The railway strike in France has entered its sixth day, risking making students late for the philosophy portion of the baccalauréat exam.
the timing of this strike, reaching into the baccalauréat week, is also a public-relations risk. Every June, as part of a national ritual, over half a million school-leavers sit down to take the first bac exams. For half of them,..
The sixth and final installment of The Conversation‘s “Biology and Blame” series is up, and it is on cognitive enhancement. Nicole Vincent (Georgia State) and Emma Jane (UNSW Australia) raise some worries.
Philosophy professor Sharon Kaye (John Carroll University) is featured in this Inside Higher Ed article on using thought experiments in the classroom.
Gary Gutting.: You obviously don’t see scientific cosmology as supporting any case for theism. You also think that it refutes theistic religions’ claiming that the primary purpose of God’s creation is the existence of human beings. What, finally, is your view about the minimal theistic view that the universe was created by an intelligent being (regardless of its pur..
Modeled on the well-populated site, Women of Philosophy, a group of philosophers are creating a number of other databases, starting with one for Latina/Latino or Hispanic philosophers. Elizabeth Anderson, Tina Fernandes Botts, Ruth Chang, Sally Haslanger, and Manuel Vargas explain the initiative in a letter posted at Feminist Philosophers.
It was (perhaps) a dark and stormy night, back in the 1950s, when the multi-colored glass panels depicting 24 philosophers were removed from the dome atop Normal Hall at Indiana State University, many broken in the process. No photographs of the dome have been found, and no definitive list of the 24 philosophers is in existence. Now ISU is hoping to restore the dome..
Richard Sorabji, emeritus professor of philosophy at King’s College London and Honorary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford (and who has held positions at Cornell, University of Texas, NYU, CUNY, and elsewhere) will be knighted “for services to philosophical scholarship.”
1. Was Nietzsche a transhumanist?
2. Help get Bar Philosophi, “a mixology/craft cocktail bar with drinks inspired by conversation-inducing writers and philosophers” off the ground. (via Erich Hatala Matthes)
3. Eric Winsberg (South Florida) on the difference between an art object and a scientific model.
4. More on the Philosophy of Phish course.
5. Ariel Rubinstein’..
The American Philosophical Association has announced the winners of some recent publication prizes. Sally Haslanger has won the 2014 Joseph B. Gittler Award for her Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique.
John Brunero, currently associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, has accepted a position with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Philosophy as Robert R. Chambers Distinguished Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Moral Sciences, starting mid-August, 2014. Brunero works on topics in metaethics, practical reason..
We, the undersigned stakeholders in the UCL community and concerned parties-at-large, insist that Professors Michael Arthur (Provost), Jonathan Wolff (Dean of Faculty of Arts & Humanities) and José Zalabardo (Head of Department, Philosophy) intervene to create a permanent, tenure-track position in the Department of Philosophy for Dr. Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman be..
Hasan Azad, a PhD student in religious studies at Columbia, takes to the pages of Al Jazeera to ask, “why are there no Muslim philosophers?” Or rather, “To what extent can Muslims think as Muslims within the academy without being deemed too Muslim, and to what extent must their thought be made to conform to Western paradigms of thought?”
We face a situation where the A Level Philosophy may soon no longer exist such that we can continue to lament its supposed flaws and where the general perception of the subject amongst exam boards including but not limited to AQA is one of toxicity bordering on viciousness.
An article in The Philosophers Magazine details some of the problems facing the pre-universit..
We’ve all heard Stephen Hawking claim that philosophy is dead because philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. And we’ve all concluded from this that Stephen Hawking’s ideas about philosophy are dead, because he has not kept up with modern developments in philosophy. One wonders when he last read any philosophy of science.
Now we have a pa..
It’s spring and many colleges and universities have announced, or will soon announce, who has received promotion to associate or full professor. If you have received a promotion in rank during the 2013-2014 year, or you are in a position to make announcements about who in your department has done so, please list that information below.
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Aarti Sabharwal of Virginia was recently named the “Most Philosophical Third Grader in America” as a result of her entry in the national 2014 Kids Philosophy Slam contest. This contest is news to me. From the contest website:
The Kids Philosophy Slam is designed to make philosophy accessible and fun for kids of all ages and abilities, to promote a philosophical d..
These issues have sparked a relatively new area of research among military ethicists known as “moral injury.” It emerges from experiences when “you apply your judgment of right and wrong to an experience and find that your expectations of ‘what is right’ clash jarringly with reality,”
The story of prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was exchanged for five ..
1. Matthew Burstein has a blog, thought.o.matt, on “academia, media, philosophy, social institutions, teaching, and technology.” Included among the posts are his annotated syllabi for courses on queer theory, philosophy and film, and the moral dimensions of power.
2. Some updates on that class photo of Wittgenstein and Hitler (scroll down).
3. Chimps perform more ra..
An article in Times Higher Education reports that the editorial board of the journal of Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, has threatened to resign. Why? The journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, delayed the publication of a special issue of Prometheus on the topic of academic publishing and profits and made changes to the issue’s articles, including remov..
I submit that the unifying core, the essence of jerkitude in the moral sense, is this: the jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral an..
Except when offering perfectly parochial ideas, mainstream philosophy still offers hardly anything except for just so many concretely empty ideas.
Peter Unger has a new book coming out entitled Empty Ideas: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy. You can get a sense of what he means by “concretely empty idea” from the blurb on about the book on his website. You can also ..
No one has reason to accept a scheme of cooperation that places their lives under the control of others, that deprives them of meaningful political participation, that deprives their children of the opportunity to qualify for better jobs, and that deprives them of a share in the wealth they help to produce.
T.M. Scanlon has a brief TED essay sharing some contractual..
A computer has apparently passed a version of the Turing Test.
Eugene Goostman seems like a typical 13-year-old Ukrainian boy — at least, that’s what a third of judges at a Turing Test competition this Saturday thought. Goostman says that he likes hamburgers and candy and that his father is a gynecologist, but it’s all a lie. This boy is a program created by compute..
John Kaag (UMass Lowell) holds the surgical scissors and is asked to cut the cord. Time stands still, and he reflects on the relations between philosophy and fatherhood.
The prospect of struggle in life and fatherhood is not an indication that we should opt out, but rather lean in—like Sisyphus, who is destined to push the boulder up a hill, only to have it roll dow..
1. Churchland vs. McGinn in the New Your Review of Books.
2. The philosophy of mind of the Robocop remake? I’d buy that for a dollar.
3. The ethics of whistleblowing and state secrecy — a review essay by political theoriest William Scheuerman.
4. How do you know you’re not a zombie yourself?
5. “The emotional component of our moral judgment is not strictly based on..
The Nietzsche Club was barred from holding meetings at University College London after a ruling that discussions about right-wing philosophers could encourage fascism and endanger the student body. As well as Nietzsche, a favorite of Benito Mussolini, the philosophers to be studied included Julius Evola and Martin Heidegger, who have been cited as inspiration by far..