Hannah Arendt to Mary McCarthy, August 20, 1954
At the moment, translating the old book [The Origins of Totalitarianism] into German, I am unhappy and impatient to get back to what I really want to do [likely her reflections on labor, work, and action]—if I can do it. But that is minor, I mean whether or not I am capable of doing what I want to do. Heinrich [Blücher] has a wonderful advice to give to his students when they talk about studying philosophy: he tells them you can do it only if you know that the most important thing in your life would be to succeed in this and the second most important thing, almost as important, to fail in precisely this.
This cool infographic was created by Merrill Cook and posted on superscholar.org. But, umm, couldn’t we get some of the women in the picture? Read more…
If you are a philosopher in the English speaking world, you no doubt know that the old self-appointed emperor has lost his clothes. As of this writing, more than 520 philosophers (including the original signatories at the top) have signed a statement that they will decline to support his Philosophical Gourmet Report so long as he’s running it. Twenty-four members of his board have asked him to relinquish management. Since I’ve been one of the characters in this tale, I’ve been keeping up with all the talk in the philosophy blogosphere. For those interested in what’s going on, Leigh M Johnson has been keeping track here. Also Richard Heck is starting to collect accounts and analyses of what is wrong with the methodology of rankings in general and the Philosophical Gourmet Report in particular on his blog here.
The list of philosophers unwilling to take part in the Philosophical Gourmet Report so long as Brian Leiter is editing it keeps growing: https://sites.google.com/site/septemberstatement/ . Any philosophy professor with an academic appointment is invited to join the list. You need not be someone who would have been likely to be an evaluator.
If you wish to add your name to those declining for these reasons to volunteer their services to the PGR while under the control of Brian Leiter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and affiliation.
Please use your verifiable university email account to avoid confusion.
Congrats to our brilliant PhDs for the positions they are getting:
This semester I am teaching a graduate seminar on Habermas & His Critics. Putting the syllabus together was quite a feat, and so I want to share it with my dear readers. Feel free to offer ideas for the next time I teach this. And also feel free to borrow liberally for your own teaching. Read more…