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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. 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
http://www.wired.com/2014/02/elizabeth-holmes-theranos/ 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
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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
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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.
"language-policing" dafuq? do you even lift bro? I don't language-police; you want to snark with me you can bring it on. otherwise STFU.
I cannot believe a professional philosopher thinks "The fact that Jon seems 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" constitutes an ad hominem. Seriously, this is very weak sauce.
Christ, you are thick. My whole point is that critiques of ableist metaphors go by different rules than snark at philosobros.
Jon, you are conflating my (controversial, I'll admit) tactic of snarking at repeated anti-feminist trolls (or culpably ignorant philosobros) with "language policing" around ableist metaphors. (Side note: I wish you had done me the courtesy of citing my post on that: http://www.newappsblog.com/2012/02/in-defense-of-snark-or-breaking-down-the-walls-of-the-universal-seminar-room.html) That conflation, however, is really damaging, and fits right in to a reactionary bemoaning of the "PC is destroying America" type. Look at it this way: to be an anti-feminist in 2014 is a lot different from not having been sensitized to ableist metaphors in 2014. The latter is akin to not being sensitized to patriarchal metaphors in 1971; there is a legitimate question as to tactics with dealing with those unaware of ableist metaphors, but to conflate that with the question of how best to deal with anti-feminist trolls in 2014 is a very disappointing move.
Where does Lance call you a bad person, or even imply it? His whole comment is based upon the discrepancy of your goodness as a person and the shockingly bad performance of this post and comment thread. Do you really not understand that someone can say "Jones is a great person but he really fucked up in this instance, and that's what's so surprising"?
Please send links and I'll fill them in later. 1) American Indian Studies 2) Asian-American Studies 3) Philosophy 4) English 5) Latina/Latino Studies 6) History 7) Comparative and World Literature (download a pdf by clicking the link) 8) Anthropology 9)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
I will update as needed. Please comment below with links, or email me at protevi@lsu.edu 1. Modern Language Association (MLA) 2. Association of American University Professors (AAUP) 3. American Historical Association (AHA) 4. American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 5. American... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog
Link. The statment: On September 2, 2014, the faculty of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign cast a vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees, President Robert Easter, and Chancellor Phyllis Wise. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at John Protevi's Blog