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Being Well

¶ This article originally appeared in Tableau, the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago’s quarterly publication, as Being Well | Want a more fulfilling life? Put down your phone and look another human being in the eye by Courtney Guerra. ¶ It’s easy to ignore the sign-offs at the end of email correspondence—they’re essentially content-neutral beyond conveying “message over.” But Candace Vogler, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Philosophy, has a different style. She ends nearly all of her emails with “be well,” and, after talking with her, you get the sense that it’s intended as an actual imperative—albeit a kind and hopeful one. ¶   ¶ It’s a small, subtle habit, but that’s the point. If you’re seeking to live more meaningfully, you might as well begin by imbuing meaning into the tiniest gestures of your everyday life. ¶   ¶ As coleader of the Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life project,...

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Special Issue on Jane Jacobs : cosmos & taxisdistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeJane JacobsSpontaneous order ...
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MICHAEL CHABON ROAMS THE WEST BANK WITH SAM BAHOUR: Michael Chabon in Literary Hub: The tallest man in Ramallah offered to give us a tour of his cage. We would not even have to leave our table at Rukab ...
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A Grand New Theory of Life's Evolution on Earth: Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic: The modern world gives us such ready access to nachos and ice cream that it’s easy to forget: Humans bodies require a ridic ...
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AC Grayling: What happens when our military machines are not only unmanned but autonomous?: AC Grayling in Prospect: War, then, has changed in dramatic respects, technologically and, consequentially, i ...
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Michael Moore visits schools in Finland: Video length: 9:28 ...
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Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability: 2017.05.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Uri D. Leibowitz and Neil Sinclair (eds.), Explanation in Ethics ...
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Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability: 2017.05.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Uri D. Leibowitz and Neil Sinclair (eds.), Explanation in Ethics ...
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Panhandling & Free Expression: By Michael LaBossiere Embed from Getty Images   Many local officials tend to believe that panhandlers are detrimental to local businesses and tourism and, as such, it i ...
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Advice on Publishing Peer Review Articles
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The first critic of "identity politcs": Karl Marx in "On the Jewish Question": A propos the long excerpt from political theorist Adolph Reed I posted two weeks ago, a PhD student in German philosophy e ...
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Being Well
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Gods of Confusion: Honestly my parents were hard-working and good people but very sad, very beaten by life and not ones to give me a crisp explanation.  Not of life, not of anything.  Don’t tell a ...
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Reminder: Wollstonecraft at Bilkent 1-2 June
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Workshop on publishing in philosophy and political thought at Bilkent: Friday 2 June, 12:40-13:30, A130 Alan Coffee, King’s College London. Informal workshop about publishing in political thought. ...
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Non-Apprehension of Existence as a Means of Knowledge - Anupalabdhi: The landscape of the pramana anupalabdhi accepted by Advaita is a strange one lit up by flashes of understanding. As ever negation i ...
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Notes from both sides of the market - part 5: standing out in a crowded field

I began a series last year, "Notes from both sides of the market", as a kind of follow-up to our Job-Market Boot Camp, but this time discussing job-market issues from the perspective of someone who has now been on both sides of the process (I was on the market as a candidate for seven years, and have now served on two search committees). Given that the fall job-market is just a few months away now, I thought it might be helpful to resurrect series, discussing issues that may be relevant to current and future job-candidates. As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I don't think it's appropriate for me to share or comment on any specific aspects of searches I've been a part of--so I won't do that. Instead, I am simply going to discuss some very general things that I've noted on both sides of market. Anyway, here goes! In most hiring circumstances--and I expect hiring in academia is no different--it seems presumptively good to stand out from other applicants in some way. As ... Read More ›

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Open Letter of support for Rachel McKinnon
Public philosophy is an important part of what we do, and how we can make a difference. It is thankless work that is not weighted as much as is should in tenure and promotion dossiers. Yet, through it, we can provide a valuable voice in...Read More ›

2015 Series: Job-Market Boot-Camp
As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, I thought it might be helpful--particularly for new readers--to recap some of the series we began on the blog beginning in 2015. Here are the posts from the job-market boot camp...Read More ›

An (informal) service for matching early-career folk for feedback?
Following some of our recent discussions on peer-review and feedback, I've had an email exchange with Scott Forschler (Independent Scholar), who asked whether I've ever given any thought to a service matching early-career philosopher to...Read More ›

The Deviant Philosopher
Odds are you’re close to wrapping up the semester, if you haven’t already. And if you’re anything like me, that means it’s time to start thinking about planning next year’s courses. So I wanted to plug a new resource for making your syl...Read More ›

Reading suggestions for a survey course on diverse philosophical-ethical traditions?
I've been giving some thought recently to developing a lower-level survey course on different traditions of philosophical ethical thought. Although my department's course offerings seem to me relatively diverse compared to many philosop...Read More ›

Most-Shared Cocoon Posts of 2015 (by author)
As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, here are the Cocoon's most-shared posts of 2014 by author. Enjoy!: Anonymous Guest post on the costs of applying to grad school (664 shares) Marcus Arvan Where the jobs are(n't)...Read More ›

Walker Percy Wednesday 137 : I will not try to decide here whether what the word apple conjures up in your mind, its signifié, is a percept or a concept, because it is somewhere in between, A percept re ...
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When Philosophy Needed Muslims, Jews and Christians Alike, by Peter Adamson
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Why whales grew to such monster sizes: Elizabeth Pennisi in Science: Weighing in at 200,000 kilograms and stretching the length of a basketball court, the blue whale is the biggest animal that’s ever l ...
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Roger Ailes: The Man Who Destroyed Objectivity: Neal Gabler in billmoyers.com: Fox News creator and former chief Roger Ailes, who died at 77 last week from complications after a fall in his Florida hom ...
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Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, from land to sea, through deep time (Aeon video): Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time. Descending from ...
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Looking at Giorgio de Chirico: Heather Ewing at The Brooklyn Rail: In 1969 a young artist in Turin named Giulio Paolini took as his personal motto the Latin inscription—itself a quotation from Nietzsch ...
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TALES OF PORT-AU-PRINCE: Edwidge Danticat at Literary Hub: The republic of Port-au-Prince, as it is often called, is a city of survivors. Even those who would like to see the country decentralized or h ...
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Black scholarship matters: The Journal of Political Philosophy just published a symposium on Black Lives Matter, which initially sounds like a great idea.  However, Chris Lebron writes (in an open lette...
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A BEAUTIFUL MIND: Yesterday afternoon, I wrote a brief message linking to a video of a lengthy lecture given by Noam Chomsky in Paris four years ago. In this extended post, I am going to lay out what I...
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An Impressively Detailed Philosophy Paper Grading Rubric
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Notes from both sides of the market - part 5: standing out in a crowded field: I began a series last year, "Notes from both sides of the market", as a kind of follow-up to our Job-Market Boot Camp, but ...
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Robert Alyngton: [Revised entry by Alessandro Conti on May 24, 2017. Changes to: Main text] Robert Alyngton was one of the most important authors of the generation after John Wyclif. He was deeply inf...
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The Trump Budget's attack on student loan programs: IHE has details of the proposals. The elimination of public service loan forgiveness may be particularly serious for philosophers teaching at public i...
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APA Newsletters, Spring 2017 Edition – Part One: The latest edition of the APA newsletters was posted online recently. In case you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, I’m going to provide a brie...
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The Human Sense of Smell: On Thursday 13 April 2017, a workshop organized at Columbia University by the Centre for Science and Society and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America sought to e ...
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Linhas de animismo futuro, the cover
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The paradoxico-metaphysics of the other - a teaser: Working with Jon Cogburn on a paradoxico-metaphysics of the other. This is just a teaser from the text just after defining metaphysiks as the project ...
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Submissions for APA Newsletter Issue on Matilal due June 1: Back in February I posted about a forthcoming newsletter on the work and legacy of B. K. Matilal.  As the June 1 deadline for submissions is f ...
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Democracy and the politics of intolerance
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Russia and Rot: If Trump colluded with the Russians to influence the election, it would be a very bad thing. If said collusion provides a path to remove him from office, then that would be a good thing ...
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Controlled Falling: Controlled falling I just had the good fortune to take a modern dance class at Washington University with David Marchant. The class was a wonderful mix of an introduction to a variet ...
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