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June 2014

Robert Parris Moses Interview (Famous Philosophy Majors)

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..


Sorabji to be Knighted

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.”


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.


Philosophy in Figures

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.)


John Searle Assesses and Advises

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:

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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.


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 moralityHarris 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.