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February 2016


Altmetrics in Philosophy

An article on assessing faculty activities in The Chronicle of Higher Education (mainly on the controversy concerning the services of Academic Analytics) notes the question of how schools should calculate and weigh the impact of academics’ research in the news, online contexts and social media:

Some say the next faculty-productivity battlefield might be altmetric..

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Philosophy References in Pop Music

Checking out Poison Season by Destroyer this past weekend I came across the following lyric in “Sun in the Sky“:

Tender is the night
That sweeps us up in its folly
I left my keys on the kite
And my violin on the trolley

Violin and trolley? That’s no coincidence. I looked up the band and it turns out frontman Dan Bejar was a philosophy major before he drop..

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Philosophers in Fictional Works

James Andow (Reading) has been compiling a list of philosophers in fiction, including novels, films, plays, etc. He says:

For no reason in particular, I thought it would be nice to have a list of fictional works in which one of the main characters is an academic philosopher. The rules are somewhat arbitrary. I am prepared to be flexible as to what counts as ficti..

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