Monday, August 29, 2011

Philosopher's Canival (Aug 29, 2011)

Greetings to everyone in philosophy land. Today PhilosoraptErs is hosting  The Philosopher's Carnival, which is a project started to help philosophy bloggers receive some attention for the posts they believe are their best and to help summarize them into a post for readers. There were a limited number of submissions for this edition of the Philosophers Carnival, some submissions were omitted because they were off the topic of philosophy or contained limited philosophical interest. I hope you enjoy the submissions for this edition

PhilosoraptErs is a blog I started when I realized how much information is out there about how to survive as a professional philosopher. I felt other students of philosophy could use some of the information I found and this blog is my way of sharing it (See ABOUT for more information). 

The Submissions:

An interesting post on how having graduate assistance can help a professors prestige in several different ways. Particularly the post's focus is on how professors who manage to do a lot (publish, give papers, interviews etc...) are enabled to do this because of their graduate assistants. The student has limited experience with how graduate assistantships work, but does bring up some interesting points.

This is an interesting post about some of the free resources available for students interesting in theology which are available online. 

Why I Subscribe (Mostly) To Stoicism

The title does a pretty good job of explaining this post. Over all it's a very simple introduction to stoicism. It gives an interpretation of stoicism that seems a bit off the mark as far as a rigorous academic paper goes, but for a blog post it makes for a nice read. I'm not a expert on stoicism so take my opinion with a grain of salt. 
Mostly this is a flow of consciousness post criticizing the American ideological system of power and greed. I'm glad that this young man is evaluating his social indoctrination into this system of belief, but there is nothing interesting in it that has not been said before. We could use more young people who begin questioning their belief systems. 

This post speaks about the recent actions taken in Egypt and Libya. Its a commentary on the idea of democracy and how democracy itself can be tyrannical.  

 Whether democratically, autocratically, or philosophically, it is important to recognize the line between protecting freedom by protecting individual rights (such as the right to live and pursue happiness) and the destruction of rights in the name of democracy.

This is one of my own posts from a while ago. It summarizes and gives links on various issues in professional philosophy which I think warrant being talked about.  I am by no means an expert with regard to any of these issues but would love any feedback, corrections, or links to additional resources.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of The Philosopher's Carnival.

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