Over at Rationally Speaking, Massimo Pigliucci has tendered a gracious apology to me—and to others—for “making remarks about motives and character that had no logical connection to the substance of the arguments being discussed.” Indeed, I sometimes took umbrage at his attitude, especially his accusations that I was naive, uncredentialed, and unqualified to discuss philosophy.
But never mind. It’s very nice of Massimo to make this gesture, and of course I accept his apology. I too, will try to temper my stridency (at least toward him!), and to stick purely to the arguments at hand. It’s inevitable that we’ll have further disagreement, but we both recognize that what’s important in such discussions are not the personalities or the credentials, but the ideas.