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Philosophy is notable for its jargon, so it is a good exercise to try to summarize its classic works in short texts of just one syllable. The past few days philosophers have provided such summaries, as a game in pandemic times, maybe inspired by this classic paper. It also makes... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
You probably do not have the bandwidth now to deal with the question of how to appear optimally groomed for your students. Many of us face very uncertain job prospects (e.g., adjuncts, graduate students in teaching positions, people on VAPs). Many of us need to juggle homeschooling our kids, not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
How are you feeling? If you are like me, you've been in lockdown in your house for several weeks now. Likely, your experiences are unlike anything you've felt before. Because of the ubiquity of your experiences--weird as they are--they seem too banal to write down. Yet, it's important to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Right now, lots of academics are struggling with doing research. The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a host of adverse circumstances including fear, job uncertainty, job loss for some of us (especially on fixed-term contracts), a gloomy academic market outlook for grad students and others on the market, a makeshift... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is a guest post by Audrey Yap, Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria, on how, and whether to incorporate Covid-19 material in their classes. At this particular time, when many course instructors are transitioning, or preparing to transition, to different kinds of instruction amid a global pandemic, many of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I realize lots of things are uncertain now, but I am curious about what is happening to conferences you would normally be speaking at, or that you are (co)organizing that were scheduled for the spring of 2020. I am co-organizing a conference at Saint Louis University for June 22-23 2020... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, William Paterson University Most of us are acutely aware of the extreme impact of the virus on our teaching (it’s SARS-CoV-2, but I’ll just call it the virus). We’ve been suddenly forced to move our entire teaching loads into new formats very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is a guest post by Johnathan Flowers, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts It is my view that online teaching should always be informed by infrastructure limitations of our learning management systems (LMS) and our institutions. By infrastructure limitations, I mean both the physical infrastructure,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
My university, like many others across the world is moving to teach online in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given that many of us have little prior experience with this (I personally have none), the Cocoon thinks it is useful to host a series on this. Anyone with experience... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the nineteenth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. Today's entry is by Dr. Samuel Lebens, Research Fellow at the University of Haifa. Israel is a country of approximately 9 million... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Which virtues do we value? There are big cultural variations. For example, the virtue of honor does not have a place in American society at large (as Tamler Sommers discusses in his recent book on the topic), but it still seems prized in some subcultures, such as in sports (taking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the eighteenth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. Today's entry is by Dr. Saniye Vatansever, Assistant Professor at Bilkent University. Disclaimer: I am a Turkish woman who taught in several... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the seventeenth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. Today's entry is by Dr. Laurencia Sáenz Benavides, Invited Professor at the School of Philosophy or the University of Costa Rica Twitter:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the sixteenth installment of The Cocoon Go... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the 15th 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 is a guest contribution by Ruling Barragán, Adjunct professor of philosophy at the Universidad de Panamá. Country Profile. The Republic of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
To set a price for oneself whereby one becomes no longer a person but merely a cog! Are you co-conspirators in the current folly sweeping over nations, which, above all else, want to produce as much as possible and to be as rich as possible? Your concern ought to hold... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the 14th 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 is a guest contribution by Nastassja Pugliese, Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Conventional wisdom has it there are only a few ways for academics to be productive scholars. It says successful and productive academics write a bit every day even during the busiest of teaching times. They block out time into manageable chunks, they turn off email etc. They focus, time box... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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After over 10 years of being on FaceBook, I quit the platform over increasing worries and concerns I had about transparency, privacy, and other issues. This was the culmination of a gradual withdrawal. First, a few years ago, I deleted the app from my phone. Soon thereafter, when the Cambridge... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the thirteenth 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 is a guest contribution by Finnur Dellsén, Associate Professor at the University of Iceland. The first thing to say about Iceland... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
If you are an academic philosopher, and you are like many other philosophers I know, the following situation may be familiar to you. You have this paper you invested in a lot. It has received very positive responses at conferences. People will come up to you after their talk and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The job market timeline is a bit more spread out than it was in the past, but it's still pretty much the case that for most tenure track jobs, interview requests will go out this month, perhaps also next month. Job interviews have moved to Skype. It's been a while... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the eleventh installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that give a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. This guest contribution is a fully collaborative, co-authored piece by two scholars in Mexico: Paloma Atencia is Research Associate at the Instituto... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An anonymous reader writes: “I am currently in a tenure-track job that I love so far, and my partner and I are hoping to have kids (at least one, but maybe two). When I was a job candidate, I heard horror stories about departments not wanting to hire women candidates... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is the tenth installment of The Cocoon Goes G... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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