I saw this very clever cover for a book on set theory and it got me wondering about good book design in philosophy. Let’s take a few moments to judge books by their covers. Share ones you think are particularly good here (and provide links to images if possible).
Existential Comics covers the Germany v. France game.
The goal by Sokratis in the soccer game between Greece and Costa Rica is sort of like what happens in this scene in Monty Python’s Philosopher’s World Cup (via Kay Mathiesen).
Guillaume Attia is running a philosophy version of the World Cup, in which you can vote for your favorite team.
UPDATE: Philosophy Refe..
Robert Parris Moses “became one of the most influential leaders of the black civil rights movement in the 1960s and afterwards. Martin Luther King called his grassroot organizing an inspiration.” He went to Stuyvesant High School, majored in philosophy at Hamilton College, and earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Harvard. Recently, Paul Jay at The Real News c..
Helen De Cruz has begun a series of posts at NewAPPS collating responses to her interviews of several philosophers who left the academy to pursue careers elsewhere. The careers include software engineers, consultant, television writer, counselor, and others. She writes:
In the course of this week, NewApps will provide an overview of their responses in a series of thr..
Feminist Philosophers has posted an anonymous “open letter” about sexual harassment in philosophy. Part 1 of the letter lists “34 things NOT to say in response to complaints about sexual harassment in philosophy.” Part 2 provides some elaboration and explanation of the list, including what seems to be a central point: “Countering complaints about sexual harassment b..
“Philosophers care too much about deep-sounding meta-questions, instead of sticking to what can be observed and calculated.”
Finally, the deeply depressing critique. Here we see the unfortunate consequence of a lifetime spent in an academic/educational system that is focused on taking ambitious dreams and crushing them into easily-quantified units of productive work..
The Weekly Standard has an article about the sexual misconduct allegations against a well-known professor of moral and political philosophy at Yale (previously). No doubt many readers will agree with author Charlotte Allen that the story has a “dark side.” Yet many may be surprised to learn what that is:
Unfortunately, this story… has a dark side. It is also a st..
Richard Sorabji, emeritus professor of philosophy at King’s College London and Honorary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford (and who has held positions at Cornell, University of Texas, NYU, CUNY, and elsewhere) will be knighted “for services to philosophical scholarship.”
“On occasion, someone will ask you why you’re a philosopher and not a scientist or some other, more obviously respectable, intellectual.”
I don’t know when Bryan Frances wrote “Why I Think Research in Non-Applied, Non-Interdisciplinary, Non-Historical Philosophy is Worthwhile” but now is a pretty good time to read it. It’s not even four pages long.
Peter Ludlow, who had been accused of sexual misconduct with an undergraduate at Northwestern University (previously) is suing the university and some of its officials for defamation, gender discrimination, and invasion of privacy. The suit also mentions a relationship Ludlow had with a philosophy graduate student.
The University acted “with malice and with reckless..
1. Was Nietzsche a transhumanist?
2. Help get Bar Philosophi, “a mixology/craft cocktail bar with drinks inspired by conversation-inducing writers and philosophers” off the ground. (via Erich Hatala Matthes)
3. Eric Winsberg (South Florida) on the difference between an art object and a scientific model.
4. More on the Philosophy of Phish course.
5. Ariel Rubinstein’s (Tel Aviv, NYU Economics) worldwide guide to cafés where you can not only work but think. (via David Grober-Morrow)
6. The Montaigne that Shakespeare read, reviewed.
7. Get Cambridge classicist Mary Beard’s look.
8. “Try the cucumber sandwich,” the Hatter said airily. “It’s wonderful. It doesn’t exist.” “You are a parasite,” Alice said — Ayn Rand’s Alice in Wonderland.
9. The abuse of philosophy (a new series?): Ford Focus Interior Design edition.
We, the undersigned stakeholders in the UCL community and concerned parties-at-large, insist that Professors Michael Arthur (Provost), Jonathan Wolff (Dean of Faculty of Arts & Humanities) and José Zalabardo (Head of Department, Philosophy) intervene to create a permanent, tenure-track position in the Department of Philosophy for Dr. Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman be..
Ryan Reece, a post-doc in experimental particle physics at UC Santa Cruz, likes “carving out philosophical positions with diagrams.” It’s an interesting project, which you can view here. He welcomes comments. (Via David Grober-Morrow.)
Despite including the bullshit phrase, “order of magnitude,” this is useful to keep in mind, especially as one travels the internet, for both the folks who see bullshit and are tempted to respond to it, and f..
Peter Ludlow, who is currently engaged in legal disputes with Northwestern University and its officials regarding alleged sexual misconduct, had been offered a position at Rutgers University in their Department of Philosophy and as director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science. According to news reports, officials at Rutgers said they were not aware of the al..
Massimo Pigliucci doesn’t frame this recent post at his blog as a response to Unger, but…
Now, why on earth did we engage in this, ahem, academic discussion ? Because I wanted to give you a flavor of how philosophy makes progress, and why it isn’t particularly fruitful to compare it with progress in the natural sciences (did you see any systematic observation or ..
The American Philosophical Association has announced the winners of some recent publication prizes. Sally Haslanger has won the 2014 Joseph B. Gittler Award for her Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique.
It’s spring and many colleges and universities have announced, or will soon announce, who has received promotion to associate or full professor. If you have received a promotion in rank during the 2013-2014 year, or you are in a position to make announcements about who in your department has done so, please list that information below.
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The ACLS has wrapped up its awarding of fellowships for the season. Previous posts here have announced the philosophers who have won the various fellowships for faculty (see here and here). The news is that the graduate student winners of the Mellon/ACLS dissertation fellowships have been recently announced. They are:
· Preston Stovall, Doctoral Candidate at the Un..
Tim Crane interviewed John Searle, and all he got was a lousy t-shirt another dimissal of the state of contemporary philosophy: “It’s in terrible shape!” Searle also talks about his influences, discusses his new book on perception, makes what we can charitably call an “opening move” on the topic of human rights, and offers some advice to young philosophers:
1. View many of Routledge’s philosophy books for free, through the end of June.
2. Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) on Tom Burke (South Carolina) on untangling pragmatism.
3. The Singlestate Fallacy: “the erroneous assumption that our ordinary, default mindbody program (aka ‘state of consciousness’) contains all… thinking skills of use to philosophers.”
4. “He’s the chair of my dissertation committee,” I explained. “Not my uterus.”
5. “I shall now appeal to authority by quoting a philosopher who agrees with my premise, thereby wrapping my argument in the wisdom of the ages.” How to argue: a sadly accurate description.
6. The correspondence between Brian Medlin and Iris Murdoch has been published as Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie. Here’s one review.
7. The Limits of Logic — Simon Blackburn, Iain McGilchrist, and Beatrix Campbell at How The Light Gets In.
8. Philosophy PhD starts kids’ clothing company to combat gender stereotypes (via Feminist Philosophers).
9. “Why No One Understands My Genius” and other totally amazing philosophical works by Bryan Frances (Fordham). Do not neglect the descriptions of his current research interests.
10. Ruth Chang on how to make hard choices.
11. Kwame Anthony Appiah on religion.
12. The first issue of Filocracia: An Online Journal of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies is out.
13. A Facebook discussion group for issues related to philosophy and science.
John Brunero, currently associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, has accepted a position with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Philosophy as Robert R. Chambers Distinguished Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Moral Sciences, starting mid-August, 2014. Brunero works on topics in metaethics, practical reason..
Aarti Sabharwal of Virginia was recently named the “Most Philosophical Third Grader in America” as a result of her entry in the national 2014 Kids Philosophy Slam contest. This contest is news to me. From the contest website:
The Kids Philosophy Slam is designed to make philosophy accessible and fun for kids of all ages and abilities, to promote a philosophical d..
1. Is it exploitative or otherwise wrong to travel to Brazil to see the World Cup? Daniel Campos asks what an ethical fan should do.
2. For those continental philosophers who felt immune from Unger’s critique of analytic philosophy,there’s this: “Geuss describes teaching philosophy as ‘a mildly discreditable day job’ largely directed towards churning out the next generation of civil servants and commercial elites… there is little more to be said for the value of philosophical endeavours.”
3. What do counterexamples do? asks Moti Mizrahi (St. John’s University).
4. A new journal, RIDE, takes as its aim to review digital editions of historical and other documents and resources. Check out the editor’s statement and the inaugural issue, which contains a review of Nietzschesource.
5. How cities use design to be inhospitable to the homeless – by Robert Rosenberger (Georgia Tech). (via Robert Long)
6. Wi-Phi philosophy videos and educational service Kahn Academy have teamed up and organized a new site here.
7. Ryan Born, a Georgia State philosophy MA
student graduate [correction], won author Sam Harris’s essay contest on the scientific understanding of morality. Harris responds, and Born follows up, twice, so far. (via Robert Long)
8. A brief article in the Hindustan Times about recently knighted Richard Sorabji shows that all around the world people have a common love of posting shitty comments.
With the advance of certain technologies, we will soon be living in an era in which it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to lie. An app for facial micro-expression recognition—to reveal your interlocutor’s emotions—will soon be available for Google Glass, and another app that makes use of similar technology to distinguish fake from true emotional expres..
These issues have sparked a relatively new area of research among military ethicists known as “moral injury.” It emerges from experiences when “you apply your judgment of right and wrong to an experience and find that your expectations of ‘what is right’ clash jarringly with reality,”
The story of prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was exchanged for five ..
If academic work is to be commodified and turned into a source of profit for shareholders and for the 1 percent of the publishing world, then we should give up our archaic notions of unpaid craft labor and insist on professional compensation for our expertise, just as doctors, lawyers, and accountants do.
This does not mean we would never referee articles free. Jus..