Philosophy News Summary

During the summer slow-down, many news items will be consolidated in occasional “philosophy news” summary posts. This is the first.

  1. Yujin Nagasawa will be moving from the University of Birmingham, where he is the H. G. Wood Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, to the University of Oklahoma, where he will be Professor of Philosophy and Kingfisher College Chair in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.
  2. A few well-known philosophers are among the signatories of a succinct statement about AI risk. The statement, in its entirety: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.” The New York Times reports on it here (via Robert Long). (Some previous posts at DN about AI are here.)
  3. Peter Machamer, who was a member of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh since 1976, has died. Professor Machamer was known for his work on scientific explanation, as well as on the ideas of historical figures such as Descartes, Galileo, Hobbes, and Aristotle. You can browse some of his research here.
  4. Related to the above item: an accusation of sexual harassment.
  5. Arif Ahmed (Cambridge) has been officially named the first Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom at the Office for Students, part of the UK’s Department for Education. See the previous post and discussion on this here.
  6. Oxford Public Philosophy is a student-run digital philosophy journal based out of Oxford University about “critically questioning what philosophy is and how we’re doing it” that was founded to give a platform to diverse and historically underrepresented voices in, and forms of, philosophy. It is currently seeking submissions for its fourth issue.
  7. Six new universities have been named as members of the Association of American Universities.

Discussion welcome.

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