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Bader from Oxford to Freibourg

Ralf Bader, until recently an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford, will be taking up a full professorship at Universitaet Freibourg in Switzerland. Professor Bader works in mainly in ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and Kant. You can browse some of his works here. He takes up his new position at Freibourg in January. (via Kacper Kowalczyk) The post Bader from Oxford to Freibourg appeared first on Daily [More]

Why there is a moral duty to vote

In recent years, democracies around the world have witnessed the steady rise of anti-liberal, populist movements. In the face of this trend, some may think it apposite to question the power of elections to protect cherished democratic values. Among some (vocal) political scientists and philosophers today, it is common to hear concern about voter incompetence, which allegedly explains why democracy stands on shaky ground in many places. Do we do well in thinking of voting as a likely threat to fair governance? Julia Maskivker propose a case for thinking of voting as a vehicle for justice, not a paradoxical menace to democracy. The post Why there is a moral duty to vote appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhy young people suffer more from pollutionWhat universities get wrong about free speechIntroducing the nominees for Place of the Year [More]

Beall from Connecticut to Notre Dame

Jc Beall, currently Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, has accepted an offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Beall is known for his work in logic and philosophy of logic. See his site for links to his work (as well as to various elements of the “logic scene”). He also has interests in philosophy of religion and philophical theology, as well as metaphysics and epistemology. Professor Beall has been at the University of Connecticut since 2000, though he has held numerous visiting and fractional appointments at various institutions over the years, and he spent the 2018-19 academic year as a Research Fellow at Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion. He takes up his new position as the O’Neill Family Chair in Philosophy at Notre Dame in the Fall of 2020. The post Beall from Connecticut to Notre Dame appeared first on Daily [More]

APA Project Grant Recipients

The American Philosophical Association (APA) has announced the winners of its 2019-2020 Small Grants and Diversity and Inclusiveness Grants. The Small Grants Program has a pot of $25,000 to split among projects proposed to the APA’s Board. This year’s winners of Small Grants, according to a press release from the APA, are: AAPT Graduate Student and Early Career Seminar on Teaching and Learning, Summer 2020 ($5,000) Project Coordinators: Alexandra Bradner (Kenyon College), Jennifer Mulnix (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), Emily Esch (College of St. Benedict, St. John’s University), Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon University) The American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ biennial Graduate Student and Early Career Seminar on Teaching and Learning brings together philosophers from all over the country to study materials on the teaching of philosophy in a four-day, interactive workshop led by philosophers with pedagogical expertise. The seminar provides participants with research-based best practices from both the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and the science of learning. AAPT Summer Seminar on Teaching and Learning Philosophy ($4,500) Project Coordinators: Stephen K. Miller (Oakwood Friends School and Marist College), Wendy Turgeon (St. Joseph’s College) At the 2020 AAPT Summer Seminar on Teaching and Learning Philosophy, selected high school and middle school educators will discuss new approaches to engaging students with [More]

I Don’t Tweet About The Availability Heuristic As Much As You Think

Charles Lassiter, associate professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University, knows more about my tweeting than I do. Why? Well, for one thing, he also knows more about statistical analysis than I do. But more to the point: Professional philosophy feels like a club where there are insiders and outsiders. Insiders get to refer to famous people by first name and tell silly stories about them. Outsiders smile politely. Social media—and the Interwebs in general—is, I think, one way that the playing field might get leveled… Two possibilities. (1) the Interwebs & social media are the great equalizer. Anyone who wants a shot to get to know a Big Shot can. (2) the Interwebs & social media follow something like a Matthew Effect. So which is it? Who gets talked about in philosophy social media?…  I emailed Dr. Justin Weinberg (I can call you “Justin” now, right? We’re buddies. Oh the many silly things we’ve talked about and done…). I wanted to run the idea past him of analyzing and blogging about the @DailyNousEditor account—hereafter referred to as ‘DN’. He kindly agreed and expressed interest in the results.  (Of course you can call me Justin, Charlie—fun times raiding Hume’s wine cellar with you the other day!) And so Professor Lassiter began his analysis. In a series of posts, he reports on what he found out along the way, including: Who my top Twitter partners have been over the past four years (those to whom I most frequently reply [More]

How to address the enigmas of everyday life

Here are some hard questions: Is the value of human life absolute? Should we conform to the prevalent values? The questions are hard because each has reasonable but conflicting answers. When circumstances force us to face them, we are ambivalent. We realize that there are compelling reasons for both of the conflicting answers. This is not an abstract problem, but a predicament we encounter when we have to make difficult decisions whose consequences affect how we live, our relationships, and our attitude to the society in which we live. The post How to address the enigmas of everyday life appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesOur souls make us who we arePhilosopher of the Month – A 2019 ReviewHow hip hop and diplomacy made an unlikely [More]

Increase in Hiring of Liberal Arts Majors Predicted for 2020

“The biggest workplace gaps throughout technology evolution will rely on the soft skills that are cultivated by a liberal arts education instead of technical expertise.” That’s the assessment of Dan Schwabel, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur, in this year’s edition of his “Top 10 Workplace Trends” column, published at LinkedIn. His selection of the top trends is based on “hundreds of conversations with executives and workers, a series of national and global online surveys, and secondary research from more than 450 different research sources, including colleges, consulting firms, non-profits, the government and trade associations.” Number 6 on his list of trends for 2020 is “the return of the liberal arts major.” Here’s Schwabel’s elaboration on this particular trend: AI will automate technical skills and drive the demand for soft skills like creativity, communicate and empathy. While there’s been such a focus on recruiting STEM over the past several years, those majors will continue to lose relevance, while liberal arts majors will become more valuable to companies moving forward. Since 2009, it was believed that STEM degree recipients would have job stability, and command high salaries, while liberal arts majors would be unemployable. The fact is that while liberal arts majors have lower starting salaries, their salaries rise much quicker over the course of their lives than STEM [More]

Philosophy Graduate Program Application Information Spreadsheet

Someone created a useful tool for students applying to graduate programs in philosophy: an admissions and application spreadsheet. It lists many* programs (from North America) along with information about deadlines, test requirements, language requirements, and so on, and provides links to the various graduate programs’ websites. It was created by a graduate student who initially posted it at The Grad Cafe. You can access the spreadsheet directly here. *Not all. For example, the University of South Carolina is missing from the list. Information about that program is here. Feel free to list information about other programs not currently on the spreadsheet in the comments. The post Philosophy Graduate Program Application Information Spreadsheet appeared first on Daily [More]

Philosopher of the Month – A 2019 Review

As 2019 draws to a close, we look back at the philosophers who have featured in our monthly Philosopher of the Month posts and their significant contribution to philosophy and the history of intellectual thought. The post Philosopher of the Month – A 2019 Review appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesThomas Kuhn and the paradigm shift – Philosopher of the MonthMary Astell on female education and the sorrow of marriage (philosopher of the month)Eight things you didn’t know about George [More]

New Tool for Exploring Philosophy is an online tool that maps relationships between concepts and thinkers in philosophy and enables the user to visually explore the "philosophical space" around an idea or thinker. The tool was created by Stefan Haselwimmer. The system allows anyone with a web browser to take a visual overview of philosophical research and zoom into specific areas of interest. [More]

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