PEA Soup Returns
The “Philosophy, Ethics, and Academia” blog PEA Soup was taken over last fall by the University of Warwick’s Centre for Ethics, Law, and Public Affairs (CELPA) and has now resumed regular posting. (more…)
Long-Running Ethics Blog Seeks New Editors
PEA Soup, a blog about “philosophy, ethics, and academia” that has been running for 17 years, is in need of new leadership. (more…)
Conversations with Philosophers about the Pandemic
Over the past few months, Sahana Rajan (University of Delhi) and Alan Nelson Isaac have been conducting interviews with philosophers, with a focus on “exploring the philosophical dimensions of pandemic situation.” The result is In Limbo Conversations. (more…)
Problems with Philosophy on Facebook
“What happens and what should a philosopher do if the academic community massively has moved on to making its informal engagements happen on one platform, specifically, Facebook?” (more…)
Philosophers On the Philosophy Blogosphere
Five years ago Daily Nous came into existence, joining the amorphous and still growing collection of websites known as the philosophy blogosphere.
Room for Uncertainty in Online Philosophical Communities
“Uncertainty, I once thought, is what philosophers do. Now I have doubts.” (more…)
Leave Room for Uncertainty and Confusion
“My trouble is usually… that I don’t entirely know what I think. And not knowing what to think is itself sometimes cast as shameful.”
“We’re Going to Get More, and More Interesting, Kinds of Philosophy”
That’s, uh, me, from a conversation with Daniel Kaufman (Missouri State) on his Sophia program on MeaningOfLife.tv. (more…)
A Note On Making Discussions Here Better
We often have vigorous and contentious discussions in the comments here at Daily Nous, and this past week—with its focus on philosophizing about transgender issues—was no exception (see here and here).
Symbolic Conscription, Part II (guest post by Amy Olberding)
The following is a guest post* by Amy Olberding, professor of philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, in response to the discussion of Sam Liao’s post here, “How Is This Course Intro to Philosophy?” A version of it first appeared at Feminist Philosophers. (more…)
The Return of The Service Previously Known As Philosopher’s Carnival
Philosopher’s Carnival was a website that aimed to
- to showcase the best philosophical writing in the blogosphere in one convenient location, for the benefit of philosophically-inclined readers
- to provide lesser-known philosophy bloggers with the opportunity to gain some exposure and attract a wider audience
- to foster and promote the free online disseminat..
Major Ethics Blog PEA Soup Revamped
PEA Soup (with the PEA standing for Philosophy, Ethics, and Academia) has just undergone a number of changes. It has a new look. It has moved to a new address: www.peasoup.us, and it has teamed up with DePauw University’s Prindle Institute of Ethics (directed by Andrew Cullison). (more…)
Aesthetics for Birds Returns with New Editor
The Aesthetics for Birds blog—“aesthetics and philosophy of art for everyone”—is back in business with a new design and a new editor, Alex King (Buffalo). Nice: (more…)
What Philosophers Aren’t Talking About, But Should (Updated)
Occasionally a comment makes its way onto Daily Nous, or into the Daily Nous inbox, along the following lines: “I find it strange that no one seems to be discussing some important topic or defending some important thesis, T. Is it because the majority of philosophers, P, find T philosophically uninteresting? Or is the moderator censoring T? Or is it because P is too..
When Someone Suggests Expanding The Canon…
A gem of a comment from Amy Olberding on the post earlier this week about expanding the philosophical canon is worth excerpting:
…let me just explain how these sorts of conversations read to me and how, it seems to me, they repeat endlessly. On my most cynical days, I think we can dispense with any further conversations about including non-western traditions. F..
Aristotle’s “On Trolling”
That trolling is a shameful thing, and that no one of sense would accept to be called ‘troll’, all are agreed; but what trolling is, and how many its species are, and whether there is an excellence of the troll, is unclear. And indeed trolling is said in many ways; for some call ‘troll’ anyone who is abusive on the internet, but this is only the disagreeable person,..
Best Philosophy Blog Post of the Year
3 Quarks Daily has opened up nominations for the 2015 edition of its best philosophy blog post or online-only writing contest. The judge this year is John Collins (Columbia). You can check out who won the prize in previous years at links from here.
The editors at 3QD write:
As usual, this is the way it will work: the nominating period is now open. There will ..
Trolls in the Philosophical Blogosphere (Ought Experiment)
Welcome back to Ought Experiment! We had ourselves quite the weekend, didn’t we? Well hang on to your armchairs, folks, because apparently it’s time for a Very Special Episode. After the heated conversation about professional cliques, a certain blog editor wrote in with a question about the role and consequences of anonymity in online philosophical discussion:
Philosophy Via Facebook?
Popular essays, fictions, aphorisms, dialogues, autobiographical reflections and personal letters have historically played a central role in philosophy. So also have public acts of direct confrontation with the structures of one’s society: Socrates’ trial and acceptance of the hemlock; Confucius’ inspiring personal correctness. It was really only with the generation..
New Blog on the Ethics of War
The Ethical War Blog is a new group blog hosted by the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. The Centre’s Jonathan Parry writes:
The Ethical War Blog will publish short and timely opinion articles on war-related topics in the news, written by specialists in the field, in an accessible and digestible format. The blog launches with five articles, with n..
“If Your Website’s Full of Assholes, It’s Your Fault” is a 2011 post from well-known blogger Anil Dash in which he writes about a specific kind of challenge faced by bloggers and online media providers. They are often forced to defend their enterprises “because so many of the most visible, prominent, and popular places on the web are full of unkindness and hateful b..
APA Looking for Blog Editor (updated)
The American Philosophical Association (APA) will be starting a blog and is conducting a search for its editor:
Ha ha ha, APA. Thanks for the invitation.
According to an email from APA Executive Director Amy Ferrer:
The blog will give the APA a major presence in the blogosphere, while helping to serve the mission of the association and providing a forum..
New Site for Discussions of Discrimination & Disadvantage
Discrimination and Disadvantage is a new blog developed by Thomas Nadelhoffer (College of Charleston) and Kevin Timpe (Northwest Nazarene U.) for discussions about the philosophy of discrimination and disadvantage, as well as of discrimination and disadvantage in the philosophy profession. As they put it in their mission statement,
In recent years, philosophers h..
Being a Philosopher of Color — a New Blog
A new blog project, What Is It Like to be a Person of Color in Philosophy?, has just launched. From the “about” page:
This blog contains narratives of personal experiences, submitted by readers, of life in philosophy as a person of color. Some of these stories will undoubtedly be accounts of racial bias, whether explicit, unconscious, or institutional. However, o..
Substantive Philosophy Blogs
Brian Weatherson has created a list of substantive philosophy blogs at his own blog, And Another Thing.
Hilary Putnam’s Blog
Hilary Putnam now has a blog. No, it is not named “Twog,” which seems like a missed opportunity to me. Called “Sardonic Comment,” its first post is on the measurement problem in quantum mechanics.
Blog for Philosophy Journal Editors
Jonathan Jacobs (Saint Louis University), editor of Res Philosophica, has created a blog, Letters from the Editors: Philosophy Journal Editors’ Perspectives on Academic Publishing.
He writes, “We welcome other contributors who are editors (of any rank) of a philosophy journal. We’d welcome nominations, including self-nomination, for contributors. And we’d certainly..
What’s the Deal with NewAPPS and Other Blogs?
Some of you may have noticed that NewAPPS, 3 Quarks Daily, and some other blogs are down. What’s up with that? Contrary to the rumors, Daily Nous has not launched distributed denial of service attacks against its competitors in an attempt to achieve complete and total domination of the philosophy blogosphere. Rather, we are doing it for ONE MILLION DOLLARS.