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This is a guest post by Andrew Moon, Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. When philosophers write papers, they also discuss objections to their own arguments. But how much should they do this? A paper could go on forever with discussions of more and more objections, making the paper unhelpfully... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the twenty-sixth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. This guest post is written by Vladimir Krstić, Philosophy Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The first thing that comes to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the twenty-fifth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. This guest post is written by Sofia Jeppsson, associate professor of philosophy at Umeå University (or Ubmeje Universitiähta in the local Sami... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the twenty-fourth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. This guest post is written by Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani (Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana). Ghana is a country of about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Baldasar Castiglione's Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of dialogues between hip Italian Renaissance courtiers who stayed over at the court of Guidobaldo da Montefeltro and Elizabetta Gonzaga and who debated a range of topics over several evenings. Their discussions ranged on which sport looks good to play... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr., Occidental College Over the years, colleagues have expressed interest in teaching Latin American philosophy (LAP). And they’ve expressed hesitation. Often when I tell them what I’m working on, or what I’m teaching, they’ll respond with some version of, “Oh, I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Eric Kaplan on television fiction, for a series of blogposts we are hosting on philosophers who write fiction or poetry (see here and here for earlier installments). Eric Kaplan has a PhD. in philosophy from UC Berkeley and has written for Futurama, Flight of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the twenty-third installment of The Cocoon... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
There has been quite some pushback against Peter Singer, who recently said in an interview in the New Yorker that he was not particularly interested in working together with African philosophers. Because many people do not have a subscription to The New Yorker, I put the relevant part of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is the twenty-second installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. This guest post is written by Rowena Azada-Palacios, currently on leave from her post as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ateneo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Kwame Anthony Appiah (New York University) on reading and writing fiction, for a series of blogposts we are hosting on philosophers who write fiction or poetry (see here for an earlier installment). My mother was an artist who became a writer because she found... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Way back in 1984, Arthur Danto made some critical remarks about the philosophy profession in his presidential address to the Eastern APA. His remarks focus on the journal article, the standard unit of publication since philosophy became seriously professionalized. How could we end up, starting out with so many different... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is the twenty-first installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. After a brief hiatus, we are very pleased to start this series again and we hope to basically keep going. If you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a second installment of a series of guest posts on philosophers who write poetry and/or fiction. This is a guest post by. J. Edward Hackett 1. The Compatible Function of Fiction Writing and Some Philosophical Traditions Helen De Cruz asked me this question: what do I as a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I started the blog Doing Things With Philosophy about 4 years ago to give philosophy graduates a sense of potential careers outside of academia. It has brief interviews with philosophers who have a variety of professions. Especially close to my heart is this one with Josh Parsons -- formerly a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The Cocoon will be hosting a series of guest posts by philosophers who write fiction or poetry. The aim of this series of guest posts will be to explore how we can express philosophical ideas in formats that go beyond the standard academic article or monograph. By looking at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Finnur Dellsén, Associate Professor at the University of Iceland As many people have pointed out recently, the peer review system relies on us accepting several referee requests for each paper we publish. So refereeing is a substantial part of our job as researchers, even... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Michel, this is all excellent advice. I think this works very well and I have the same method. I set aside a few achievable goals every day, alongside the urgent stuff. My teaching load is very low (only 3 courses/year) but if I am not careful I will let lots of other things take over, e.g., grad advising, journal editing, refereeing, grant writing, etc etc. So I set aside most days especially non-teaching days dedicated time to work at an achievable research goal.
I was intrigued to read Perry Hendricks' advice for grad students on how to write papers for publication. It is practical, no-nonsense, and contains a lot of valuable insights. But as all writing guides, it can only cover so much and doesn't go into some of the aspects of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Eric Schwitzgebel, Johan De Smedt and I are launching our book "Philosophy Through Science Fiction Stories: Exploring the Boundaries of the Possible", which will be published with Bloomsbury. The book launch will take place on Zoom on January 18, from 2 PM to 3:30 Central Time. This launch will feature... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This year, I have reviewed 12 papers (and more if you include revise and resubmits) for various journals. As I was reflecting on my work as a reviewer (for my end-of-year report of teaching, service, and research), I saw this interesting question on Twitter. Gui Sanches de Oliveira asked: Is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I've been learning how to write fiction. It's been a slow process, going on for about three years now, and after many rejections and writing about 15 stories (far more if you count all the unfinished ones) I got my first short story published published in a magazine here. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Graham Oppy, Monash University, for our unusual teaching ideas series. In Australia—as in many other parts of the world—we have been through more or less an entire academic year of teaching entirely via Zoom. It is likely that, in 2021, we shall continue to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I was inspired by Marcus Arvan's earlier call for strategies on how to deal with pandemic job market collapse, and I want to make some remarks on that from my perspective as placement director. Currently, I am the placement director at SLU, though all my remarks in this rather lengthy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by C. Thi Nguyen, philosophy professor at the University of Utah OK, I just survived being Program Chair of the American Society for Aesthetics Annual Conference - a huge, 4-track, 3-day conference that had to go virtual. I didn’t know it was going virtual when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon