A new study is underway to learn about the relationship between personality and reasoning among philosophers. (more…)
Local intellectual traditions, the guidance of key people, a strong institutional infrastructure, a straightforward style of writing, and the fruitfulness of a of philosophical outlook, all under the protection of geographical distance and the technological limitations of the time, are part of the complicated story of how Australian philosophers came to have an “out..
Using data from the PhilPapers Surveys, Quentin Ruyant, a post-doc at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has created a map showing the correlation of positions held by philosophers on different philosophical topics. (more…)
Five years ago Daily Nous came into existence, joining the amorphous and still growing collection of websites known as the philosophy blogosphere.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society, an academic organization that recognizes academic achievement and promotes education, runs a program by which undergraduates at different institutions across the United States can “spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars.” (more…)
Happy Valentine’s Day, philosofriends! (more…)
What philosophy and academic news and issues preoccupied philosophers in 2018? (more…)
Seth Lazar, associate professor of philosophy at Australian National University (ANU), is leading an interdisciplinary project on machine intelligence that just received a funding commitment from its university of AUD$1.65 million (US$1.17 million) per year for up to five years. (more…)
Happy Halloween! If well-known philosophers were to dress up for Halloween in what they’d think are scary costumes, what would their costumes be? (more…)
The British Academy, an organization which, among other things, selects scholars in the humanities and social sciences as “fellows” to recognize their academic distinction, has included a number of philosophers as members of its 2018 cohort. (more…)
Which philosophers have names that reflect what they study and write about? (more…)
J. Adam Carter and Neil McDonnell, both faculty in philosophy at the University of Glasgow, have received funding from the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to partner with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create a new doctoral studentship. (more…)
“If philosophers are serious about improving the way their journals function, they need to consider not only how to improve the mechanics of the reviewing process, but also how to improve the way they criticize one another.”
“Our goal is to create a repository of semantic maps for a large range of philosophers and freely share those maps with anyone who’s interested,” says philosopher Mark Alfano (Delft University of Technology and Australian Catholic University). But he needs your help. (more…)
“There’s something especially absurd about philosophers.”
Instead of gauging progress by asking what “we” philosophers agree about, one should ask whether someone who wants to do philosophy is in a better position to do so today than she would’ve been 10 or 100 or 1000 years ago? The answer is: certainly. (more…)
Christopher Smeenk, associate professor of philosophy at Western University, and James Weatherall, professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have been awarded a $1.37 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for their project, “New Directions in Philosophy of Cosmology.”
What are the most significant challenges facing philosophy of science today? Nick Zautra, a PhD student in the history and philosophy of science at Indiana University Bloomington, interviewed 30 philosophers of science over the past two years, asking them this question, and presented a summary of their answers at the recent 2018 Philosophy of Science Association (PS..
The European Commission (EC), which proposes and administers European Union (EU) law and policy, has created a new High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, the aim of which is to advise on the crafting and implementation of the EU’s strategy on artificial intelligence. (more…)
If I knew then what I know now, I certainly would’ve “decided” to become a philosopher. But back when I was working my way here, I didn’t really know what a philosopher was, or why one would want to be one. I didn’t have the materials for making the relevant decision—and by the time I did, I was already a philosopher.
“The ‘me’ culture has colonized philosophy.”
Marcy Lascano and Jason Raibley, currently professors of philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, have both accepted senior positions in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. (more…)
The following is a guest post* by Maks Sipowicz, a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Monash University (whom you can follow on Twitter: @m_sipowicz ). A version of the post first appeared on his blog, Philosophy After Dark (which you can follow on Facebook). (more…)