“What is the meaning of life?” That’s probably the question that springs to mind when a non-philosopher is asked what philosophers study. And while some philosophers do in fact work on that question, like any single question it does not capture the extraordinary range and diversity of subjects philosophers are thinking and writing about. (more…)
The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a summer program in philosophy of science for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups this coming summer. (more…)
Many of the young people who attend my classes think that philosophy is a fuzzy discipline that’s concerned only with matters of opinion, whereas science is in the business of discovering facts, delivering proofs, and disseminating objective truths. Furthermore, many of them believe that scientists can answer philosophical questions, but philosophers have no busines..
It was impossible for me to get credit for my own work… and for the faculty to put the two things together: me, Lisa Lloyd, the woman, and my own original work… So what can you say? (more…)
Admissions to the Ph.D. program in philosophy at the University of Florida (UF) were suspended in the wake of the 2007-2008 economic downturn. That suspension has now been lifted: the UF Department of Philosophy will once again be accepting applications for admission to its Ph.D. program. The M.A. program, which had been in operation during this period, will continu..
Happy Monday, folks. Here’s the weekly report of what’s new at some useful online philosophy resources. (more…)
Faculty at the School of Philosophy at Australian National University (ANU) have recently received multiple grants totaling over AU$1.5 million (roughly US$1.15 million). (more…)
The philosophy departments at New York University and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at Pittsburgh, will be waiving the fee for applications to their PhD programs for some students. (more…)
The American Philosophical Association (APA) has announced that the first winner of its Israel Scheffler Prize in Philosophy of Education is Jennifer Morton, assistant professor of philosophy at City College of New York. (more…)
Does philosophy make progress? Daniel Stoljar, professor of philosophy at Australia National University, thinks it does, and he defends that idea in his new book, Philosophical Progress: In Defence of a Reasonable Optimism. In the following guest post,* he presents one kind of argument for his view. (more…)
Good morning, everyone. Here’s the weekly report of what’s new at some useful online philosophy resources. (more…)
This is a good idea:
Every semester, about this time, I identify students in my intro classes who are doing reasonably well, seem interested in philosophy (based on class participation, conversations in office hours, or written work), and are not graduating in the near future. I email all of them individually (although of course the letters are somewhat repetitiv..
Administrators at the University of Wisconsin-Superior surprised their faculty this week with news that they were “suspending more than two dozen academic programs,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Remarkably, given all the times we’ve seen philosophy programs threatened over the past few years, the philosophy program at Wisconsin-Superior survived t..
“My aim has been to remind philosophers that their subject, whether or not ‘handmaiden to the sciences’, ought to be handmaiden also to the humanities”
A philosopher writes in with a query at the intersection of research ethics, publishing norms, and academic etiquette. (more…)
Mainstream philosophy in the so-called West is narrow-minded, unimaginative, and even xenophobic. I know I am leveling a serious charge. But how else can we explain the fact that the rich philosophical traditions of China, India, Africa, and the Indigenous peoples of the Americas are completely ignored by almost all philosophy departments in both Europe and the Engl..
“One need no longer have recourse to magical means in order to master or implore the spirits, as did the savage, for whom such mysterious powers existed. Technical means and calculations perform the service. This above all is what intellectualization means.” (more…)
Orange Coast College (OCC), a community college in Costa Mesa, California with over 25,000 students, has received a $1.8 million gift to its foundation to “provide scholarships for financially deserving philosophy students.” An equal amount, from the same donor and for the same purposes, has been given to the University of California, Berkeley. (more…)
A few items regarding philosophy lecture series at different schools… (more…)
Greetings! Below, you’ll find the weekly report of what’s new at some useful online philosophy resources. (more…)
Halloween is almost upon us, and to mark the occasion, Nolen Gertz, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Twente, Ethicist For Hire, and philosophy comic strip artist, took to Twitter recently to list some philosophy horror films (#philosophyhorrorfilms): (more…)
We ought hold ourselves to stricter argumentative standards than we often do, in our philosophical research manuscripts or public-forum presentations. (more…)
Two attitudes help explain why some women choose to not continue studying philosophy, according to research recently published in Analysis.