Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Here's the bottom line: the only publication on which philosophers make significant income are very widely used textbooks (i.e, ones widely assigned in undergraduate courses)....The amount earned on most other philosophical publications is very modest.Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to PhilosoraptErs@gmail.com
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
| microphilosophy podcast #3 |
Source: blog.talkingphilosophy.com In the latest microphilosophy podcast, tpm’s editor-in-chief Julian Baggini talks to John Gray about some of the ideas that emerge from his latest book, The Immortalization Commission: The Strange Quest to Cheat Death, . Download from this link, or iTunes, . The podcast was recorded at the Bristol Festival of Ideas, in May, at the Arnolfini, .
I am a philosophy professor and have long followed and profited from In Socrates Wake - thanks for sharing your wisdom! I use rubrics for paper assignments; I've found them very useful - both pedagogically, and for grading - and I am constantly tweaking them from semester to semester. I wonder what other peoples' rubrics look like - it would be nice to have a collection of them with comments from their creators about what they like and don't like about them.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
(July 12, 2011) - Following Governor Brown's signing of a final budget that cuts state funding for the California State University by $650 million for 2011-12, the CSU Board of Trustees took action today to increase tuition by an additional 12 percent – or $294 per semester for full-time undergraduates - effective in the fall. Previously, university officials had indicated if the system was cut beyond the initial $500 million reduction adopted by the legislature in March, it would be necessary to return to the board in July for tuition action. In addition, a 10 percent or $222 per semester tuition increase for fall had already been approved by trustees last November.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Novels where philosophical ideas form the main crux of the narrative.
This category has the following 9 subcategories, out of 9 total.
- [+] British philosophical novels (1 C)
- [×] A Clockwork Orange (9 P)
- [×] Existentialist novels (41 P)
- [×] Fahrenheit 451 (3 P)
The following 119 pages are in this category, out of 119 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
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Monday, July 18, 2011
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Friday, July 15, 2011
Jeff Dean, Ph.D. Executive Editor, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
What are the top 3 things to avoid when selling oneself to hiring managers who are not philosophers?
- Don't talk about your research or philosophical interests (or, if invited to do so, keep it very brief and general). Don't present yourself (or think of yourself) as being smarter than others who may be up for the job or already doing it; you may or may not be more intellectual, but this will often have no bearing on how well you can do what's required of you.
The big thought behind the project is that philosophy has became such a vast and specialised subject during the last hundred years that not even the most learned student can keep track of it. The obvious next step seems to be the production of a clear and comprehensive map of what has been achieved.PhilosophyIdeas is meant as a tiny contribution to that task, though it began as a tool for helping students to write essays.
The database is built on a thematic structure (designed by the compiler), with about a thousand sub-divisions. The structure can be downloaded for critical inspection. Each idea is assigned a number, and is then quoted in full or in somewhat compressed form. There is then a short 'gist' of the idea, intended to be concise and clear, and a tiny 'brief' form, used in the full index download. There may be a 'clarification' of unusual terms, and frequently a 'reaction' from the compiler (to stimulate active thinking). The reactions sometimes mention the index numbers of other related ideas. Finally each idea is uniquely assigned to one of the themes. Searching for ideas by theme is one of the main features of the site, and several themes can also be combined, for more complex topics.
Each idea has a text cited as the primary source, and often there is a secondary source. In addition, an actual book or journal is usually given, where a text can be found. Searches can be made for individual texts, and ideas from the text displayed thematically (try Plato's 'Republic', for example). The finder of an obscure idea is not necessarily credited, but equally this site does not expect to be cited for its discoveries.
Ideas are also grouped under 'philosopher', and searches are available for all the ideas of one philosopher, or for comparisons between two or three philosophers. Various other features (such as a glossary of Greek philosophical terms) are available for those willing to dig around.
It took twelve years to compile the first 10,000 ideas, and the project is constantly developing. Initially the intellectual rewards were slight, but databases get more interesting as they grow...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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Monday, July 4, 2011
Innovations?! Well, no. Here is yet another of my frequent complaints! Textbooks in ethics (and in Intro to Philosophy, and in Philosophy of Science, and in Environmental Philosophy, and I'm sure in most of our other areas) go through frequent editions but each edition contains the same old topics with the same old papers.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011
An interesting suggestion for rectifying the lack of diversity in philosophy with respect to sex, gender, race, and disability. I'm curious about how this will play out. While I would love to see philosophy become more diverse I worry that quality may be sacrificed if this is taken too far.
Shelley Tremain has offered this proposal for discussion: