Talk:Mark de Bretton Platts

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Deletion issue[edit]

Apparently it has been proposed that Mark Platts doesn't meet Wikipedia's notability guidelines for academics. However, there are several reasons not to delete this entry, including ones that show that Platts does meet the notability criteria:

  1. At least some of Platts's work has been highly influential. For example, Michael Smith discusses his work at length in his influential book The Moral Problem (1994), which won the Book Prize of the American Philosophical Association in 2000.[1] A quick glance at Google Scholar shows that Platts's book, Ways of Meaning (1979/1997) has been cited by many prominent philosophers, such as Simon Blackburn, Philip Pettit, William Lycan, Christopher Peacocke, and Ernest Lepore---to name a few.[2] A prominent philosopher, Peter Ludlow, writes of Platts's (1979/1997) book: "This is the book that turned on a generation of philosophers of language—turned them on to the Davidsonian program, that is ... More than that, he surveyed a number of natural language constructions, showing how they could be handled in such a framework, and thereby mapping out the landscape of what has since become a full-blown philosophical research program."[3] As it's stated in the entry, Platts is at least well-known for his criticisms of the Humean theory of motivation and is considered an "Anti-Hueman" (along with philosophers like John McDowell). This issue has generated a large body of research in the late 20th century.
  2. He has also won several prizes for his academic work, such as the Henry Wilde Prize (in 1969) and the John Locke Prize (in 1971) from Oxford University.
  3. In addition to his impact as an academic, this Wikipedia entry also serves as a valuable resource because information about Platts can be difficult to find. This is for two main reasons:
    1. he sometimes publishes using his full name (Mark de Bretton Platts), but sometimes the shortened version (Mark Platts), and
    2. he is currently at a non-English-speaking university (in Mexico), so his profile---which is nearly the only place on the Internet with information on him---is not easy to find, since it's in Spanish.

Thus, I'm removing the deletion proposal tag. -- Jaymay (talk) 22:32, 28 September 2008 (UTC)


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