Lives of PhilosophersCategory
The holidays are coming up. What should you get the philosophers in your life? It depends, of course. Do you want to keep them in your life? (more…)
John Tienson, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Memphis, has died. (more…)
Lawrence Becker, professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of William & Mary and fellow of Hollins University, has died. (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope there’s some beauty in your day. (more…)
Mary Midgley, a well-known British moral philosopher, has died at age 99. (more…)
Stefan Baumrin, emeritus professor of philosophy at Lehman College and the Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY), and emeritus professor of medical ethics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has died. (more…)
Sylvain Bromberger, professor emeritus of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has died. (more…)
Jeremy Bentham is weirder than you thought. (more…)
Looking for some good music? There’s a new EP out from Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò, a philosopher who just earned his PhD at UCLA and is starting as an assistant professor at Georgetown University this fall. (more…)
Philosopher Baruch Brody, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Rice University, died on May 30th. He was 75.
If I knew then what I know now, I certainly would’ve “decided” to become a philosopher. But back when I was working my way here, I didn’t really know what a philosopher was, or why one would want to be one. I didn’t have the materials for making the relevant decision—and by the time I did, I was already a philosopher.
Many institutions control your choices in various ways, and bend your time to their aims, by suggesting that you must serve limitlessly or else you have not adequately demonstrated your devotion to the mission. It is satisfying and empowering to ignore that narrative… (more…)
In June, 2016, Adam Hayden, then a philosophy student in his lower 30s, and also a husband and a father of three young boys, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the brain or spinal cord. (more…)
Do you need to attend a conference but are short on travel funds? Do you have a guest room or extra place to sleep in your home that you’d be willing to offer to an early-career academic for a short while? (more…)
‘Impostor syndrome’ describes a problem I don’t especially wish to solve. Its remedy is to recognise that one does in fact belong. Yet I can’t convince myself I want to fully belong—indeed, I would experience belonging as a loss. The reasons for this are several, though all converge on a conviction that being ill-adapted has a value I would not forfeit. (more…)..
A study of depression and anxiety among graduate students has found that 39% of its survey respondents “scored in the moderate-to-severe depression range.” (more…)
Darrel Moellendorf, professor of political theory and philosophy at Goethe University Frankfurt, survived. Nearly a year ago, he began chronicling his experience undergoing a stem cell transplant to treat his secondary myelofibrosis, a kind of bone-marrow cancer, that developed from his pre-existing essential thrombocythemia, at On Being (a) Patient. The treatment w..
Philosopher-parents: how, if at all, has philosophy affected how you parent? And how, if at all, has being a parent affected your philosophical views? And is there wisdom about parenting to be found in the history of philosophy? (more…)
Lynne Rudder Baker, Distinguished Professor Emerita in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has died. (more…)