The other day Balkan Insight reported that a Bulgarian government committee alleged that Bulgarian-born philosopher, literary critic, and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva, currently emeritus professor at University of Paris 7 – Diderot, was an agent for the Communist-era Bulgarian Committee for State Security. Today, the same publication reports that Kristeva denies thi..
Trump’s egotism pushes him to a position on the alleged problem of political correctness run amok on college campuses that is close to mine: “it’s highly overblown.”
A group of scholars have undertaken a plan to design and erect a memorial monument for philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, to replace the existing gravesite markers, which have fallen into disrepair. (more…)
Here’s the weekly report of what’s new at some useful online philosophy resources. (more…)
Philip Pettit, distinguished university professor of philosophy at Australian National University and L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, has been named a Companion of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. (more…)
Anna Stubblefield, the former Rutgers-Newark philosophy professor convicted of sexually assualting a disabled man, has had her convictions overturned by an appellate court, reports NJ.com, on the grounds that she did not get a fair trial. The court determined she should have a new trial, with a new judge.
Over the past few days, many members of the philosophical community have been expressing disappointment, sadness, and outrage over the recent controversy concerning the journal Hypatia‘s publication of “In Defense of Transracialism,” by Rebecca Tuvel (Rhodes College), and the journal’s response to criticism for publishing it. As more than one person put it, the situ..
by Ryan Lake
The Center for Ethics & Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has announced the winners of its latest round of grants. The grants include awards of up to $40,000 for research projects in philosophy as it relates to educational policy and practice (see this description of the grant program). (more…)
Some philosophy talks are exciting, others are dull. It’s pretty easy to tune out of the dull ones. But once you tune out of a talk, it is difficult to follow the argument when you tune back in,and so you just end up sitting there wasting your time. As Ravi Vakil, a professor of math at Stanford puts it, “Talks are like horses: once you are thrown off, it is hard to..
Ruth Millikan, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, is the winner of the 2017 Nicholas Rescher Prize for Systematic Philosophy. The prize “is intended to counter present-day tendencies to narrow specialization by rewarding and showcasing the work of philosophers who have addressed the historical ‘big questions’ of the ..
Sally Haslanger (MIT), Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins (UBC), and David Velleman (NYU) each received envelopes in the mail this past summer containing feces, according to an article at Buzzfeed by Katie J.M. Baker. As the article notes, “All three philosophy professors were embroiled in a 2014 academic brawl over what they perceived as an abuse of power within their field,”..
When Chris Kramer, associate professor of philosophy at Rock Valley College in Illinois, learned that a paper of his had been accepted to the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, he was excited. And then suspicious. (more…)
Valerie Tiberius, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota and current president of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, wants to know “what matters to philosophers.”
As chair of a philosophy department at a large state institution (University of Minnesota), I’ve frequently been called upo..
Last month, the philosophy program at the University of Wyoming was slated to be eliminated, owing to a budget crisis. Now—good news—the elimination itself has been slated for elimination. I just received word from the chair of the philosophy department at Wyoming, Franz-Peter Griesmaier. He writes:
There are positive new developments for philosophy at the Un..
I think that rights-based discourse is necessary, but there is this sense in which rights can be given and, by implication, taken away. Within this context, I think that America needs a movement that transcends the civil rights movement. Applicative justice might be necessary, but not sufficient. Imagine a scenario where justice is being applied across the board, an..
The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at (CASBS) Stanford University was founded in 1954 as an interdisciplinary research institute with a mission of “advancing human welfare” and creating “knowledge for the maximum benefit of individuals and society.” Each year the center invites a number of fellows to take up residence at Stanford and join in a ..
For no reason in particular, I thought it would be nice to have a list of fictional works in which one of the main characters is an academic philosopher. The rules are somewhat arbitrary. I am prepared to be flexible as to what counts as ficti..
A half-dozen academics have contributed brief essays to a collection at Times Higher Education on how to handle the academic workload and how to appropriately manage their time—especially in regards to accepting or declining various “opportunities.”
Some choice quotes:
“Why don’t you just say no, non-academic friends asked? Because, I explained, when you don..
Thane Naberhaus, the associate professor of philosophy who earlier this week was fired from his tenured position at Mount St. Mary’s University by current university president Simon Newman of “drown the bunnies” fame, has received a new letter from Newman, informing him that though he has been “suspended” from his duties, he remains on the payroll “during the notice..
The American Philosophical Association (APA) has announced the winners of ten grants—eight from its Small Grant Program and 2 from its Diversity and Inclusiveness Grants Program. What follows is from the APA’s press release:
Small Grant Program
Each year, the APA Eastern Division provides $25,000 for the APA’s Small Grant Program. This year’s grant applicati..
Liam Kofi Bright, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, has produced a study on the number of publications by black philosophers in the U.S. (“US BIPs”) that have appeared in highly regarded philosophy journals from 2003-2012. The results appear in a guest post at The Splintered Mind:
In total there were 30 publications by US BIPs for all journals dur..
Percentages of U.S. Doctorates in Philosophy Given to Women and to Minorities, 1973-2014
by Eric Schwitzgebel
The Survey of Earned Doctorates is a questionnaire distributed by the U.S. National Science Foundation to doctorate recipients at a..