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John Protevi
Baton Rouge LA
I'm a philosopher, though I work in a French department.
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1) McAdams violated Abbate's academic freedom (which involves teaching / class management). 2) He violated Abbate's right to mentorship by professors. 3) He should have realized Abbate would get hate mail; he’s a professor of political science who lists “public... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at John Protevi's Blog
University Board Chair Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you recall what John Dewey once said about universities? Department Chair Lionel Mandrake: No, I don't think I do, sir, no. Jack D. Ripper: He said universities were too important to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I am really proud to co-sign this Open Letter by Mark Alfano on the University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation strike. (See here at Lawyers Guns and Money and here at Daily Nous for background. Also here for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
UPDATE: Sat 22 Nov 6pm. President Lovell has released a Letter to the MU community. Although it doesn't name names, it is nonetheless a good sign to see this: We are dedicated to uphold academic freedom and to maintain an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
In this recent blog post Professor John McAdams makes a blunder, which I correct in a comment left at his place, reproduced here: --- Professor McAdams, the sentences you attribute to me were instead made by Justin Weinberg, Associate Professor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette University, Dr. Richard C. Holz, Interim Provost, Marquette University, Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, Dear Dean Holz and Provost Callahan: I write to express my deep concern about the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
The Great Leiter, who once bestrode the philosophy blogosphere as a Colossus, now reduced to SPEP-bashing to deflect from his crumbling mainstream support. Some points: 1. Many of the most trenchant critics of the PGR, such as Bharath Vallabha, Jessica... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Meir, thousands and thousands and thousands of events at universities across the world don't have "different opinions and views"; in fact the overwhelming large majority of them are of this format. The proper balance is achieved by considering all the events a university schedules over the course of a year or two. It is only when someone presenting a Palestinian viewpoint is scheduled that the cry for "different opinions and views" *on the very same stage* goes up. So indeed, let's stick to facts in discussing Salaita's talk at BC.
1. On the proper interpretation of the AAUP's statements (following the lead of John K Wilson): The AAUP’s 1940 “Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure” explicitly states that when faculty “speak or write as citizens, they should be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Attempt at a non-exhaustive typology: in the recent discussions of the PGR, I think we can find two main critiques (excerpts and comments below the fold): 1) the closed ecosystem critique (exemplified by Bharath Vallabha's piece; and 2) the restriction... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Adapted from this talk at the 2013 Eastern APA on conference organizing; I'm here addressing the question of ranking philosophy departments. I think this would hold even for specialty rankings, and if it does there, it would hold a fortiori... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I ran this post in 2011 and 2012 over at New APPS. The comments over there are well worth reading or re-reading. Here is the main body of the post again, as it's that time of the year. (The intro... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog Part I: Accelerate: What are you doing to ensure the accuracy of your testing? The key is minimizing the variability that traditionally contributes to error in the lab process. Ninety-three percent of error is associated with what’s called pre-analytic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
but I'll say it anyway: whatever criticisms I have of the PGR, I won't ever fail to acknowledge that Brian Leiter's work on the Salaita case is admirably clear, informed, and important. Today's post is no exception: Prof. Salaita was,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I gave a talk recently in Anne Sauvagnargue's seminar held at the ENS. Below the fold, notes for the opening of the talk, a select bibliography, and a chart of concepts. La question de la guerre "pré-étatique." Il faut les... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Hi Roberta, in an exchange with magicalersatz at FP, she pointed out that the SS simply says "benefits," so someone could say the costs outweigh the benefits and still sign it. I hesitated before signing it because as I put it, I didn't see net benefits, but the "net" is an addition, and if you take that away, the inconsistency goes away too. So I ended up signing the SS too. As for the inevitability of rankings, I'm not sure. I think evaluation is inevitable, but that could take the form of coarse-grained ratings. In any case, I thought there was shared sentiment for the OS or no rankings position so I wanted to provide a place for people to affirm that position.
The September Statement contains a begged question [see Update 2 below]: We are only declining to volunteer our services to the PGR while it is under the control of Brian Leiter. With a different leadership structure, the benefits of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
It is with great regret that we share the sad news that our long-time colleague and friend, John Jefferson (Jeff) Humphries, LSU Foundation Professor of French Studies and of English, passed away on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at his home in NewOrleans. Jeff Humphries was a person of great talents... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at In Memoriam Jeff Humphries
Dear Jon, I am sorry I allowed my feelings to get the better of me Sunday 7 September. It was wrong of me to moderate the thread. My psychological state at the time can partially explain, but not morally excuse, my actions.
Mike Otsuka of the LSE has some important reflections on the departmental no confidence votes at UIUC. ---- We should not underestimate the significance of the 15 Departmental votes of no confidence in Chancellor Wise (and those above her) at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
September 11, 2014 Dear Colleagues at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I am writing to you in your capacity as heads of those departments that have voted “no confidence” in Chancellor Wise, following her decision to terminate Dr. Steven Salaita’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I don't think I'm unique when I say I was motivated to join the #boycottUIUC movement for two reasons. 1) I support academic freedom and faculty governance, the issues raised by the #Salaita case, and it's just wrong of Wise,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I would say I'm a Strong Contextualist when thinking about how we act in our different social roles. In particular, I don't think there's much evidence of carryover from how we act in our online persona and our meatspace performances.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Monday 8 August, 2014 Board of Trustees University of Illinois Dr Phyllis Wise Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dear Members of the Board Dear Chancellor Wise Please find attached a pledge by 550 philosophers to, at the minimum, refuse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Saying about a statement of Jones that "I can't believe a professional philosopher would say X is an ad hominem" =/= "I can't believe Jones is a professional philosopher." It means Jones has really fucked up the meaning of the term ad hominem. As for Ed having to have a comprehensive understanding of your life in order to say that IN THIS POST that you "seem to have lost perspective on the larger fact of those systems of exclusion and the need to work to ameliorate them is disappointing, to say the least" -- that is absurd. It creates such a barrier to criticize your performance that only the author of your biography could ever criticize something you write. And that is something I can't believe a professional philosopher would fail to see the self-serving nature of.