Saturday, July 10, 2021

A few propositions and attitudes about Ancient Troy

Some philosophers think a lot about propositions.  They also think about propsitional attitudes (i.e., attitudes toward propositions, such as trust, distrust, belief, disbelief, etc.)  So, in the follwing exercise, I will list some propositions and my attitudes toward them (attitudes in italic).

Two propositions I am willing to defend on the basis of visual evidence

There is a large mound in front of Hisarlik in the plain of Troy.  

There are three more, much smaller mounds west and southwest of Kalafat, along with two declivities. 


One proposition I believe on the basis of inference from visual and other evidence and would gladly defend

There is probably a large city buried in the plain in front of Hisarlik. 

One proposition I believe on the basis of inference from visual evidence but probably would not defend

The smaller mounds around Kalafat are probably flood control works.  

One proposition that has been known and ignored for way too long

There is a cut through the coastline across from Hisarlik. 

One compund proposition that I believe is sad but true

The cut through the coastline and the plain of Troy have mostly been ignored by archeology.  

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