What Counts as Philosophy?

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?

Philosophy and the City

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

Public Scholarship Conference

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 nmcafee@gmu.edu.

The Congo

There is an epidemic of rape occurring in the Congo. Jan Goodwin documented this three years ago for The Nation: Last May, 6-year-old Shashir was playing outside her home near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), when armed militia appeared. The terrified child was carried kicking and screaming into the bush. There,… Continue reading The Congo

Long time, No blog

The summer was really hectic: finished editing a book; hung out with my kids; did lots of good work with the Kettering Foundation; worked on other projects. But not enough — there’s never enough time in a summer. At the end of May, the summer stretches out in all its glory, seemingly ample time to… Continue reading Long time, No blog

Political Crimes

I love this excerpt from Rajeev Barghava’s essay on truth commissions. He explains the difference between a political cirme an an everyday crime. A political crime aims to undermine someone’s sense of or title as a member of a political community, as someone worth hearing and heading.  Such seems to be at work in instances… Continue reading Political Crimes

Obscene Amounts: 100 million bucks

Here’s the CNN tally for first quarter fundraising for presidential candidates, not including Obama: The List from Alexander Mooney –> WASHINGTON (CNN) — Below is a list of money raised by the candidates, according to figures provided by their campaigns: Democrats   Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, $26 million Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North… Continue reading Obscene Amounts: 100 million bucks