Keith Douglas' Web Page
|About me||Find out who I am and what I do.|
|My resumé||A copy of my resumé and other documentation about my education and work experience for employers and the curious.|
|Reviews, theses, articles, presentations||A collection of papers from my work, categorized and annotated.|
|Current research projects||What I am currently working on, including some non-research material.|
|Interesting people||People professionally "connected" to me in some way.|
|Interesting organizations||Organizations I am "connected" to. (Some rather loosely.)|
|Intellectual/professional influences||Influences on my work, including an organization chart. Here you can also buy many good books on philosophy and other subjects via amazon.com. I have included brief reviews of hundreds of books.|
|Professional resources||Research sources, amazon.com associates programs, etc.|
|What is the philosophy of computing?||A brief introduction to my primary professional interest.|
|My intellectual heroes||A partial list of important people. Limited to the dead.|
|My educational philosophy||As a sometime teacher I've developed one. Includes book resources.|
I am primarily, but not exclusively a philosopher of science and technology and logician. (If you are looking for a poet who lived from 1920 to 1944 you are, alas, in the wrong place. But stay awhile, you may yet find something useful!) If you are interested in my information technology skills rather than my philosophical skills, follow this.
I have traveled around a little to further my education. I started in my home town of Montreal, where I attended McGill University. I then spent some time in Vancouver, to attend the University of British Columbia, and then Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University, and now I am, at least for the time being, back in Montreal. During my travels I have met up with many interesting and stimulating people who have provoked my reflections on many of the subjects I discuss in my papers and elsewhere.
An important part of my primary interest, the philosophy of computing, has been metaphysical in character, focusing on questions such as:
I also have done work related to the philosophy of science and epistemology:
But my interests broaden out of these fields to general questions in philosophy and indeed in intellectual life generally:
I spend my intellectual life thus flying between two or three different ways of seeing and understanding the world: one scientific and technological, and one humanistic. I do not see these in opposition. In fact, to me, science and technology are humanities disciplines in a broad sense. And, perhaps more contentiously, I regard philosophy and the humanities as forming (or rather, they ought to form!) part of a scientific and technological world view.
I owe the felicitous metaphor of "flying between" to my friend Raven [link temporarily broken] , who has been one of my inspirations for many years now to the balancing act I have mentioned above. My students and colleagues over the years I hope have benefited sometimes from her idiosyncratic wisdom as much as mine, for she and my other friends are a part of my work and the metaphorical fathers of my intellectual children. (I am their mother, for as Plato says, the hard part of intellectual work IS the giving birth!) Throughout these pages and papers you will see bon mots I have collected from many sources. Throughout, I try to live up to how Gene Roddenberry was described by Yvonne Fern:
Please look around these pages, learn and teach about things, and reflect on what you've read.
His voice sounded like tomorrow.I try to show how we can live to build a better future, without losing track of today, and even yesterday.
The game he loved best was being.Existence is a gift. Cherish it. After all, without it, you are quite literally nothing. But have fun, too.
He collected ideas.
This is all philosophy and science and logic and math and technology and ... all are - collections of good ideas. One has to structure them too, but that too is a great idea. Same goes with the wonderful idea of experiment and other, one might say, "practical" ideas.
Then, "if you find the truth, come and tell me". Or not. Use the link to mail me about anything that comes up from this site. I am particularly interested to hear from whoever those folks who keep searching for ' "keith douglas" science philosophy ' are.
The above links are about other, related interests of mine - technology education and technology policy.