Mini-Heap


The links keep piling up! Here’s the latest Mini-Heap: 10 recent items from the frequently updated Heap of Links, collected here for your convenience and numbered for easy discussion.

If you have suggestions for the Heap of Links, please send ’em in.

  1. Which students study the most? — philosophy majors are third on the list
  2. “A Columbia classmate… challenged Danaher to a bout in the philosophy department. [He] locked the door, grabbed him in a headlock, and threw him to the ground…” — how a grad student in philosophy became a master of Brazilian jujitsu (via Paul Bloom)
  3. “Kant is even wondering if suicide, which he definitively considered wrong under any circumstances… might not be justified in the Age of Trump” — famous philosophers on the current US president (via @Twhite92Boone)
  4. The ontological argument — for the existence of Batman
  5. A philosophical novel based on Descartes’ Meditations — and the story behind it
  6. “The self comes into being with the first act of attention” — Carolyn Dicey Jennings (UC Merced) on the possibility of a substantive self
  7. “Is that your philosophy of life?” “No.” Sigh.
  8. What’s wrong with a new book about the history of libertarian ideas — besides the history itself
  9. Thoreau’s neighbors — Walden as refuge for outcasts
  10. A primer on Althusser — via an interview with William Lewis (Skidmore)
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Chris
Chris
3 years ago

Not exactly sure what “work hours” are, but if you look at page 32 of the HEPI pdf it tells a different story about workload by field. Philosophy is much nearer to the bottom.

http://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-Student-Academic-Experience-Survey-Final-Report.pdfReport

BW
BW
3 years ago

Further evidence for what I had thought for years; philosophy is one of the hardest subjects there is to study. That is, the most intellectually taxing/challenging. The article states that bizarrely second and third place isn’t occupied by medics, lawyers, dentists, or engineers, but I don’t find it bizarre at all that history and philosophy occupy those spots instead. Consistent with my own beliefs, history is probably the second most difficult subject from the humanities to study. Also, communications and business last? Sounds about right. I don’t think this list is too far off the mark. Report