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- John Locke’s complicated relationship with slavery — “attention to historical context matters,” argues Holly Brewer (Maryland)
- Philosophy is “thinking about precisely the kinds of things that ordinary people think about all the time, without distraction” — a journalist reflects on lessons learned about philosophy from Stanley Cavell (via Daniel Brunson)
- Santa Barbara City College settles with philosophy prof accused of harassment — Mark McIntire will receive $120,000 from the school
- Hiring in philosophy is “not a matter of giving out awards for philosophical worthiness” — it’s about a department trying to solve problems or meet goals, argues Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame)
- In 2014, hundreds of political scientists signed a petition *opposing* greater data transparency — has the field made any progress since?
- The coddling of the “heterodox” professor — add some facts and subtract some bias, and the central thesis of the Lukianoff-Haidt book gets turned upside down (via Tamsin Shaw). (related)
- “A college—the very place devoted to complex, contextualized consideration of the most challenging questions facing human beings—is the place where a simplified memorial makes the least sense” — Steven Miller (Ripon College) on campus 9/11 memorials
- “An uncomfortable feeling follows from knowing that one has enjoyed the work of a vicious person.” Why? — Nate Sheff (Connecticut) takes a stab at the question
- When the reasonable people drop out of online discussions — “that can’t be good,” says David Sobel (Syracuse), even if it may be reasonable
- “There’s little research on our reception of work such as ‘Artist’s Shit,'” but that is changing — Paul Bloom (Yale) discusses some recent work on the psychology, science, and philosophy of modern art
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