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Welcome to the Jan Dejnožka Home Page, with philosophy papers and books, reviews of classical music with a reminiscence of Louis Krasner, and more. Permission is granted to quote material from unpublished papers on this site, provided that the papers are cited by author, title, date, and Web address (URL). Please feel free to contact me at dejnožka@juno.com.
Philosophia est amor sapientiae.
Sapientis est altissimas causas considerare.
Philosophia est ars artium, scientia scientiarum, regina scientiarum, magistra omnium artium et scientiarum.
Inventum philosophicum semper perfectibile.
Cogitatione fugitis. Carpe cogitationem.
Philosophy / Filosofie
Abstracts of Philosophy Papers
About the Author
My books and papers have been published in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Norway, Israel, and South Africa.
For Ann Arbor readers, all of my published books are here in the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (AADL).
Philosophy 101: papers for beginners / Filosofie 101: práce pro začátečníky
The first three papers in this section were inspired by members of Living Grace Ministry (LGM), Korean United Methodist Church (KUMC), Ann Arbor MI, including Pastor Steve Khang. LGM is primarily a youth ministry from middle school up to graduate school, though anyone can attend, and I often do. My views do not reflect those of Pastor Steve, LGM or KUMC. Since I’m agnostic, my views are very different in some ways, and the papers are intended for college students in general.
"Philosophies of." A note for students in other fields who would like to study the philosophy of their field.
"Good-bye to Postmodernism and All That." Refuting relativisms. The first chapter of my ontology book has a more technical discussion.
"Personal Relationships: Emotions and Responsibilities." This is the only work I have done in what Aristotle would call the practical science of ethics. All the other philosophy I have done is in what Aristotle would call theoretical science. Theoretical science is the study of what is the case, or how things are in the world. Practical science is the study of how we ought to live in the world. The paper was inspired by two of Pastor Steve’s sermons in 2015, one on right and wrong relationships, and the other on kinds of love. Thanks to Pastor Steve for inspiring this paper.
“Why I am an Agnostic.” This is an edit of three emails, so it’s more personal and conversational than thematically organized.
Book / Kniha 1: The Ontology of the Analytic Tradition and Its Origins
Basic Information: book summary, praise, and ordering information.
Much of the book is on Google Books.
On the present site:
Preface, appearing by kind permission of the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. From the 2003 reprint. It is for personal use only and cannot be photocopied or forwarded without permission from the publisher. Page breaks are different due to software changes.
Chapter 1: Introduction, appearing by kind permission of the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. From the 2003 reprint. It is for personal use only and cannot be photocopied or forwarded without permission from the publisher. Page breaks are different due to software changes.
Reviewed in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophia, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, International Studies in Philosophy, Filosofický Časopis, B Philosophica, Russell, and The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly.
Book / Kniha 2: Bertrand Russell on Modality and Logical Relevance ‒ Second Edition
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Reviewed in Organon F. Reviews expected in Logic and Logical Philosophy and Studia Philosophica.
First Edition (1999): Sold out. Reviewed in History and Philosophy of Logic, Studia Logica, The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, Russell, and The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly.
The second edition took seventeen years to prepare and is over twice as long. Among other things, the book is now more fully interdisciplinary. It is mostly philosophy, but there are now 132 pages on the history of the concept of logical relevance in evidence law, which I argue is by far the most likely origin of Russell’s logical theory of probability, indirectly through John Maynard Keynes’ theory of probability as degree of logical relevance. Among other things, Keynes was a member of the Inner Temple, one of the four English bars; and his work on probability was arguably better researched than his more famous work in economics.
Book / Kniha 3: The Growth of a Thinker: A Chapbook of Poems
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Book / Kniha 4: The Concept of Relevance and the Logic Diagram Tradition
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Reviewed in Logic and Logical Philosophy and Organon F. Review expected in Studia Philosophica.
Book / Kniha 5: Two Sermons
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Book / Kniha 6: Corporate Entity
Unpublished draft manuscript. October 8, 2007. Subsumes the corporate entity papers listed below and adds new material on real identity and real distinction, emergentism, supervenience, mereology, and the quantification and mathematization of business phenomena in economics.
Philosophy papers / Filosofické práce
"Dummett's Forward Road to Frege and to Intuitionism." Diametros, vol. 25, 118-131, September 2010.
“The Concept of Relevance and the Logic Diagram Tradition.” Logica Universalis 4/1, 67-135, 2010, author’s personal copy appearing by kind permission of Springer.
“Dummett’s Backward Road to Frege and to Intuitionism.” Appearing by kind permission of Open Court Publishing Company, a division of Carus Publishing Company, from The Philosophy of Michael Dummett, ed. by Randall E. Auxier and Lewis Edwin Hahn, copyright 2007 by The Library of Living Philosophers in La Salle, Ill.
“Are the Natural Numbers Just Any Progression? Peano, Russell, and Quine.” The Review of Modern Logic vol. 10, nos. 3-4, issue 32, 91-111, March 2005-May 2007, appearing by kind permission of the editor. Philosophy of mathematics.
“Observational Ecumenicism, Holist Sectarianism: The Quine-Carnap Conflict on Metaphysical Realism.” Philo 9/2, 165-91, Fall-Winter 2006, appearing by kind permission of the editor. Philosophy of science.
“Russell on Modality,” The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 120, November 2003, 33-38.
“Russell and MacColl.” Nordic Journal of Philosophical Logic 6/1, 21-42, 2001, appearing by kind permission of Elsevier.
“Origin of Russell’s Early Theory of Logical Truth as Purely General Truth: Bolzano, Peirce, Frege, Venn, or MacColl?” Modern Logic vol. 8 nos. 3-4, May 2000-October 2001, 21-30, 2001, appearing by kind permission of the editor.
“Butchvarov: Phenomenology, Ontology, Universals, and Goodness.” Philosophia 28/1-4, 445-54, June 2001, appearing by kind permission of Springer.
“Quine: Whither Empirical Equivalence?” South African Journal of Philosophy 14/4, 175-82, 1995, appearing by kind permission of the editor. Philosophy of science.
“Origins of the Private Language Argument.” Diálogos 66, 59-78, 1995, appearing by kind permission of the editor. This was originally a 189 page book MS which I condensed to a paper. Philosophy of language.
“Russell’s Seventeen Private-Language Arguments.” Russell 11/1, 11-35, 1991, appearing by kind permission of the editor. The paper was read at the Bertrand Russell Society meeting at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in December 1990. Philosophy of language.
“The Ontological Foundation of Russell’s Theory of Modality.” Erkenntnis 32, 383-418, 1990, appearing by kind permission of Springer. The paper was read at the Bertrand Russell Society meeting at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in December 1988.
“Zeno’s Paradoxes and the Cosmological Argument.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 25, 65-81, 1989, appearing by kind permission of Springer. Philosophy of mathematics is used to show a fallacy in three of St. Thomas Aquinas' five arguments for the existence of God. Adding infinitesimals will not change the argument, if there is no smallest infinitesimal.
“Russell’s Robust Sense of Reality.” Grazer Philosophische Studien 32, 155-64, 1988, appearing by kind permission of the editor. The paper, Butchvarov’s response and my rejoinder, and Stewart Umphrey’s response and my rejoinder, were read at the Bertrand Russell Society meeting at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association on December 28, 1987 in New York City. All five papers appear in GPS 32.
“Frege: Existence Defined as Identifiability.” International Studies in Philosophy 14, 1-18, 1982, appearing by kind permission of the editor.
“Frege on Identity.” International Studies in Philosophy 13, 31-41, 1981, appearing by kind permission of the editor. Philosophy of language.
Law papers / Právní práce
1. “Must a Tax Intercept of Child Support Beyond the Statute of Limitations Be Returned to Obligor?” Michigan Family Law Journal 28/8-9, 8-10, August-September 1999.
2. “Note on Continuing and Exclusive Jurisdiction over Child Support Orders.” Michigan Family Law Journal 25, 10, June/July 1998.
Law school student papers / Pisemné práce jako studujícího práv
“Plato and Hobbes: The Foundations of Political Philosophy.” written for Don Regan’s political philosophy course (1992). A theory of the state basing theory of value on theory of human nature, based on a general solution to Hume’s is → ought (fact → value) inference problem.
“The Freedom of Morality.” written for Joseph Raz’s and Don Regan’s co-taught value and politics course (1994). A critical study of Joseph Raz, The Morality of Freedom. Topics include authority justified by reason, perfectionist moral ideals vs. neutralism, rights-based liberty, incommensurability of values, human well-being, political autonomy, value-pluralism, and harm and toleration.
“Is an Objectively Best Tax Policy Possible?.” written for Kyle Logue’s tax law course (1994). A discussion of objectivity and the paradoxes of relativism as they apply to tax policy. This is a reply to a 1992 paper in Tax Policy by Douglas A. Kahn and Jeffrey S. Lehman.
“Corporate Entity: A Legal and Ontological Study.” written for Joseph Vining for independent research credit (1996), after taking his enterprise organization course. There is a wide discussion of issues, but the main topic is the reality of human groups and institutions. Subsumed into my corporate entity book as parts one and two.
“Corporate Entity: Vagueness, Artifice, and Reality.” a sequel to my “Corporate Entity: A Legal and Ontological Study.” July 6, 2005; updated September 26, 2005. An original discussion of vagueness, and the only sustained criticism of Russell’s definition of “vague” I know of. Subsumed into my corporate entity book as part 3, sects. 1-9.
“Logical Relevance.” written for Richard D. Friedman’s advanced evidence course (1996). This is an early draft of my Russell book, chapter 10.
“Daubert vs. Frye: Logical Empiricism and Reliable Science.” written in reply to Heidi Li Feldman’s advanced torts course and a 1996 paper by Richard D. Friedman.
The law school papers were edited for the Web in 2004, except for the 2005 sequel on corporate entity.
Philosophy web sites / Filosofické webové stránky
1. Gottlob Frege
2. Bertrand Russell
3. Ludwig Wittgenstein
4. Willard Van Orman Quine
5. Panayot Butchvarov
6. American Philosophical Association
7. Philosophy Documentation Center
Chief philosopher and traditional founder of my wife’s family, Choi / Choe.
Mostly LP / Hlavnĕ LP
Recommendations of classical music with a reminiscence of Louis Krasner
Mostly violin / Hlavnĕ housle
Advice to beginners on violin with video clip links
Favorites / Favority
Brief lists of philosophical, musical, literary, artistic, and movie favorites
Our family in photographs / Naše rodina ve fotografii
The growth of a Navy family
Official U.S. Navy photo, USS AMERICA CV-66, 1982
Greetings from the Indian Ocean, ca. April 1983
Applebee’s Restaurant, Ann Arbor MI, March 23, 2010: left to right: Jan, Julie, Chung, Marina
U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Reception, Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Dining Facility, Annapolis MD, June 30, 2014: Marina, Chung, Jan, Julie
U.S. Naval Academy. Induction Day, Annapolis MD, after Julie took the Oath of Office as Midshipman, July 1, 2014: Chung, Marina, Julie, Jan
Julie Dejnožka, MIDN USN, Official U.S. Navy Photo, United States Naval Academy, October 16, 2015
Navy Recruiting Station, Troy MI, I swear Marina in to the U.S. Navy the first time, pre-high school graduation for early enlistment benefits, February 17, 2015. As a former Navy officer, I could do that.
Navy Recruiting Station, Troy MI, I swear Marina in to the U.S. Navy the second time, post-high school graduation as an adult entering active duty, July 27, 2015. She shipped out to boot camp the same day.
Marina graduates from Boot Camp, Naval Station Great Lakes, September 18, 2015: Chung, Jan, Marina. Photo by CAPT Andrew Rosa, Ret.
Marina Dejnožka, SR USN, Official U.S. Navy Photo, Naval Station Great Lakes, September 2015
Now we're a Navy family: a proud and happy Dad and both daughters! I never imagined they'd be interested!
The Destroyer Girls
USS PORTER DDG-78. Julie’s first ship, summer cruise 2015
USS MCFAUL DDG-74. Marina’s first ship, three year duty 2016-2019
Both ships are Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.
The growth of a philosopher
Young Philosopher, 1954, photo by Ladislav Dejnožka
Young Philosopher, ca. 1955, photo by Ladislav Dejnožka
Senior yearbook photo, 1969, National Merit Finalist, Niskayuna High School, Niskayuna NY
Undergraduate student, 1973, senior year, photo by Ladislav Dejnožka
Graduate student, ca. 1974, photo by Ladislav Dejnožka
Graduate student, ca. 1975: with sister Karlinda, photo by Ladislav Dejnožka
Graduate student, ca. 1975: with father Ladislav, photo by Helen Dejnožka
The Philosopher's Stone, 1976, photo by Ladislav Dejnožka
The philosopher, 1991, studio photo
Family reunion, Old Country Buffet, Schenectady NY, 2008: with mother Helen, photo by Chung Dejnožka
Thoughts of spiritual peace / Myslenky duchovního míru
Tao Te Ching
“Other people are contented, enjoying the sacrificial feast of the ox.
In spring some go to the park, and climb the terrace,
But I alone am drifting, not knowing where I am.
Like a newborn babe before it learns to smile,
I am alone, without a place to go.
“Others have more than they need, but I alone have nothing.
I am a fool. Oh yes! I am confused.
Other men are clear and bright,
But I alone am dim and weak
Other men are sharp and clever,
But I alone am dull and stupid.
Oh, I drift like the waves of the sea,
Without direction, like the restless wind.
“Everyone else is busy,
But I alone am aimless and depressed.
I am different.
I am nourished by the great mother.”
Ch. 20. Trans. by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English. New York: Vintage, 1972.
The Old Testament
“As thou knowest not what is the way of the wind,...
Even so thou knowest not the work of God who doeth all.
In the morning sow thy seed,
And in the evening withhold not thine hand:
For thou knowest not which shall prosper,
Whether this or that, or whether they both alike shall be good.” Ecclesiastes 11: 4-6.
The New Testament
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head.” Matthew 8: 20.
“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3: 8.
“92. Who can trace the path of those who know the right food of life and, rejecting over-abundance, soar in the sky of liberation, the infinite Void without beginning? Their course is as hard to follow as that of the birds in the air.
“384. When beyond meditation and contemplation a Brahmin has reached the other shore, then he attains the supreme vision and all his fetters are broken.
“385. He for whom there is neither this nor the further shore, nor both, who, beyond all fear, is free―him I call a Brahmin.
“416. He who wanders without a home in this world, leaving behind the feverish thirst for the world, and the fever never returns―him I call a Brahmin.”
Trans. by Juan Mascaró. New York: Penguin, 1980.
“Two birds, inseparable friends, cling to the same tree. One of them eats the sweet fruit, the other looks on without eating....He is beyond all the forms of the tree (of the world) and of time, he is the other....He is the one bird in the midst of the world; he is also (like) the fire (of the sun) that has set in the ocean.”
The Upanishads. vol. 2. Trans. by Friedrich Max Muller. New York: Dover, 1962.
“Socrates: Yes, but there may be more to this question: I really do not know as yet, but we must follow the argument wherever, like a wind, it may lead us.”
Philosophical beginnings / Filosofické počáteky
Prefaces of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Russell, and Wittgenstein
Social conscience / Sociální svědomí
Bee friendly. My home garden and yard are Bee Friendly, meaning no herbicides or pesticides in over 5 years, and it's really more like 10. I originally stopped using the poisons because it was too much time and trouble, but it turned out to be a better thing than I thought. I like bees and want to help them. We had lots of bees last year, also butterflies and a hummingbird.
1. Two thirds of our food is pollinated, yet we’re killing bees with poisons.
2. Major home supply chains sell “bee friendly” plants pre-treated with poisons.
3. An example of local “grass roots” help in my home town, Ann Arbor.
4. Ideas and similar ideas for homeowners. Doing even just some of these things may help. All I did was stop using poisons and plant wildflower mix from seed.
Young scientist has new idea to remove plastic from the oceans. See his Web site.
These are three major aspects of environmentalism. “There is no Planet B.”
This Web site was started on June 17, 1998. This page was updated on July 10, 2017.