Check out the Italian Google page for a google doodle marking what would have been the 296th birthday of Italian mathematician and philosopher Maria Gaetana Agnesi. One day only (as with the previous one.)
Last week we introduced Philosophy Tag, with Dana Howard (Ohio State) tagging Daniel Silvermint (Connecticut) for his piece, “Resistance and Well-Being.” That made Silvermint it. Let’s see who he tags:
“Oppression can make us angry, and perhaps even ought to. When defending anger, many will claim that it has instrumental value: for example, helping victims maint..
Dennis McKerlie, a professor of philosophy at University of Calgary, has died. Professor McKerlie worked in moral and political philosophy. His final book, Justice Between the Young and Old, was published by Oxford in 2012. The Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary will be hosting a two-day conference on McKerlie’s work in February, 2015. More detail..
College graduates had double the odds of being engaged at work and three times the odds of thriving in Gallup’s five elements of well-being if they had had “emotional support”—professors who “made me excited about learning,” “cared about me as a person,” or “encouraged my hopes and dreams.” Graduates who had done a long-term project that took a semester or more, who..
Jonathan Jacobs (Saint Louis University), editor of Res Philosophica, has created a blog, Letters from the Editors: Philosophy Journal Editors’ Perspectives on Academic Publishing.
He writes, “We welcome other contributors who are editors (of any rank) of a philosophy journal. We’d welcome nominations, including self-nomination, for contributors. And we’d certainly..
Janice Dowell, associate professor of philosophy at Syracuse University, has won the 2014 Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics for her essay, “Millikan, Methaethics, and Moral Twin Earth”. The award includes $10,000 and publication of the article in Oxford Studies in Metaethics. The Marc Sanders Foundation, which awarded the prize, takes as its mission “to stimulate ren..
1. Jeff Sebo talks about moral status while drawing very fast. And well. Hmmm, maybe he isn’t the one drawing.
2. If privacy is dead, perhaps we should be seeking some obscurity instead? (And here’s an article by the same authors in Wired.)
3. Jesse Prinz, who got his PhD at the University of Chicago, is profiled in the university’s magazine. Relatedly, here is a short video featuring Prinz discussing spirituality.
4. “The goal of philosophy of science is not to answer scientific questions, but to answer questions about science.” Janet Stemwedel (San Jose State) explains philosophy of science over at Scientific American.
5. Adrian Piper’s latest art installation, The Probable Trust Registry, is on display in Manhattan.
6. Recently we asked, “Would you do it over again?” Marcus Arvan takes up the question in a thoughtful post over at Philosopher’s Cocoon.
7. Strategic Misogyny is a new blog that welcomes readers to share their stories of sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault in academia.
8. Dinosaur Comics wades into the ideal/non-ideal theory discussion in political philosophy.
9. Go play in a philosophical ball pit. “Socratic dialogue is encouraged.”
David Armstrong, a philosopher known for his work in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, has died. He had retired from the University of Sydney in 1992, and had previously held appointments at Birkbeck and University of Melbourne, and visiting positions at Yale, Stanford, Franklin and Marshall, University of Texas, and Notre Dame.
UPDATE (5/15/14): In the comme..
1. Elizabeth Anderson discusses the history and varieties of egalitarianism at libertarianism.org.
2. “On Being Annoyed” by Tom Roberts (Exeter). A friend asks: the next “On Bullshit”?
3. I’m not sure how helpful it is to ask “What if Plato was an employee benefits professional?” though I do like Dilbert on this idea.
4. A “lost” video interview of Foucault on themes from his Madness and Civilization.
5. Jonathan Iwry and Micah Kaats (two of Adrienne Martin’s students at U. Penn) rapping about responsibility and emotions.
6. Patrick Lin (Cal Poly) in Wired on the moral problems with driverless cars (via Alexandra King).
7. Video of the sex lives of philosophers. Not that kind of video, perv. It’s a lecture.
8. 8-Bit Philosophy (previously) on Nietzsche and scientism.
9. Can coffee make you more ethical?
10. Panayiota Vassilopoulou (Liverpool) will be exploring “mutual ways in which philosophical reflection and art can transform us” as the first “philosopher-in-residence” at the Bluecoat arts center.
11. National Geographic asked Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to name “Africa’s Greatest Innovators in Arts and Sciences” and Kwame Anthony Appiah made the list.
12. “How To Stop a Wedding.” It’s not philosophy, but it kind of reads like applied just war theory. Includes helpful illustrations.
13. Which came first, the universe or the math? (Bonus Mother’s Day link)
The American Philosophical Association has put together a collection of syllabi for courses that are dedicated in whole or part to underrepresented areas in philosophy. It’s a helpful resource for those looking to develop new courses or augment existing ones.
I am pleased to introduce a new feature here at Daily Nous: Philosophy Tag. Here’s how it works: Philosopher 1 is tagged and becomes it. When you’re it, you have two weeks to do the following: choose an article by another living philosopher, Philosopher 2, that you’ve read and liked; write up your “tag,” including bibliographic information and a description of what ..
Undergraduates at SUNY Buffalo State have formed a Women in Philosophy organization that is credited with increasing women philosophy majors at the school. You can read about the group in this article or at their website.
Below are reports about some recent philosoblogospheric activity. If something philosophical and worth sharing is going on at a blog you read or run, feel free to post about it in the comments.
Aesthetics for Birds received a grant from the American Society for Aesthetics for a redesign of the site that makes it, uh, “readymade” for more aesthetical action. Lots of..
The new policy says that faculty and staff of the state’s six universities, 19 community colleges and six technical colleges may not say anything on social media that would incite violence, disclose confidential student information or release protected data. But it also says staffers are barred from saying anything “contrary to the best interests of the university.”..
Scientific American has published an excerpt from the introduction to The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays, a new collection edited by Elliot Samuel Paul (Columbia) and Scott Barry Kaufman (NYU). In the various contributions, “philosophers draw on scientific research and scientific work is informed by philosophical perspectives.” Paul and Kaufman are two of the..
The 2nd Annual Online Undergraduate Philosophy Conference has begun and will be continuing over the next two weeks, at the rate of one session per day, over at Philosophy TV. The conference is sponsored by the Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values at Coastal Carolina University and the Philosophy Association of UMASS Dartmouth in cooperation with Philosophy TV. ..
Michael Ruse (Florida State) has won the 2014 Bertrand Russell Society Award for exemplifying “the kind of dedication to science and reason that was championed by Bertrand Russell over his long life.” Ruse will accept the award at the Society’s upcoming annual meeting in June.
William MacAskill, Oxford philosophy graduate student and soon-to-be fellow at Emmanuel College at Cambridge University, sits down with Peter Buffett (son of Warren Buffett) to hash out their differences over philanthropy.
1. Does the formal modeling of game theory teach us anything new? Here is a list of some counterintuitive findings, suggesting that the answer is Yes.
2. The University of Oregon has a new academic-freedom policy, and it isn’t just for faculty.
3. The New York Times has a short “op-doc” on lawyer Steven Wise’s efforts to get animals recognized as rights-bearers.
4. Philosophers of time: here are some infographics on a few movie and tv time travel plots. Of course there are also these charts for the brain-twisting movie Primer.
5. Some criticisms of “trigger warnings” on syllabi.
6. “What’s the value of these potions on the open market?” — if Ayn Rand wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
7. Gregg Caruso and Neil Levy appear on Philosophy TV to discuss the relationship between consciousness and moral responsibility.
8. Tile, the tiny plastic tag you can attach to your keys or slip into your crush’s bag and then track using an app on your phone, has started shipping. Should you be freaked out?
9. This bunch may need help. I will leave it to you to decide what that means in this context.
1. I’ll have the Frege Legs with Russell Sprouts, please.
2. Steven Nadler on the Jewish ban of Spinoza and the relation between wisdom and orthodoxy.
3. A multi-author forum on privacy and the framework for a “digital bill of rights.”
4. Are you more utilitarian in a foreign language?
5. Science Magazine’s special issue on the science of inequality.
6. Want to guest blog on the metaphysics of love?
7. Michael Sandel: Public Philosopher — the BBC Podcast Series.
8. Can we learn about social media from Dostoevsky?
9. The fox and the hedgehog. For reals. (via MR)
10. The head of Japan’s central bank, Haruhiko Kuroda, does a little philosophy on the side.
11. The art of live-blogging philosophy.
12. What kind of person who believes Marxism explains Buzzfeed are you?
13. What should you do with the things you value most? (via @JonnyGeller)
Samuel Newlands (Notre Dame), L. A. Paul (North Carolina), and Michael Rea (Notre Dame) have won a grant of $4.8 million from the Templeton Foundation for a three-year interdisciplinary project on the nature of experience. The project explores the nature and implications of transformative experiences, the character of religious and spiritual experiences, and how wor..
I’ve had many opportunities to use my philosophy degree to home in on what one politician or another was saying and to find the flaw in their logic and ask them to explain it.
Tamara Keith, NPR’s White House correspondent, majored in philosophy and recently returned to her alma mater, Berkeley, to speak to graduating philosophy majors there. Story here.
1. A Henry David Thoreau tumblr.
2. “Jean-Paul Sartre was literally obsessed with crabs. Also, mescaline.” That and other weird facts about some famous existentialists.
3. What can you do with a philosophy degree? Conduct secret negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC guerillas, for one. Meet Sergio Jaramillo Caro, Colombia’s high commission for peace and holder of an M.Phil in philosophy from Cambridge. (via Daniel Levine)
4. “Does Anything Really Matter or Did We Just Evolve to Think So?” — an intro text version of Sharon Street‘s evolutionary argument against moral realism.
5. What Disney’s Frozen is really about.
6. Why “queer” cases are important for the metaphysics of love.
7. “A Theory of Boardroom Justice.” Something tells me Jerry Cohen would not have been surprised.
8. Follow your dreams or develop the technology to control them? While you wait for the latter, some tips.
9. Eating cheese and death by bedsheet tangle: for the next time you need to teach your students that correlation does not imply causation.
10. A philosopher’s proposal for how to get politicians to take the interests of future generations more seriously.
11. “In the other room, the puzzle is all together, but they keep flipping in just one piece at a time” — director David Lynch on the formation of ideas, in a short video excerpt from an interview. It may resonate with some philosophers.
Last week we discussed whether some anonymous accusations of sexual impropriety against a prominent philosopher were mere gossip or rather were issues for the profession to deal with. Someone claiming to be the same author has now elaborated on the allegations, providing not just details on claims made previously, but also new accusations regarding sexual violence a..
How deeply we are lost! So deep that we do not know we are lost. How derelict we are! So great that we do not know our dereliction.
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In an infinite universe, there will be a faraway planet with a suburb just like this one. And there will be you and I talking, looking up at the stars.
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The madness of..
A post at Lewis Gordon’s website about Bruce Kuklick’s book on William Fontaine, an African-American philosopher who taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1947-1967, has been making the rounds on social media lately.
William Thomas Fontaine was born on December 2, 1909, in Chester, Pennsylvania. An alumnus of the historic black institution Lincoln University..
Laurence Goldstein, a professor of philosophy at the University of Kent, has died. Before joining the department at Kent, Goldstein had held appointments at the University of Hong Kong as well as the Universities of Auckland, Cape Town, Glasgow, St. Andrews, Swansea, and Washington. He specialized in philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, and Wittgenstein. The..