New Video Archive of Mid-to-Late 20th Century British Philosophers
“Philosophy in the Open” is a new archive of philosophy videos from Open University. (more…)
Philosophers and Their Pets
In the United States it is National Pet Day, an unofficial holiday created in 2006 to “celebrate the joy pets can bring to us,” and an unofficial reason for us to talk about philosophers and their pets and philosophy regarding pets, and—why not?—to share photos of our pets. (more…)
Philosophers among New National Humanities Center Fellows
The National Humanities Center (NHC) has announced the appointment of 35 fellows for the academic year 2023–24, including three philosophers.
Perceptions and Appetitions: New Music About Philosophy (guest post)
“To refute a theory, but it’s my life that’s on the line…” (more…)
Philosophers on the Internet
In today’s irony report, Daily Nous editor Justin Weinberg, who mere days ago announced he would be taking a break from the website, has returned to it to post about, of all things, philosophers on the internet. (more…)
On the Time McDowell Told Taylor and Putnam They Misunderstood Him (guest post)
“On Saturday, April 27 1996, in Chicago, at the Palmer House, there was an epic, bewildering Author Meets Critics session on McDowell’s (1994) Mind and World with Charles Taylor and Hilary Putnam as Critics and John Haugeland presiding…” (more…)
“Departments of Cognitive Poker”? Competitiveness and Philosophy (guest post)
Is philosophy an especially competitive discipline? How? Is its competitiveness a problem? If so, what might we do about it? (more…)
“The Way Philosophy Is Personal”
Wittgenstein’s early private notebooks have just been published in English, translated by Marjorie Perloff (Stanford). Towards the end of an essay about them, Kieran Setiya (MIT) draws attention to “the way philosophy is personal.” (more…)
The Problems with Philosophers: A Reply to Weinberg (guest post)
Last week, I posted about an exchange between historians Amna Khalid and Jeffrey Aaron Snyder (both of Carleton College), and philosopher Michael Veber (East Carolina), using Veber’s contribution to highlight some things philosophers sometimes do that might contribute to a negative impression about them. (more…)
The Purpose of a University / Negativity about Philosophers
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a popular tweet asking why people had negative attitudes towards philosophers and philosophy. Later that day, an email brought to my attention an essay and response to it that seemed to be the kind of thing one might point to as part of an explanation for those negative attitudes. (more…)
Theodore Kisiel (1930-2021)
Theodore Kisiel, professor emeritus of philosophy at Northern Illinois University, has died. (more…)
Citation Rankings of Philosophers Based on Scopus Data (updated)
A database of information regarding citations of researchers has been updated, and now includes information about the citation rates of researchers, including philosophers. (more…)
How Military Veterans Contribute to Academic Philosophy (guest post)
Before becoming a philosopher, Descartes studied and then taught military engineering as a soldier. Wittgenstein penned the Tractatus as an artilleryman in World War I and sent out his manuscript while confined at a prisoner of war camp in Italy. Quine was a codebreaker during World War II, while Davidson trained spotters to distinguish Allied planes from Axis plane..
Photos of Philosophers
“One thing that is a real problem with philosophers is making sure they are not hunched over.” (more…)
A Tale of Two Resignations
Two philosophy professors recently announced their resignations from their respective universities. Both say that their administrations failed to adequately defend their freedoms and protect them from harassment and threats. But there are some differences between the stories that affect what might be learned from them. (more…)
Philosophers Among New British Academy Fellows
The British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences, has announced its new class of fellows, which includes several philosophers. (more…)
What Do Philosophers Think About Human Extinction?
It’s a near certainty that humanity will come to an end, but what form this end might take, and when it might happen, are of course unknown. What should we think about the end of humanity and its various variables? What do we think? (more…)
Three Philosophers Awarded AAUW Fellowships
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently announced the winners of its 2021-2022 fellowships, and three philosophers are among them.
Collective Nouns for Philosophers by Area of Specialization
A murder of crows. A cackle of hyenas. A knot of toads. A confusion of philosophers? Or is it a fog of philosophers? Or…? There was some discussion of what we should call a collection of philosophers here several years ago. (more…)
How Are Today’s Philosophers Philosophical?
In a recent live interview, Tyler Cowen (GMU) asks Elijah Millgram (Utah), “To what extent do you think philosophers today are even still philosophical, in the true sense of that word?” (more…)
New Canada Research Chairs in Philosophy
The government of Canada recently named 93 new Canada Research Chairs, and three of them are philosophers.
Found: a Key to Understanding Hobbes’ Influence on Locke (and Locke’s Character)
A recent discovery casts new light on the influence of Thomas Hobbes on John Locke, and on the kind of person Locke was. (more…)
Underappreciated Philosophical Friendships
In a new article, Michael Kremer (University of Chicago) describes the results of some philosophical detective work he did uncovering the “philosophical friendship” of Margaret McDonald and Gilbert Ryle. (more…)
Results of the Philosophy of Science Association’s Climate Change Survey (guest post)
“There is a clear signal in these results that very many professional philosophers of science want to be working in a more online environment as a consequence of the climate crisis.” (more…)
Several Philosophers Among Winners of Large ERC Advanced Grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the recipients of its latest round of its multimillion-euro “Advanced Grants,” and several philosophers are among them. (more…)
Philosophers Among New NHC Fellows
The National Humanities Center (NHC) has announced its class of residential fellows for the 2021-22 academic year, and it includes two philosophers. (more…)
Philosophers Among New ACLS Fellows
Four philosophers have been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). (more…)
Philosophers Among New Guggenheim Fellows
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the winners of its fellowships today, and there are three philosophers among them.