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New links of interest to those interested in philosophy…

  1. “Imagine volunteering for a challenge study and the very worst happens: you die… What conditions would need to be in place for you or your family to conclude that you had been treated fairly?” — Carl Elliott (Minnesota) in the NYRB
  2. Is Schopenhauer the philosopher for our times? — well, at least The New York Times — with remarks from Agnes Callard, Tamsin Shaw, and others
  3. Two former philosophy students make up half the team running “The Invisible College” — it’s a science and technology scholarship program aimed at people who haven’t graduate from college (via MR)
  4. How should professors supervise/guide their teaching assistants? — a discussion at The Philosophers’ Cocoon
  5. “When does playing with ideas become intellectual work?” — Anil Gomes (Oxford) on boredom, isolation, children, and philosophy
  6. Racial Diminishment Syndrome: “like the coronavirus, is hard to detect, highly contagious and often deadly” — “social distancing will decrease the likelihood of extreme illness or untimely death,” says Chris Lebron (Johns Hopkins)
  7. “It is remarkable that Western philosophy should feel entitled to claim the tradition of ancient Greek philosophy as its property” — and that’s just one of the problems with the very idea of “Western Philosophy,” says Christoph Schuringa (New College of the Humanities)

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Matt
10 months ago

The piece by Schuringa on Greek philosophy was weird and weak – a mix of banalities (Did _you_ know that the Greeks extended in to what’s now Turkey, and to Sicily, etc? Oh, you also know common historical facts?) and weird claims (Medieval Islamic philosophy – much of it commenting on the Greeks – is not seen as “western” philosophy? Even if so, why would this be of relevance to the supposed claim?) With this on top of his weird piece on analytic philosophy a week or so ago I’m starting to think that his blog posts on the history of philosophy might not be worth so much. Report