work, this ambitious project has been warmly received by a number of critics for its scope, its power, and its vision. As it sits at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, Formal Dialectics deals with large concepts efficiently, ultimately laying out an effective analogy from Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem to apply the same sort of scope limitation to all of spoken or written language.
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