The job-seeking process in philosophy is, to put it politely, generally long and drawn out and tiring and discouraging and costly and anxiety-ridden, a perfect storm of stress, self-doubt, and probably a bunch of other things that start with ‘s’ (no suggestions in the comments about that, please). What can those on the hiring side of the table do to make things bett..
There are a number of interesting videos of philosophy lectures collected on the Royal Institute of Philosophy’s Youtube Channel, including the annual lecture, this past year given by David Chalmers, entitled “Why Isn’t There More Progress In Philosophy?“
As I noted last week, a petition was started, calling for the APA to create a “Code of Conduct and Statement of Professional Ethics for the Academic Discipline of Philosophy.” Meanwhile, Amy Ferrer, executive director of the APA, responded, saying that the matter will be considered at an upcoming meeting of the APA board of officers, and that it is currently APA pol..
If you thought that Andrew Stephenson’s diagram of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason was wild, wait until you see this interactive wheel depicting Hegel’s Science of Logic. If anyone knows who created this, let me know and I will update this post accordingly. (via David Pereplyotchik, Kent State University)
In honor of International Women’s Day the American Philosophical Association is seeking to raise $10,000 to support the work of its Committee on the Status of Women. Read more about the initiative here.
There has been quite a bit of talk lately regarding speaking out about problems in the profession. This prompted one reader to send in the following request:
I would appreciate a post that invites suggestions, concrete suggestions, about how a woman who has been sexually assaulted or harassed might actually speak out. This includes women who have been harassed/assau..
Perhaps you know how to solve the mind-body problem, or how to prove that eternalism is (and always has been) true, or even which dinner party rules can be known a priori. But do you know which philosophers have appeared in which movies? Or which philosophical claims are linked to which couples of philosophers? Or which nasty line from a philosophical book review wa..
A team at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown (disclosure: my graduate alma mater), is putting together a massive open online course, or MOOC, on Bioethics, set to go live next month. In the meanwhile, they are maintaining a site about their efforts, which includes various posts on the making of the course, relevant data about MOOCs, and considerations of ..
UPDATE: There have been concerns expressed about the accuracy and completeness of this report. Comments are open.
Mars One is a crowdfunded space exploration project that plans on sending humans to Mars. The trip is one-way, and after they have arrived the explorers will be expected to set up their own rules of governance and social organization. While the spirit of exploration and experimentation is admirable, certain ethical, legal, and political questions arise. These have b..
And only two of them are employed in philosophy departments, according to UCL philosopher Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman, writing in the The Times Higher Education Supplement on bias, stereotype threat, and philosophy’s general neglect of the issue of race.
UPDATE (3/20/2014): Here is the audio from “Why Isn’t My Professor Black?”, a panel discussion on March 10th a..
Broadview Press is publishing a new version of the strangely-little-known-yet-intensely-loved-minor-philosphical-classic The Grasshopper, by Bernard Suits. This edition, its third, retains the introduction from the second by Thomas Hurka and reunites the text with the original illustrations by Frank Newfeld. The book answers Wittgenstein’s view that there is no sati..
Historian David M. Perry takes on the consumer model of college education in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Faculty Members Are not Cashiers.”
The Chicago Reader sums up some of the latest news on the sexual assault allegations surrounding Northwestern University philosophy professor Peter Ludlow. The article includes a few brief excerpts from an interview the author conducted with the student.
Ted Cohen, a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, has died. Professor Cohen worked mainly in aesthetics, the history of aesthetics, and on some topics in the philosophy of language. He is especially known for his work on metaphor and the philosophy of humor, including his 1999 book, Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters.
Sara Bernstein (D..
If you were to rank undergraduate majors by average IQ, where would philosophy majors be on that list? Here is one such list, with IQ and SAT scores. I have no clue as to its methodology, but it has philosophy majors near the top. If accurate, it may cut against some claims often made about the benefits of majoring in philosophy.
It’s Friday, and it is apparently a slow news day in the world of philosophy, so let’s make some fun. The Philosopher App Store is an idea some FB friends and I had a good time with several months back. At the time, one of them said, “someone needs to to post this on a blog.” Who am I to disagree? Here are some of my contributions from the first iteration of the sto..
I have received lots of advice from friends about the blog, including “get a life.” Turns out this is easier said than done, since defining “life” is notoriously tricky. See this post at Scientific American for some of the problems nailing down the concept, and for further discussion, check out this special issue of Synthese.
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Leigh Johnson and Edward Kazarian discuss “tone” in recent discussions about issues in the profession over at NewApps. The post, as well as the ensuing discussion, are worth a read. So is the last paragraph of this.
The APA has released its 2013 Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy, and Andrew Carson at Philosophy News helpfully breaks down the information in a couple of reports, one on degrees awarded and time to degree, the other on attrition and placement. A few things to note: participation in the guide was voluntary and some schools did not participate, the data is sel..
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a new look. Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Colin Allen, the SEP’s associate editor, has been working on a research tool called InPho, which maps out philosophical ideas, thinkers, and journals.
Carolyn Dicey Jennings over at NewApps has invited other blogs to link directly to the Google docs for entering and displaying information about who got which jobs–not just tenure-track jobs, but post-docs and visiting assistant professorships, too. Thanks, Carolyn! If you have accepted an offer or have hired someone, you can enter that information here. To see who..
William Harper, a philosopher at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University (London, Ontario), and one of the few philosophers (I’m assuming) to have an asteroid named after him, is the recipient of the 2014 Patrick Suppes Prize in Philosophy of Science. The philosophy of science prize, which includes a $10,000 honorarium, is awarded once every three y..
This informative and well-designed poster illustrates the work habits and daily routines of a number of famous “creatives,” including Kant. If it is to be believed, Kant wrote from 6-7am. Wait, what? One hour a day? Well if you add up enough days…
How about philosophers today? When do you typically get your writing done? Answer in the poll below, picking the on..
1. A philosophy undergrad reflects on anxiety and racial stereotypes in philosophy teaching (via Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins, who shares her thoughts on the post here.)
2. At North Idaho College, the philosophy club arranged an event at which “impassioned students met with faculty to discuss the possibility of adding three classes into the curriculum.” The meeting and some of the issues surrounding it are reported in this article in the student newspaper. The article is nothing special, written with the kind of focused earnestness that is used as a comical device in publications like The Onion, and on the face of it this is a story that seems like it would be of interest only to the people who are mentioned in it. But there are some elements here that suggest there is a larger cultural story to be told. First, the students care enough about the philosophy curriculum to put on a meeting about it with the faculty. Second, where is this happening? Not at the kind of institution of higher learning you likely would imagine, but at a regional community college, which certainly cuts against stereotype! Third, there is the question of the relationship between 2- and 4-year institutions and the extent to which the latter should accept credit for philosophy coursework at the former.
3. But if it can wait, isn’t it in the future, and so…?
4. Daniel Fincke, the former philosophy adjunct who left academia to start his own philosophy enterprise, provides a lengthy response to God Is Not Dead, the new movie starring Kevin Sorbo as a caricature of a philosophy professor, set in an alternative world in which theists are oppressed for their beliefs. David Kyle Johnson, a philosopher at King’s College, provides another review of the movie in Psychology Today.
5. Product design gone wrong. Or, a visual lesson in how to appreciate the ordinary. I love the wine glass. And the broom.
6. A defense of studying philosophy in The Wall Street Journal, which you probably cannot access because it is currently behind a paywall and you are a philosopher.
7. Reflections on creativity, loneliness, power, and cooperation–in Minecraft and other video games.
8. This week’s best headline with the word “philosophy” in it: “Star Horse Trainer of ‘Walking Dead’ Fame Brings His Philosophy to North Georgia Ranch“.
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“Yes, I see him, trapped, floating helplessly on the surface of the broth, spinning slowly near the vortex left by your quickly withdrawn spoon, much as humanity rides atop the surface of life, unable to escape its predicament yet unwilling to dive in and explore it, instead knocked about by uncomprehended forces, heads set spinning by God’s hasty retreat, mere obse..