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Social decisions are sometimes made by single individuals or small groups and sometimes by a widely encompassing set of traditional rules for making the social choice in any given situation, e.g., a religious code.1 The last two methods of making social choices are in a sense extreme opposites, developments of... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited guest post by Joel Katzav--ES.] My post today has two primary aims. First, I aim to explain how the institutional setup of modern Indian (academic) philosophy during (roughly) the period 1925-1970 allowed it to thrive despite adverse academic circumstances in India at the time. Second, I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Digressions&Impressions
Ingrid and Fleur, let me start by stating that there are forms of co-authorship that are clearly problematic (and in the low countries context especially frequent: supervisors adding their names to their PhD students's efforts, or even effacing their students' efforts in their own publications). FWIW: to guard against that familiar temptation I basically never co-author with my own PhD students (during their PhD). So, I can see why you may worry. But that's not what I have in mind or recommending. Moreover, I am making no claim that "childless academics *have* to do more work." I think that misreading is very revealing about the zero-sum, exploitative, and overworked environments we find ourselves in, in fact. Rather, all I am assuming is that (i) some partnerships can have unequal division of labors and yet be non-exploitative, and (ii) that if you qua overworked academic parent/lover want an otherwise utterly equal child-less or non-parenting academic to co-author with you (and be willing to write a first draft especially), you need to make yourself an attractive co-author along some other dimension--that's not impossible because there may be all kinds of benefits of writing and publishing with you (established scholar that you are). I have not argued for (i) and maybe that's required. I agree with what Ingrid says about leisure--a word I did not use in my original post.
Fleur, I am unsure I am following your train of thought (along different dimensions), so I am unsure what to elaborate on. But for the record: I do not think leisure requires justification!
Fleur, could you say more about your question? Is it a question about the practicalities of co-authoring (which can, in fact, be very time-consuming) or is there an ethical concern about (say) off-loading work to others lurking in your question?
Bence, you just outed me!
Let me distinguish, for the sake of argument, among three stylized attitudes toward one's academic (tenured) position. A: It pays the bills; work is work. B: It's a fun and challenging way to earn a decent salary, but there is more to living. C: It's the best form of escapism... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
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The presence of different nations under the same sovereignty is similar in its effect to the independence of the Church in the State. It provides against the servility which flourishes under the shadow of a single authority, by balancing interests, multiplying associations, and giving to the subject the restraint and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
My father, Manfred Stanley, passed away in 2004. By the normal methods of calculating such things, he was not a wealthy man. What he lacked in material resources he more than made up for in other ways. In addition to thousands of his books, I have many boxes of his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
I think we can reasonably expect ethicists to shape and improve their personal behavior in a way that is informed by their professional ethical reasoning. This is not because ethicists have a special burden as exemplars but rather because it's reasonable to expect everyone to use the tools at their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Brexit has turned the floodlights on it, exposing, so that all can readily see, the deepest fault line in the politics of Western nations today. It is along this line that the bitterest and most fateful political battles in our time are likely to be fought....What we are seeing is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
THE rich development of historical studies in the nineteenth century transformed men's views about their origins and the importance of growth, development and time. The causes of the emergence of the new historical consciousness were many and diverse. Those most often given are the rapid and profound transformation of human... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Senate of the State of Neva Jersey: I am very grateful to you for the honorable reception of which I have been the object. I cannot but remember the place that New Jersey holds in our early history. In the Revolutionary struggle few of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
It sounds like you agree with me, Dr. Gonda!
The liberal imagination was not always so constrained, at least in regard to nationalism. In the heyday of what has been called "liberal nationalism" - the nationalism of liberation rather than domination - the preeminent liberal, John Stuart Mill, made just such distinctions and judgments. Mill was a great champion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown up to maturity, is not upon many occasions so much the cause, as the effect of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an invited guest post by Mohan Matthen, who went from Delhi to Stanford University for his doctoral studies; he is currently Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto.*--ES] Recently, Joel Katzav has been writing about the inclusion of Indian philosophers in what he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
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Some general, and even systematical, idea of the perfection of policy and law, may no doubt be necessary for directing the views of the statesman. But to insist upon establishing, and upon establishing all at once, and in spite of all opposition, every thing which that idea may seem to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Yes, that would be obvious, important next step. (I smell a grant proposal to do research on this!)
[This is a another, invited Guest Post by Joel Katzav.--ES] I previously documented (see here) how modern Indian philosophy disappeared from the pages of Mind around about 1925 and from the pages of the Philosophical Review (PR) around about 1948. The disappearances, I observed, can be attributed to the takeover... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
This morning I was reading a draft chapter by one of my talented PhD students, Laura Georgescu. Her (fascinating!) work is on the edge of my own expertise and so the bibliographic notes are (to me!) not standard, that is, they also involve citations to works that I sometimes would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Factions subvert government, render laws impotent, and beget the fiercest animosities among men of the same nation, who ought to give mutual assistance and protection to each other.--David Hume.* Unlike Hume (and like Schattschneider (recall)--a name I never encountered in professional philosophy, although he is significant in the history of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Mr. Denyer, I am willing to grant that, perhaps, I overstated the case against Geach (who surely expounded views with which he disagreed), although I do not withdraw the claim that he is exemplary of a certain kind of intellectual bullying that helped facilitate analytical philosophy's institutional power. (Your unwillingness to even confront that part -- the main part -- of the issue kind of suggests you share in the vice I attribute to Geach?) But as I pointed out, I don't think the McTaggart book really undermines my position (although I'll happily re-read it at some point): Geach is sympathetic to McTaggart in so far as it serves him to advance his own philosophical purposes (which are not McTaggart's)--again, he does not develop the resources to understand McTaggart's Hegelianism (and so Geach's sympathy is rather limited). And, as I pointed out above, I strongly suspect that the turn to McTaggart is motivated by Dummett. Since we're fast reaching diminishing returns in this exchange, I'll happily let you have the last word.
The alliance that’s beginning to form between Zionist leadership and politicians with anti-Semitic tendencies has the power to transform Jewish-American consciousness for years to come. In the last few decades, many of America’s Jewish communities have grown accustomed to living in a political contradiction. On one hand, a large majority... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Digressions&Impressions
Thank you for this. I don't mean to suggest that all business deals are zero-sum (I am something of an Adam Smith expert so I am familiar with this view!); I just mean to suggest that Trump's self-presentation as a deal-maker tends to portray deals as zero sum.