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The account is consistent with what I remember of Gage's doctor's two accounts of Gage -- one from right after the accident and one after Gage's death. For anyone interested, the citations for those are: Harlow, JM (1848) "Passage of an iron bar through the head." Boston Medical and Surgical Journal 39. Harlow, JM (1868) "Recovery from the passage of an iron bar through the head." Presentation to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Reprinted in: History of Psychiatry 4 (1993). doi: 10.1177/0957154X9300401407 For now at least, you can find them online, without a paywall, at and respectively.
I recently picked up Walter Sinnott-Armstrong's Moral Dilemmas (Blackwell, 1988), which developed from his doctoral dissertation. Having written a serviceable but undistinguished dissertation myself—one that would be wholly unsuitable for publication as a book—I'm always impressed by people whose dissertations are good enough to publish. It occurred to me that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Elsevier and other publishers keep tight control over the published versions of their journal articles. Since we cite papers by page number, this means that scholars must access the published version to cite a paper. Solution? Start numbering our sections and cite each other by section number. But would it work? How might the publishers respond? Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Ethicist Paul Kelleher explains a nice method for getting feedback on your papers: 1. Write draft. 2. Convert to a 30 min talk. 3. Get some philosophy pals to hear talk via Google hangout. 4. 30 min q&a. 5. Better paper!— Paul Kelleher (@kelleher_) December 5, 2013 Not only does... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Here's why more philosophers should use Twitter professionally. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By sheer chance, I stumbled on the following snippet from the game theorist Ariel Rubinstein, which is posted (for some reason) as an abstract in PhilPapers: Let me start with what you should not do. Do not attend too many seminars in your own field. Otherwise you may simply end... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Many introductory philosophy students seem to have what Ambrose et al. call "misconceptions" about morality. That is, they use implicit models of morality that are deeply embedded and at least partly false. Ambrose et al. warn that misconceptions can be overcome by carefully designed instruction. The first step in overcoming misconceptions, however, is identifying them. This post examines some of the false beliefs about morality that many students bring to introductory philosophy courses. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Especially when submitting to top journals, the best one can hope for is often a "revise & resubmit" (R&R) verdict: The editors aren't willing to publish your paper, but they're willing to reconsider it if you revise it in light of the reviewers' comments. An old post from Get a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Via Feminist Philosophers and The Economist, I just learned of a recent study on gender and citations in political science. In political science, the study finds, women's papers tend to be cited less often than men's papers are, even "after controlling for a large number of variables including year of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Many of our readers may be interested in applying for a spot in next year's Young Philosophers Lecture Series at SUNY Fredonia. A "young philosopher," in this context, is anyone who has received a PhD in philosophy in the last six years or expects to complete his or her PhD... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Marcus has been obliging Matt in his request for more autobiography.I thought I'd recount a successful research experience that is differs from an approach that Marcus has advocated before. Some major points: (1) Slow and steady progress on a paper can yield a good, publishable product. (2) Researching while I was writing helped me sustain my enthusiasm for and forward momentum on the project. (3) Whereas I sometimes approach a paper with an argument in mind or a position that I want to defend, I approached this one with a question in mind: "What does p entail about topic T?" (4) The paper grew out of a philosophical problem that I saw non-philosophers grappling with—or failing to grapple with, in this case. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Helen De Cruz has started a Google Docs spreadsheet of papers that are written by women and are suitable for introductory or intermediate philosophy courses. She writes: It is still very common that students only get readings by male authors in their introductory classes to philosophy. This contributes to the... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 15, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Jorge Mario Bergoglio (San Miguel) hired by the Holy See, Vatican City. AOS: Philosophy of Religion. Previously Cardinal at Buenos Aires. BL COMMENT: Appears to be a tenured position, not simply tenure-track.
I think that 'to derumsfeldify' should be a verb meaning the same as 'to inform someone of something that they didn't know they didn't know'. And following some recent blog posts on Feminist Philosophers and NewAPPS about the "unwritten rules" of the profession, I think the Cocoon could help to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Eric Schwitzgebel's defense of faculty research time got me thinking about a tension that, I suspect, afflicts a lot of young philosophers—perhaps more so than young academics in many other disciplines. Schwitzgebel writes: If it is valuable to have some public universities in which the undergraduate teaching and graduate supervision... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Brian Leiter is running a thread about what search committee members actually do when reviewing files. With the caveat that there's undoubtedly lots of variation between committees and probably some self-deception in people's descriptions of their own practices, it's probably more helpful than equivalent discussions on The Philosophy Smoker. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Via Erik Angner (GMU), I learned of Dennis Upper's "Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of a Case of Writer's Block" (1974): Note that the journal took the unusual step of including the referee report, verbatim, at the bottom of the page.
In several earlier posts, Trevor considered the pros and cons of having children at various points in one's career. I'd appreciate our readers' advice on a different but related question: If you do decide to have children, how do you balance the demands of parenthood and the demands of an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Sam's right about how easy it is to create a new page. But you don't have to create a page for someone in order to add them to the list. Just add them in the same way that you would add anyone else. As Sam says, the link will show up in red, encouraging others to create the missing page. Anyone interested in improving Wikipedia can work through the tutorial at to learn the ropes. Or just click the 'Edit' tab near the search box in the upper right corner of any page and the follow the instructions. It's easy.
You should read Robert Koons' essay for yourself, but to sum up his complaint: American higher education has lost its way. It used to offer a solid liberal arts education. Under the baleful influence of Bacon and Rousseau (of all people!), our liberal arts tradition has degraded into a technocratic training adulterated by a sentimentalist, relativistic, nihilistic muddle of politically correct, intellecutually bankrupt hogwash masquerading as the humanities. There's a lot to chew on in Koons' essay, but I want to focus on just one issue, since it's the issue most directly relevant to early career philosophers: What role should the philosophical canon play in your teaching? Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I just read a book called How To Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, by Paul Silvia. It's cheap. It's short. It's not bad. If you really have a hard time getting writing done, it might be worth your money. The book's fundamental message, though, is one that you've probably heard before: The secret to writing a lot is to schedule writing time and to stick to that schedule. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Zombies demand your attention. So when I saw an op-ed entitled "Zombie Nouns," I had to read it. The op-ed's author has written a book called "Stylish Academic Writing." I bought the book. I read it. And now I'm writing this post to prevent you from doing either. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Eric Schliesser and Mark Lance have recently posted two helpful pieces at New APPS on publishing in the early years of your career, especially while in grad school. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
One challenge I've encountered as a junior faculty member is trying to stay abreast of the latest developments in philosophy generally and in my subfields in particular. This post explores a few strategies I've used to keep up with current research. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
One of the great things about being a professional academic is that you get to write about whatever you want. One of the hard things about being a professional academic is figuring out what to write about and what not to write about. I'm curious to know how others approach this issue, but I'll begin with my own account as a cautionary tale. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon