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by Justin Weinberg
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Latest links… “He wants scholars to get real and acknowledge the field’s genuine strengths, which don’t necessarily lie in direct response to today’s political issues” — the “he” is John Guillory (NYU) and “the field” is literature, but he’s addressing problems relevant to philosophy, too “There is a popular picture of Socrates as someone inviting us to think for ourselves… [That] popular picture is severely incomplete” — Alex Pruss (Baylor) on Socrates’ conservatism What to say to a friend whose book you haven’t read — some suggestions “[The spider] tenses the threads of the ..read more
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Summer Programs in Philosophy
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by Justin Weinberg
2d ago
Reminder: if you are running a summer program or summer school in philosophy, there is a place to list it to make it more visible to potentially interested parties. If you’re running a summer program in philosophy for graduate students or recent PhDs, list it in the comments here. If you’re running a summer program in philosophy for undergraduates, list it in the comments here. If you’re running a summer program in philosophy for high school students, list it in the comments here. Everyone else: if you know students who might be interested in these programs, please pass along the relevan ..read more
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New Project to Fund Converting Journals to Open Access
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by Justin Weinberg
2d ago
Editors of academic philosophy journals whose content is largely behind paywalls may be interested in applying to a new program from MIT Press that will “cover the expenses of transitioning a journal to open access model for a three-year term, provide the Press’s full suite of publishing services, and support the development of a sustainable funding model for the future.” Dubbed “shift+Open”, the program is intended for journals that have been publishing for at least three years using a subscription model. There are no other restrictions on eligibility, so the fact that your journal is curren ..read more
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Benjamin R. Tilghman (1927-2023)
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by Justin Weinberg
2d ago
Benjamin Ross Tilghman, professor emeritus of philosophy at Kansas State University, has died. Professor Tilghman worked in philosophy of art and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is the author of But is it Art? (1984), Wittgenstein, Ethics and Aesthetics (1991), An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (1993), The Expression of Emotion in the Visual Arts (2012), and Reflections on Aesthetic Judgment (2017), among other works. Professor Tilghman joined the faculty of Kansas State in 1967, retiring in 1994, and served as department head there from 1967 to 1980. Before that, h ..read more
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Philosophers Among Winners of Recent Large ERC Grants
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by Justin Weinberg
3d ago
The European Research Council (ERC) recently announced the winners of their sizable “Consolidator Grants,” and several philosophers were among them. They are: A.J. Cotnoir (University of St Andrews) “Instruments of Unity: the Many Ways of Being One” We perceive unities everywhere: from ant colonies to cellular automata, from organisms to organisations. Yet we have little understanding of the general constraints by which they are unified. The Instruments of Unity Project tackles this abstract question in a way that provides concrete applicable answers. The core hypothesis: unity is a complex pl ..read more
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New £20,000 Transdisciplinary Philosophy Book Prize
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by Justin Weinberg
4d ago
The Royal Institute of Philosophy (RIP) has announced the creation of a new book prize to recognize “the most original philosophical research that transcends academic disciplines”. The prize comes with a monetary award of £20,000 (≈ $24,600). The Nayef Al-Rodhan International Prize in Transdisciplinary Philosophy will aim to reward the authors of books that, according to a press release from the RIP, demonstrate rigorous original and high-quality transdisciplinary research are accessible and engaging to read are original, innovative, and impactful intend to advance and contribute to the ..read more
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What Do Experiments in Philosophy Teaching Look Like? (guest post)
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by Justin Weinberg
4d ago
“There is room to think creatively about how to improve learning and love of philosophy via innovation in pedagogy.” That’s Russell Marcus, professor of philosophy at Hamilton College, and Catherine Schmitt, an undergraduate at Hamilton studying philosophy and neuroscience, writing about the experiments in philosophy teaching they’ve facilitated as part of the Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy (HCSPiP). In the following guest post, they share some observations about successful philosophy teaching innovations, and invite readers to share their own. What Do Experiments in Philosophy ..read more
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Mind Chunks
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by Justin Weinberg
5d ago
Mind Chunks by Pete Mandik Other Daily Nous Philosophy Comics / More Info About DN Comics Pete Mandik on Twitter ..read more
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by Justin Weinberg
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Recent additions to the Heap of Links… “Art is artifice plus, one hopes, a hint of genius… Such hints can shine through… in the most unlikely, indeed the silliest places. There is of course no reason why AI should not also be such a place” — Justin E.H. Smith (University of Paris 7) defends AI art, sort of “I do not think a degenerated scholasticism is the right historical metaphor for our time and era. I think late antiquity Hellenistic philosophy is where we should see ourselves” — “We are in a syncretic age. And I believe that is why we will soon be forgot,” says Liam Kofi Brigh ..read more
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NUS Philosophy Apologizes for Rejection Email Mishap
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by Justin Weinberg
5d ago
To its credit, the Department of Philosophy at National University of Singapore, in a timely manner, emailed some applicants to its recently advertised open rank position to inform them that they were no longer being considered for the job. Unfortunately, the email addresses of all of the recipients of the rejection letter were visible in the “cc” section of the message. The result was that over 200 people were exposed as having applied to the position. For some, this is no big deal, for others, it is. It’s a kind of privacy violation, but as one reader of Daily Nous put it in an email, the e ..read more
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