David Boonin, professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and organizer of the Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy for undergraduates, was hoping to get Peter Singer (Princeton) to participate in one of the seminar’s sessions. But he knew that Singer, who is a very well-known philosopher and in-demand speaker, and who spends a lot of his time working to ..
Three years ago, a group of graduate students in philosophy set up an fundraiser in which philosophy departments could compete to raise money for a charity. They supported an anti-malaria organization the first year and an anti-factory-farming the next. This year, the competition is not between philosophy departments, but between schools, for academics in any field…
“Are we on the cusp of a philosophy giving golden age?”
T1: Johns Hopkins announces that its Department of Philosophy is receiving a $75 million gift from investor Bill Miller—the largest single donation ever to a philosophy department.
T2: Philosophers say, “This isn’t a good idea.” (more…)
Last year, a group of graduate students at Rutgers set up a fundraising competition for philosophy departments to support the Against Malaria Foundation. It raised nearly $60,000. This year, the same group of students has set up a new fundraising competition, Philosophers Against Factory Farming. (more…)
What are the virtues of a philosopher?
I won’t pretend this is an uncontroversial question, but I leave aside the tasks of defending it and arguing for particular specifications of its concepts. What I have in mind are aspects of character in virtue of which philosophers are able to do whatever it is they are supposed to do, well—especially in light of the fact..
The Philosophers Against Malaria competition recently ended. Carolina Flores Henrique (Rutgers) wrote to share the results:
A group of philosophy graduate students at Rutgers University have set up an inter-department competitive fundraiser for the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). The fundraiser starts today and will run through December 15th. (more…)
Today is the last day of the Daily Nous t-shirt sale! As far as I know, this is the only shirt with this fantastic quote from Socrates on it, and once today is over it will not be available again, until perhaps I make it available again. The shirt is surprisingly popular among the celebrity set, and even with folks who aren’t the biggest fans of Daily Nous. As I exp..
Last month, Ben Hale (Colorado) published an article in Slate, “The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola,” that emphasized how the disease piggybacks on human impulse to physically express care and affection for the sick and dying. Inspired by this article, Karin Tamerius, M.D., created a A Day Without Touch, a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Front..
Arthur Ward (Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State) teaches a unit on charitable giving in his ethics course and has come up with a way of doing so that gets the students really interested and involved:
I had heard of others doing some group work in class with this topic, asking students to research effective charities. It occurred to me that this was a great idea, b..