Lies, Fiction, and the Post Office
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by Gregory Currie
3d ago
Early January in the UK witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of public outrage. In four parts, shown on successive nights, a TV drama documented prosecutions undertaken by the Post Office (the counterpart of the US Mail) against hundreds of “postmasters and mistresses”: managers of small branches responsible for handling mail and other Post Office transactions. The ..read more
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“Rustin” (2023) and Queer Interracial Relationships of Iconic Black Men
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by Robert Redding, Jr.
4d ago
I remain fascinated at how often white gay men have fueled Black political life. This is on full display in a recent blink-and-miss film produced by former US president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama. Their production company Higher Ground is responsible for the Oscar-nominated film Rustin (2023), which is loosely based on the ..read more
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Meet the APA: Mark van Roojen
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by Erin Shepherd
6d ago
Mark van Roojen is a professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He publishes mainly in ethics and metaethics but has reasonably broad interests and reading habits. He is currently chair of the APA Committee on Lectures, Research, and Publications. How did you come to be a part of the staff/leadership? I think probably ..read more
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Recently Published Book Spotlight: Philosophical Conversations
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by Kristof Van Rossem & Maryellen Stohlman-Vanderveen
1w ago
For more than 20 years, Kristof Van Rossem has worked as an independent trainer in Socratic dialogue in various organizations from businesses to schools, non-profits, and prisons. He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and in Sciences of Religion and currently teaches Business Ethics at Odisee University College of Brussels and provides pedagogical training to ..read more
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How Not to Latinify Philosophy
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by Mariana Alessandri
1w ago
The man in charge of getting me ready for my first round of job interviews asked me to define “The Epoché.” He watched disgustedly as I stumbled through it, sweating like a 9-year-old being quizzed by an overbearing father at the family dinner table. He could have just warned me that, if I were going ..read more
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Philosophy of Economics, Patricia Marino
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by Patricia Marino
1w ago
Philosophy of economics is a topic I became interested in during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. A lot of my post-PhD research before then had been in ethical theory, but I studied math as a graduate student before switching to philosophy, and I’ve retained an interest in the philosophy of mathematics. Opinion pieces ..read more
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Reducing Time to Degree in Philosophy Doctoral Programs
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by Martin Willard & Gina Helfrich
1w ago
Doctoral programs in philosophy, and in the humanities in general, have several structural issues: high attrition rates; inadequate university teaching opportunities relative to the number Ph.D.s awarded each year; a lack of diversity (gender, ethnic, socioeconomic); and unreasonably long time-to-degree (TTD) medians. In this post we discuss TTD—why it’s important, the reasons for reducing TTD ..read more
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Treading Water, or Self-Care and Success as a Graduate Student
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by Brianna Larson
1w ago
‘caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.’ Audre Lorde As I near the end of my first year of my Ph.D., I find myself reflecting on my in-flux mental states during the application process through my integration into a Ph.D. program. I feel drawn to ..read more
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Diversity Statements are Discriminatory and a Waste of Time
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by Perry Hendricks
2w ago
You’re looking for a job. You hear there’s an opening at the local Caregivers Incorporated, a company that serves disabled people. This would be a perfect job for you: the hours are flexible, the pay is decent, and you have some experience as a caregiver. So you go to the website of Caregivers Incorporated and ..read more
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Why Care About Fair Legal Procedures?
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by Alexis Morin-Martel
2w ago
It appears uncontroversial that having proper legal procedures is integral to the legitimacy of any judicial system and that the nature of these procedures matters greatly from a moral perspective. This is particularly true in high-stakes scenarios like criminal trials. Here, procedures that ensure defendants have adequate legal representation, a chance to be heard fairly ..read more
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