Hi Craig: Yeah, unfortunately, you're right that these exchanges fly right out the window and through the night at times. There are some pretty heavy thinkers on the list, like Walt, Neil, and Martin. You might not be reading this, but maybe someone else is: Ask a basic point of clarification from time to time. Maybe someone who isn't actively pursuing the latest, high-flown debate will come back with an explanation of what's going on. Or maybe one of the high-flyers will take a respite and deign to answer you themselves! In any case, there are some distance learning philosophy courses that are excellent. One is offered by the University of London: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/prospective_students/undergraduate/birkbeck/philosophy/index.shtml There is a Diploma, which is a basic, approximately 2-year program. And the other is a BA degree that takes about five years. It's rather remote and lonely, and there's no interaction with the professors, but there's very detailed guidance through suggested readings, sample questions, past exams, and the examiners' exam reports. Thanks & best of luck! --Ron --- On Tue, 9/21/10, Craig T. Spratt <ctspratt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: From: Craig T. Spratt <ctspratt@xxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [quickphilosophy] thanks To: quickphilosophy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 7:06 AM Given the press of work, and because the comments you folks make are generally not all that clear to me because you are writing are at level of much greater familiarity with the history of the philosophy of language, and I am still working on getting a broad acquaintance with different types of philosophy, I will be exiting the back door of the group. I am happy to have had contact with the Fodor article. I have Psychosemantics on my shelf, and though it is not the next thing I’ll read, it is probably closer to the top than before I read the article. I’ll be getting back to my list of moral philosophy books (Kant, Schopenhauer, G.E. Moore, etc., and then perhaps Liebniz (Rescher’s annotated student’s edition of Monadology). Lycan’s Intro to the Philosophy of Language is on my short list. But it’ll take more than that to allow me to follow your comments without breaking down in the middle. So sayonara and best wishes.