Meaning in Gibberish: In Defence of Deep Bullshit

A paper I wrote roughly a year ago, toward the end of my 2019 Laidlaw summer research project, has been published in Aporia today! The paper is called Meaning in Gibberish: In Defence of Deep Bullshit and is a spirited vindication of profound sounding nonsense. Sound unintuitive? Give it a read. 📖

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Tom Burdge

Founder, Researcher and Podcast Host,

I am the founder of where I currently host podcasts with expert guests in Buddhist philosophical practice and theory. With this project, I am to contribute toward correcting the entrenched Eurocentric bias in philosophy by creating an inclusive space for learning about Buddhist philosophy. As a Laidlaw Scholar, I have researched on researched philosophy of time, Buddhist philosophy, and philosophy of language. My research output includes a paper entitled Meaning in Gibberish (forthcoming in Aporia). I have presented this paper and discussed related issues in talks and workshops at the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. Language learning holds a high in priority in my studies and research. I have studied some Pali (OCBS levels 1 and 2) and I read French fluently. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any interest in the following: Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, Ambedkar studies, women and Buddhist philosophy, cross-cultural philosophy, critical theory, French philosophy, Laruelle’s non-philosophy, non-Buddhism, philosophy of nonsense, philosophy of death.


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over 1 year ago

This sounds incredibly interesting! I can't wait to read this. Congrats on the publication and I love the bio!