Dialectica and the Challenges of Converting a Journal to Open Access
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by Justin Weinberg
11h ago
A reader recently pointed out that the philosophy journal Dialectica in 2020 became an open access journal, after 15 years of being published by Blackwell-Wiley, but that the journal’s latest issue was dated 2020. What’s going on at this journal? A lot, it turns out. I asked the journal’s editor, Philipp Blum (Lucerne), for an explanation, which he provides below. As you’ll see, the conversion of a journal to open access can be difficult. Dr. Blum describes some of the various challenges involved, and the work that he and his fellow editors have been doing over the past few years. The light a ..read more
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Deciding Between Grad Programs: What Questions to Ask? Of Whom?
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by Justin Weinberg
1d ago
Applicants to graduate programs in philosophy are now hearing from admissions committees and will have decisions to make about which to attend, or whether to go at all. A current graduate student has suggested I open up a discussion about how admitted students should approach this decision. We might assume that at this stage, prospective students have already winnowed things down somewhat, and whatever small differences in various rankings across the programs to be decided between are not themselves all that informative. Some of the survey responses and data at Academic Philosophy Data & ..read more
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Lenhard Wins 2024 Covey Award
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by Justin Weinberg
1d ago
Johannes Lenhard (Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University) has been selected as the winner of the 2024 Covey Award by the board of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP). The Covey Award is given on an annual basis to “senior scholars with a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy broadly conceived.” The IACAP board writes: How does using a computer change the methodology and epistemology of the sciences? How does computational modeling transform the use of mathematical tools? Lenhard’s research aims at tackling these qu ..read more
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Paulin J. Hountondji (1942-2024)
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by Justin Weinberg
1d ago
Paulin Jidenu Hountondji, an influential African philosopher, died earlier this month. Paulin Hountondji was known for his work in African philosophy, and especially on the topic of what African philosophy is and should be. He rejected a conception of African philosophy as inward-facing ethnophilosophy as well as the romanticization of folk widsom,  and emphasized the importance of universalism, logic, and argument. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia) puts his view this way: A people do not philosophise. Philosophical reflection is the business of a subject who takes responsibility for t ..read more
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Viehoff from NYU to Berkeley
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by Justin Weinberg
2d ago
Daniel Viehoff, currently associate professor of philosophy at New York University, will be moving to the University of California, Berkeley, where he will be associate professor of philosophy. Professor Viehoff works in political and legal philosophy, ethics, and social philosophy, with a focus on questions of political authority and legitimacy, democracy and equality, and private law theory. You can learn more about his work here. He takes up his new position at Berkeley, which also includes an affiliation with the university’s law school, in July, 2024. (via Alva Noë) The post Viehoff from ..read more
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Mini-Heap
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by Justin Weinberg
3d ago
Items of interest… Discussion welcome. Bentham had 26 “death rings” made, each with his silhouette and a lock of his hair. Since his death, the rings have been “scattered around the world, with people hunting to find them” — one of them has recently been found, and will be auctioned Like ChatGPT, but instead of producing text in response to your prompts, it makes videos—scarily realistic videos — check out what, an OpenAI project, can do “The answer ‘It has no meaning’ isn’t negative or disappointing. It’s celebratory. It’s the only answer that grasps the value of life and the natu ..read more
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Rasmussen from Azusa to Baylor
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by Justin Weinberg
3d ago
Joshua Rasmussen, currently associate professor of philosophy at Azusa Pacific University, will be moving to Baylor University, where he will be professor of philosophy. Professor Rasmussen works in analytic metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and related areas. He is the author of, among other works, Who Are You Really? (2023), How Reason Can Lead to God (2019),  Necessary Existence (co-authored with Alex Pruss, 2015), and Defending the Correspondence Theory of Truth (2014). You can learn more about his writing here and here. He takes up his new position at Baylor in the Fall ..read more
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Leverhulme Trust to Investigate One of Its Philosophy Fellows at Cambridge (updated)
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by Justin Weinberg
3d ago
The Leverhulme Trust, a philanthropy in London which provides grants and fellowships to scholars across a range of disciplines, has launched an investigation of one of its early career fellows who works in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. [Note: This was originally posted on February 15, 2024, 10:37am, but was lost when a problem on February 17th, 2024 required the site to be reset. I’m reposting it on February 18th with its original publication date.]   The philosopher in question is Nathan Cofnas, whom readers may recall from this episode. (Photo via Varsity) In re ..read more
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Site Damage & Repair
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by Justin Weinberg
4d ago
Daily Nous suffered an as-of-yet unexplained “critical error” tonight. The site was down for several hours and could only get back online by restoring an earlier version of it.  As a result, all posts and comments published since sometime on February 13th are not currently on the site. With luck, at least some of the missing posts, and perhaps the comments, will be back online by the end of the weekend. Thanks for your patience. The post Site Damage & Repair first appeared on Daily Nous ..read more
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Are Your Students Doing The Reading?
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by Justin Weinberg
5d ago
And if they’re not, what can be done to get them to do it? Or is that the wrong way to think about it? These questions come up in response to a recent piece by Adam Kotsko (North Central College) at Slate. He writes about the “diffuse confluence of forces that are depriving students of the skills needed to meaningfully engage” with books: As a college educator, I am confronted daily with the results of that conspiracy-without-conspirators. I have been teaching in small liberal arts colleges for over 15 years now, and in the past five years, it’s as though someone flipped a switch. For mo ..read more
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