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This is a guest post by Kevin Timpe, Jellema Chair of Christian Philosophy at Calvin College My writing a post on how to say ‘no’ is roughly like my writing a post on how to drink less coffee. In some ways, I'm the last person that should do it given... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Matt Drabek, which originally appeared here. Source: Dnalor 01 (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benutzer:Dnalor_01) Some of you probably know I have some experience with leaving academia. It’s a gradual process. I started having doubts about an academic career around 2010 or 2011. When I went on the job... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I expect that not many readers of this blog will have heard of Professor Etienne Vermeersch, a philosophy professor who died recently, aged 84. But he was what one would call world-famous in Flanders, the part of Belgium where I grew up and studied as an undergraduate. I took his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by Eric Schwizgebel, University of California, Riverside, reprinted from Eric's personal blog the splintered mind. Followers of this blog will recall my post from October 30, where I solicited ideas about a "Kindness Assignment" for my lower-division philosophy class "Evil". The assignment was to perform ninety minutes of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Lots of graduate students and other people on the job market are advised to not be themselves in a job interview. Yourself? God, no. Please. The idea you could be yourself is a symptom of grad student naiveté, so the idea goes, quickly shed once you become more job market... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by Sara Protasi (Puget Sound) My use of meditation in teaching philosophy has gradually grown out of my own, alas still too sporadic and inconsistent, personal practice. I became acquainted with mindfulness meditation through both yoga and psychological therapy, and through a workshop that I attended as a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Guest post by Nathan Nobis, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA USA I teach an "Introduction to Philosophical Ethics" course in an interactive, discussion-based and skills-focused manner. The core skills involve trying to figure out whether a reason given in support of some conclusion on a moral issue is a good one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Ian James Kidd, University of Nottingham In spring 2016, I taught an elective (optional) second-year undergraduate philosophy course at the University of Nottingham, ‘Topics in Asian Philosophy’. Generally, the class has about sixty students, since there’s always great enthusiasm for so-called ‘non-Western’ traditions. Although I’d lectured and led seminars... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
[UPDATE: comments now open!] By Melissa Shew, Marquette University There are only three requirements for the Curiosity Project. The Curiosity Project MUST: Engage and respond to a philosophical question, sincerely asked and pursued Use individual group members’ gifts and talents Be wildly creative At the beginning of a semester, when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Jake Wright, Senior Lecturer at the University of Minnesota Rochester In my introduction to philosophy class at the University of Minnesota Rochester, I begin each class with a fairly lengthy session of meditative reflection, based on the medieval monastic practice lectio divina. I’ve spelled the practice out for my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University I work at a teaching university. It’s a mid-sized state university. Many, many jobs are at schools like mine. And if you want to join our faculty, if you’re applying for a job, I want to know about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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By Brendan Larvor, Reader in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire I was teaching philosophy of science to second year undergraduates at the University of Hertfordshire. At first, I taught philosophy of science the usual way, with a lecture followed by a seminar. The approach was to illustrate philosophical points... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by C. Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. His first book, Games: Agency as Art, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. I try to write exam questions that are funny, startling, and open-ended. My goal is to give students a lovely note to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by E.M. Dadlez, Professor at the Department of Humanities & Philosophy, University of Central Oklahoma I am teaching Contemporary Moral Problems, a freshman core course, in central Oklahoma. Many, MANY students are pro-life. It is hard to motivate a discussion without religious overtones. It is hard to talk... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
It's that time of year that many of us are bogged down with grading, but it's also often the time we reflect on the past semester, what went well, and what could improve. Some of us have really cool, unconventional ideas in our teaching that work. Those ideas engage students,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As executive editor of the Journal of Analytic Theology, I've been working with the other editors on a document to spell out our editorial practices and procedures. Having such a document will, we hope, inspire confidence in authors who submit to our journal and in our referees, improve transparency of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Imagine you're a tenured faculty member at an average sort of department, not super-prestigious but still with some aspirations for research excellence. You're hiring a new tenure track faculty member. Although people do sometimes move from tenure track positions, it is still a safe bet that a new hire will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Mark Lance, Professor at the Philosophy Department and Justice and Peace Studies Program at Georgetown University: Early in my activist career, I had a mentor, Molly Rush. Molly has done an enormous amount in her life, but was most famous as a member of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The exploitation of academics in precarious positions, particularly adjuncts but also graduate students, has given rise to a remarkable literary non-fiction subgenre: the quit lit. Quit lit are heartfelt pieces where academics vent their frustration. I find these pieces very useful. They help us critically evaluate some of the assumptions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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When I was an innocent postdoc I could never understand why people, after finally resting from their labours and anxieties of the job market, would actually want to move jobs. Sure, there are offers you can't refuse (but few of us get those!), but why would you try to find... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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(UPDATE: comments now open!) This is a guest post by Meghan Sullivan. She is Professor of Philosophy and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Chair at University of Notre Dame, and has lots of experience with job searches. Jonathan Kramnick's observations about changes in the MLA job market transfer to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Regularly, I see well-meaning and evidence-based advice for early-career people along the following lines Don't ever edit a volume. It's a lot more trouble than it's worth. It hardly counts for tenure/finding a job. Don't ever write a book review. Okay, perhaps if you really wanted to read this book... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In less than a month, I will be 40 years old. In my early 30s, I took away my date of birth from social media and from my CV. The reason behind this was that I worried about being regarded as "past my prime", especially for hiring committees. It took... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I recently accepted to be an executive editor for the Journal of Analytic Theology, and will be joining the team with Mike Rea and Oliver Crisp (senior editors) and Kevin Diller (executive editor). JAT is an open-access, interdisciplinary journal that fosters analytic approaches to theological topics, including analytic philosophy of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
At a conference dinner recently, a non-academic spouse to one of the keynote speakers asked us the following question: if you had to do it all over again, would you go to graduate school? I subsequently posted the question on FaceBook where it generated an interesting range of responses among... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon