1. Compared to the shaped charges contrived by versifiers, even the best prose is scattershot.

    The Fire of Life by Richard Rorty - Poetryfoundation.org.

    Via Nigel Warburton’s blog, Philosophy Bites.

  2. A useful collaboration is on the way, reports Jonathan Gray of the Open Knowledge Foundation:

    A little while ago I posted some ideas for a project called OpenPhilosophy.org, which would enable users to transcribe, translate, annotate and create collections of philosophical texts which have entered the public domain.

    As was announced last week on this blog, the project has secured some funding from JISC, who champion digital technology for use in higher education in the UK. The project will be a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, the University of Oxford and the Open Knowledge Foundation. It will also involve students and staff at other institutions in the UK and further afield.

    Nigel Warburton is on the advisory board. Read more here

  3. New works by Ludwig Wittgenstein — original manuscripts of more than 150,000 words, which, until now, were unheard of except, at best, as rumour or speculation — have been discovered and are being edited for publication by Cambridge.

    The manuscripts include a revised and expanded version of The Brown Book, dictated lecture notes, a series of thousands of math calculation exploring “Fermat’s Little Theorem” that physically stretch 20 feet, an unnamed 60-page manuscript, and what may be the rumoured “Yellow Book” or “Pink Book,” a narrative with illustrations written in an exercise book during his time in Norway.