Is philosophy hot? Following the commercial success of The Good Place, a television sitcom on NBC with a moral philosophy professor as one of its main characters (which, by the way, recently featured a discussion of Jonathan Dancy’s moral particularism, not to mention a re-enactment of part of the trolley problem), the network will be releasing A.P. Bio.
Philosophy, of all disciplines, should never embrace dogmas—it is supposed to be the quintessentially critical subject—and yet now we’re full to the brim with them. You cannot criticize or even question the current orthodoxies regarding race, gender, or sexual orientation within the institutional framework of academic philosophy.
Richard Feldman, professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester and former dean of the university’s College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, will be interim President of the University of Rochester, beginning in March, 2018. (more…)
Lynne Rudder Baker, Distinguished Professor Emerita in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has died. (more…)
Brian Leftow, currently Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oriel College, Oxford University, has accepted a position at Rutgers University as the William P. Alston Chair for the Philosophy of Religion and director of the Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion. (more…)
In a new interview at What Is It Like To Be A Philosopher?, Carrie Jenkins, professor of philosophy and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, and author of the recent What Love Is, discusses her life and work. A question from interviewer Cliff Sosis (Coastal Carolina) prompts some comments on philosophy’s traditions and borders. (more…)
Heather Douglas, currently associate professor of philosophy and holder of the Waterloo Chair in Science and Society at the University of Waterloo, has accepted a position as associate professor of philosophy at Michigan State University. (more…)
When 18th-Century philosopher Jeremy Bentham made arrangements for his head and skeleton to be preserved, clothed, and available for display at University College London, it was because he thought that the human body should be (more…)
The following is an obituary for philosopher Eileen O’Neill, who died last week, by Christia Mercer, the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and Director of the new Center for New Narratives of Philosophy, which is itself motivated by Eileen O’Neill’s work. (more…)
Paul C. Taylor, currently professor of philosophy and African American studies, as well as associate dean of undergraduate studies, at Penn State, has accepted a position as W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. (more…)
Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University, has been named chair of the judges for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the world’s most well-known literary awards. (more…)
Helen Beebee (Manchester) and Heather Widdows (Birmingham) have co-authored an essay at IAI, “Weinstein, Westminster, and Philosophy: Structures of Abuse,” on the recent spate of accounts of sexual harassment and assault. (more…)
The American Philosophical Association (APA) has announced that the first winner of its Israel Scheffler Prize in Philosophy of Education is Jennifer Morton, assistant professor of philosophy at City College of New York. (more…)
Patrick Tomlin, currently associate professor of political philosophy in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading, will be taking up a position as reader in philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick. (more…)
Retraction Watch has posted an article on Amélie Oksenberg Rorty‘s use of a pseudonym and recent correction notices issued by the University of California Press regarding two chapters she wrote. (more…)
Piper studied philosophy as an undergraduate at City College of New York and as a graduate student at Harvard, obtaining her PhD in 1981. She has written on moral philosophy, aesthetics, Kant..
The latest interview at What Is It Like To Be A Philosopher? is with Rebecca Tuvel, assistant professor of philosophy at Rhodes College. Clifford Sosis (Coastal Carolina) asks Professor Tuvel a range of questions, including several about her article in Hypatia, “In Defense of Transracialism,” and the controversy surrounding it. (more…)
Onora O’Neill, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge and member of the House of Lords, has won the 2017 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture, a $1 million prize awarded by the Berggruen Institute as one of the programs of its Philosophy and Culture Center. (more…)
Ken Chung, a philosopher who taught at Western University, Ryerson University, the University of Guelph-Humber, and at Trent University, died this past Wednesday. He was 39 years old. (more…)
Samir Chopra, a professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College and City University of New York (CUNY), is among faculty and students being slandered as “terrorist supporters” by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a rightwing, anti-Muslim organization. (more…)
Q: How do you feel about Trump’s performance thus far? Is this what you expected?
A: I’m very pleased with his performance. (more…)
Lodi Nauta, professor of philosophy at the University of Groningen, has been named a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. The knighthood is a Dutch order of chivalry that is mainly used to recognize achievement in the arts, science, sport and literature. (more…)
Work on problems that really interest you. Cross train. Be competent in multiple disciplines and methods. Don’t be afraid to start draft/writing before you know all that there is to know. Publish well. Use social media cautiously. Don’t think you will be an exception to standard rules because of your race or color. A woman does not get tenure because she been a hard..