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..
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 ..
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 ch..
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..
Prisoners who are subjected to solitary confinement show symptoms and describe a phenomenology that is not equivalent to either autism or induced autism, but reflect similar motor problems, and often times more extensive and serious disruptions of experience. Guenther (2013), looking at the phenomenology associated with solitary confinement, describes it as becomin..
Unger declares not once, but twice during the interview that he “knew, but didn’t want to know” that Wittgenstein was right about philosophy. Yet, despite this, he went on “churning” out the papers. Unger does not say what this entails about the institution of professional philosophy with its incentives and privileges for those that don’t want to know; the silencing..
Peter Unger’s new book and recent interview have been in the philosonews a lot lately. Meanwhile, in a nearby possible world…
To start things off, could you say a bit about your book Empty Ideas, and what it’s about?
Scientists easily get the idea that somehow or other, just by considering things about the world that they glean from observation and experiment..
An office block from the 1950s built atop David Hume’s house is being demolished, and historians are hoping to find Hume’s wine cellar underneath. “He was a famous chef and prided himself on his cooking and he had a famous wine cellar,” historian Mike Turnbull says. Who knows what else will be, uh, exhumed from the site?
1. Don’t call your college students “kids,” says Sean A. Valles (Michigan State).
2. Jakob Hohwy (Monash), who works in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology, and is the author of The Predictive Mind, is guest-blogging at Brains this week.
3. A thought experiment shows that the psychological arrow of time hooks up with the thermodynamic arrow of time and provides..
Reading Quine’s “Two Dogmas”? You’re doing it all wrong, says Hilary Putnam.
Philosophers easily get the idea that somehow or other, just by considering things about the world that they already know, they can write up deep stories which are true, or pretty nearly true, about how it is with the world. By that I especially mean the world of things that includes themselves, and everything that’s spatio-temporally related to them, or anything th..
The railway strike in France has entered its sixth day, risking making students late for the philosophy portion of the baccalauréat exam.
the timing of this strike, reaching into the baccalauréat week, is also a public-relations risk. Every June, as part of a national ritual, over half a million school-leavers sit down to take the first bac exams. For half of them,..
The sixth and final installment of The Conversation‘s “Biology and Blame” series is up, and it is on cognitive enhancement. Nicole Vincent (Georgia State) and Emma Jane (UNSW Australia) raise some worries.
Philosophy professor Sharon Kaye (John Carroll University) is featured in this Inside Higher Ed article on using thought experiments in the classroom.
Gary Gutting.: You obviously don’t see scientific cosmology as supporting any case for theism. You also think that it refutes theistic religions’ claiming that the primary purpose of God’s creation is the existence of human beings. What, finally, is your view about the minimal theistic view that the universe was created by an intelligent being (regardless of its pur..
Modeled on the well-populated site, Women of Philosophy, a group of philosophers are creating a number of other databases, starting with one for Latina/Latino or Hispanic philosophers. Elizabeth Anderson, Tina Fernandes Botts, Ruth Chang, Sally Haslanger, and Manuel Vargas explain the initiative in a letter posted at Feminist Philosophers.
It was (perhaps) a dark and stormy night, back in the 1950s, when the multi-colored glass panels depicting 24 philosophers were removed from the dome atop Normal Hall at Indiana State University, many broken in the process. No photographs of the dome have been found, and no definitive list of the 24 philosophers is in existence. Now ISU is hoping to restore the dome..
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’..
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.
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..
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..
Hasan Azad, a PhD student in religious studies at Columbia, takes to the pages of Al Jazeera to ask, “why are there no Muslim philosophers?” Or rather, “To what extent can Muslims think as Muslims within the academy without being deemed too Muslim, and to what extent must their thought be made to conform to Western paradigms of thought?”
We face a situation where the A Level Philosophy may soon no longer exist such that we can continue to lament its supposed flaws and where the general perception of the subject amongst exam boards including but not limited to AQA is one of toxicity bordering on viciousness.
An article in The Philosophers Magazine details some of the problems facing the pre-universit..
We’ve all heard Stephen Hawking claim that philosophy is dead because philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. And we’ve all concluded from this that Stephen Hawking’s ideas about philosophy are dead, because he has not kept up with modern developments in philosophy. One wonders when he last read any philosophy of science.
Now we have a pa..
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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