Years ago a friend confided at the dinner table that he felt no connection to the events he read about in the paper. He noticed that other people felt appalled or sad or moved by the terrible events they read about, but to him they were just words on paper. He recognized it was strange… Continue reading On Feeling Others’ Pain
A coalition of citizens’ groups, including the National Organization for Women and Consumers Union, is asking people to write to their members of Congress in a campaign to “stop big media.” I know leaders of many of these organizations and can attest that they’re doing good work. Their draft letter is as follows: I am… Continue reading Diversifying Media Ownership
Apart from the question of “Who has the rights to the lands of Palestine?” little can be more contentious than the question, “What counts as philosophy?” What are the bounds of this discipline of ours? I like to think that there aren’t any clear and proper boundaries but that there is a roughly common approach… Continue reading What Counts as Philosophy?
This morning, up the road a ways in Annapolis, MD, the Bush administration is hosting belated Mideast Peace Talks between Israel and Palestine. Maybe this is just a last race to save face for the Bush administration after all it has done to create havoc in the Middle East. But still we all hope for… Continue reading Slouching Toward Annapolis
My friend and colleague in philosophy, Sharon Meagher, is starting up a really great project on philosophy and the city. The premise is that philosophy is at its best bound up with the public affairs of a particular place. Meagher argues that the philosophical pretense to adopt a “view from nowhere” ignores the ways in… Continue reading Philosophy and the City
Why are women only 21% of faculty in philosophy compared to 41% in the humanities overall? See links on the SWIP page for thoughts on this question as well as a post on Lemmings. Here’s an additional possibility: Might it be that conventional philosophy in America styles itself more like the sciences than like the… Continue reading Women, Children, and Philosophy
The other day someone named Ann posted a comment to an earlier thread about philosophy rankings, including Brian Leiter’s Philosophical Gourmet Report. The upshot of her comment is that (1) she recalls a paper “statistically analysing the feedback and showing near total consensus amongst faculty from the entire range of depts assessed as to who… Continue reading Philosophy Rankings
George Mason University and the University of Maryland are co-hosting a conference on public scholarship June 10-11, 2008, at Mason’s Arlington campus. The event is also sponsored by The Democracy Imperative and the Kettering Foundation. A call for papers is forthcoming. In the meantime send inquiries to the event’s organizer, Noelle McAfee, at email@example.com.