2015 is drawing to a close. I hope you had a good year.
The year saw Daily Nous’s first birthday (in March) and a number of new features, including:
- Philosophers On Series: group posts consisting of brief remarks by several philosophers on topics of current interest.
- Ought Experiment: the column doling out “personal advice for your academic life,” written by Louie Generis.
- Daily Nous Philosophy Comics with Rachel Katler‘s Ad Hoc, Tanya Kostochka‘s To φ Or Not To φ , Ryan Lake‘s Chaospet, and Peter Mandik‘s Mind Chunks.
- Value of Philosophy Pages: a place online for articles and information about the benefits of studying philosophy.
- New comments system: allows “real-time” conversational commenting
I have a few other ideas in the works for the coming year. Stay tuned.
What were the most popular posts published in 2015 at Daily Nous? With the chance that spots 2 and 3 might switch places in the next couple of days, at the moment, this is the ranking:
- Philosophers On the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling
- Philosophers On Rachel Dolezal
- Philosophers On Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Northwestern and Title IX: What’s Going On
- “Raw Intellectual Talent” and Academia’s Gender and Race Gaps
- Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time
- Philosophers on the Syrian Refugees
- A Database of Philosophical Ideas
- Peter Railton’s Dewey Lecture
- Ruin a Date with a Philosopher in Five Words
Here are some other noteworthy posts and discussions you shouldn’t miss:
- Answers from Academic Publishers — editors from several academic presses answer readers’ questions
- Philosophers and Welders — what happens when politicians hate on philosophers (also here)
- A Closer Look at Philosophy Journal Practices — in response to concerns about unfairness, editors from several philosophy journals describe how they operate
- Philosophers and Depression — philosophers share their experiences with depression and its challenges
- Philosophers on Prostitution’s Decriminalization — philosophers weigh in on the proposal to decriminalize the selling and buying of sex
- Philosophy’s Most Beautiful Sentence or Paragraph — over 100 suggestions
- “Motivational” Posters from Philosophers — demotivational, really
Some other topics occupying philosophers this year:
- Controversy over Heidegger’s anti-semitism and attempts to cover it up (see also here and here)
- Problems with philosophers’ citation practices, here and here
- Academic freedom, culture of fear, trigger warnings, microaggressions, and chill
- Whether there are too many philosophy PhDs: the data, some questions, my view
- Various items related to sexual harassment and assault cases
- Viral philosophy: the dress and the logic problem
What do you think were the important topics and stories this year? What issues should the philosophy profession take up in the coming year?