“Wanted: Non-Philosophers To Do Philosophy”

The National Endowment for the Humanities is offering grants to academics outside of philosophy to develop courses on “enduring questions” that have long been the domain of philosophers and philosophy classes: They make the dubious and ambiguous claim that these questions are “pre-disciplinary” because they are, supposedly “questions to which no discipline or field can [Read More...]

Anachronistic Narratives and Students’ Attempts To Understand Abolitionism

Via Open Left comes these remarks (worth reading in full) from Clio Bluestocking on the appallingly shallow and badly framed ways that her students are conceiving of the abolitionist movement: For example, in the past few years, I have read essays that refer to the conditions of slavery as a “lifestyle.” I have read essays [Read More...]

Chegg Profits Off Of Renting Textbooks

As a bibliophilic teacher who held onto nearly every book he bought for college, I can’t say I’m thrilled by the “I’d rather just rent” attitude towards the value of books required for courses.  But on the upside the students who were going to re-sell their textbooks anyway probably now save much more on each [Read More...]

Freethinkers Camp In UK

From The Guardian, via The Reason Project Stein said the camp was not only for the offspring of atheists or “irreligious” parents. “It is a secular alternative open to children of parents of all faiths and none,” she said. “It is not about changing what they think, but the way that they think. There is [Read More...]

International Study of Darwin Awareness and Acceptance

Found this on PZ Myers. Overall good news that even though there are still some countries depressingly uninformed about Darwin— The results show that the majority of people polled have heard of Charles Darwin with the highest levels of awareness in Russia (93%), Mexico (91%), Great Britain (91%), and China (90%) whilst less than half [Read More...]

UCLA Hit Hard By Economy

Leiter reports that In 2008-09, UCLA searched to fill 74 faculty lines; in 2009-10, UCLA will search to fill just 20 faculty positions. He links to this detailed account: “The cuts we’re going to face in the next fiscal year are permanent,” Mitchell said. “The state won’t just recover and put the money back. It’s [Read More...]

A Note For Philosophy Non-Specialists About This Blog

Please, if your specialization in life is not philosophy, do not feel unwelcomed when encountering the sorts of detailed phiosophical discussion that this blog specializes in. When I write on here I am going to write in the clearest and most precise way I can about the philosophical issues that arise in my research on [Read More...]

New Spoon EP Coming Tuesday

Great news! The new is EP is called Got Nuffin’ and it releases June 30th.  To celebrate, here’s a great Spoon song! with a cool video made from old educational videos! [Read more...]

No More Theology Departments?

I still have to get to replying to a few outstanding comments but in the meantime, I figured I’d quickly address this question from Evangelos: would you contend that theology departments should not exist at the academic level, even if they were challenging traditional beliefs (I’m thinking of this fellow who appeared on Colbert a [Read More...]


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