Top News, Articles, and Interviews in Philosophy

Explaining Evil: Four Views

2019.09.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews W. Paul Franks (ed.), Explaining Evil: Four Views, Bloomsbury, 2019, 180pp., $27.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781501331121. Reviewed by Matthew K. Douglass, Ouachita Baptist University When confronted with the reality of widespread and terrible suffering, we naturally seek an explanation for why such things happen. In their attempts to make sense of suffering, philosophers have settled on a handful of ways to discuss the problem, dividing it up into smaller, more manageable pieces. It is common, for instance, to distinguish suffering caused by human cruelty from suffering that follows from indifferent laws of nature. Some philosophers address specific instances of suffering that are so horrific or seemingly pointless that they defy explanation, while others focus on why there is so much suffering in the world and why it is unfairly distributed. However, the problem of evil is parsed, it is typically stated as a problem for theism. If... Read [More]

Appeal to Purity Fallacy

Time to put out another fallacy collection; my goal is to include all major fallacies in this upcoming book. Here is my write up of the Appeal to Purity Fallacy; also known as the No True Scotsman fallacy. This fallacy occurs when there is an attempt to protect a generalization about a group from a [More]

Assistant Professor - Philosophy and Statistics (tenure stream)

Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  University of Toronto Town:  Toronto Country:  Canada Job Description:  Job Reference # 1903570 The Department of Philosophy and the Department of Statistical Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position held jointly in the Department of Philosophy (51%) and the Department of Statistical Sciences (49%) in the area of Philosophy and Statistics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence July 1, 2020, or shortly [More]

Understanding the Multi-functional Nature of the Countryside

It is tempting to see the countryside through a haze of a pink washed nostalgia as somewhere where life continues with a perceived simplicity in tandem with the seasons and inherited practises. However, just as urban areas change and evolve, so does the countryside. With this, comes a more complex wordscape that combines the traditional language of […] The post Understanding the Multi-functional Nature of the Countryside appeared first on [More]

Study on Philosophy Job Market Underway

A team of researchers is conducting a study of the job market in academic philosophy and is currently seeking participants. Charles Lassiter (philosophy, Gonzaga University), Shane Wilkins (philosophy, USDA), and Sarah Arpin (psychology, Gonzaga University) write in with the following description and request: If you are planning to apply for academic jobs this year, we hope you’ll consider participating in our study “The Philosophy Job Market: Applicant Profiles and CV Review.”  Our aim in this first phase is to get a picture of job market applicants: what journals are they publishing in (if at all)? for how many classes are they the instructor of record (if at all)? There has been, as far as we know, no systematic attempt to collect information about people going into the job market. In the second phase of this study, we will the collected information to randomly generate CVs and investigate the behavior of potential search committee members in reviewing them. In consultation with the Gonzaga University IRB, it was determined that IRB approval was not needed for this phase project. IRB approval will be obtained for the second phase. Nonetheless, all responses will be kept private and information secured on the hard drives of the investigators. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a drawing for two $25 Amazon gift cards. If you are willing to participate, you can find the survey here. Please email Charles [More]

Remembering from the Outside: Personal Memory and the Perspectival Mind

2019.09.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Jude McCarroll, Remembering from the Outside: Personal Memory and the Perspectival Mind, Oxford University Press, 2018, 220pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190674267. Reviewed by Felipe De Brigard, Duke University Until very recently, the field of philosophy of memory was almost non-existent. But in the last decade, there has been such a resurgence of interest in philosophical questions pertaining to memory and remembering that it is becoming one of the most active areas in the philosophy of mind. Christopher Jude McCarroll's book is a wonderful addition to this fascinating and growing research area. In it, McCarroll discusses an intriguing phenomenon: the fact that we often remember autobiographical episodic memories, both voluntarily and involuntarily, from a point of view other than the one from which we experienced the original event. Known in the psychological literature as the field/observer distinction, memory's capacity to shift perspectives has intrigued researchers since, at least, Giovanni Nigro and Ulric... Read [More]

Our Political Economy

IF YOU LISTEN to a conversation about money or work among scholars, you are likely to hear a stock set of responses. Grousing will predominate, interspersed with irritation at a generalized administrative overlord. Performances of bureaucratic cluelessness will occur alongside assertions from those who claim to know how it works (while underlining they do not like how it works). There will be a shared sense that being disoriented is the right affective baseline; acting like the material fact of their professional lives actually makes sense is the only real solecism. Our obligation is to be annoyed but helpless. We are just nerds, after [More]