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A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters

Ibram X. Kindi in The New York Times: Many Americans might not know the more polemical side of race writing in our history. The canon of African-American literature is well established. Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin are familiar figures. Far less so is Samuel Morton (champion of the obsolete theory of polygenesis) or Thomas Dixon (author of novels romanticizing Klan violence). It is tempting to think that the influence of those dusty polemics ebbed as the dust accumulated. But their legacy persists, freshly shaping much of our racial discourse. On the occasion of Black History Month, I’ve selected the most influential books on race and the black experience published in the United States for each decade of the nation’s existence — a history of race through ideas, arranged chronologically on the shelf. (In many cases, I’ve added a complementary work, noted with an asterisk.) Each of these books was either published first in the United States or... Read More ›

Mohsin Hamid on the dangers of nostalgia: we need to imagine a brighter future : Mohsin Hamid in The Guardian: Since well before the dawn of history, human beings have gathered together around flickeri...


A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters: Ibram X. Kindi in The New York Times: Many Americans might not know the more polemical side of race writing in our history. The canon of Africa...


Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population: Paul Buchheit in AlterNet: Yes, inequality is getting worse every year. In early 2016 Oxfam reported that just 62...


The Enforcement of Moral Boundaries Promotes Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior in Groups: Brent Simpson, Robb Willer & Ashley Harrell in Nature: The threat of free-riding makes the marshalling of ...


Rebel Protestants: unearthing the story of radical Irish nationalists: Heather Jones in the Irish Times: “I’ve found another one!” My mother is delighted, full of excitement, cup of tea in hand at our ...


Quietistic Indifference of Phenomenological Ethics?: J. Edward Hackett While much can be said of Herbert Marcuse’s “Concept of Essence”, I would like to develop and reflect upon a few points from it. Fi...


Western Sydney's Dennis Schmidt interviewed...: ...at 3AM....



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Trade/mass media publications vs. academic journals: A philosopher at a liberal arts college writes: How different are the standards for publishing in popular venues and trade publications from the stan...


CALL FOR COMMENTS – NEGATIVE EMOTIONS IN ART RECEPTION: The journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences is looking for commentary on an article that they have accepted: “The DISTANCE-EMBRACING Model of ...


Favorite readings on: Subjectivism: Hoping folks will share with the group their favorite papers on the topic of subjectivism. Perhaps people might add what level they think the paper is most appropriat...


Call for Papers: Introspection Sucks!: Centre for Philosophical Psychology and European Network for Sensory Research Introspection sucks! Conference with Eric Schwitzgebel, May 30, 2017, in Antwerp Th...


Louis Riel, "Dissertation on Monads" (1885): Signed “Louis ‘David’ Riel,” this short text, titled “Mémoire sur les Monades,” was written when Riel was in prison awaiting execution in Regina, Saskatchewa...


Stipendiary Fellowship in Public Philosophy: Deadline: 31 March 2017 The Forum for European Philosophy invites applications from philosophers interested in facilitating public engagement with academic r...


2 PhD and 1 postdoc position in project “Private Property and Political Power in Liberal-Democratic Societies” at Utrecht University: These positions are part of a Free Competition project granted by th...


Western Sydney's Dennis Schmidt interviewed...

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Trade/mass media publications vs. academic journals
A philosopher at a liberal arts college writes: How different are the standards for publishing in popular venues and trade publications from the standards for publishing in academic journals? For example, are submissions to multiple venu...Read More ›

A new publishing scam: International Agency for Development of Culture, Education and Science (IADCES)
Details here. Note that Philosophy of Science is one of the journals they purport to represent!Read More ›

How long can romantic love last?
Philosopher Naomi Goulder (New College Humanities, London) and others discuss.Read More ›

Brian Leiter watch
For our occasional series: 8th-grade science teacher!Read More ›

"the Lord is my shepherd," Trump style...
...from Garrison Keillor. (Thanks to Tom Carson for the pointer.) There is a serious point underlying these parodies: Trump is barely literate, he makes George W. Bush look like a world-class orator. Trump is a bad human being, who wants...Read More ›

How many full-time administrative assistants for a philosophy department?
A colleague elsewhere writes: "We’ve had two full-timer admins for 6 years. One was assigned centrally to the day-to-day operations of the graduate program. That admin left for a better paying job, and we were denied a request to hire...Read More ›

James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)



There Is a Moral Argument for Keeping Great Apes in Zoos, by Richard Moore


on academia and jargon: Maximillian Alvarez at The Baffler: Second, in just about every takedown or defense of highfalutin academic jargon, it’s generally taken for granted that such jargon is just par...


'Bacteria to Bach and Back' by Daniel C Dennett : Steven Poole at The New Statesman: In the preface to his new book, the ­philosopher Daniel Dennett announces proudly that what we are about to read is ...


On John Berger, a writer of our time: Joshua Sperling at Guernica: In the early 1960s, Berger and his wife, the translator Anya Bostock, left London for a suburb of Geneva, where he wrote in relative o...


The American Experience: Young Revolutionary : From Smithsonian:   This photograph was captured on the way to the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. during the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man M...


Friday Poem: “My two great loves are physics and New Mexico. It’s a pity they can’t be combined.”                                 —J.R. Oppenheimer La Jornada Oppenheimer I could have loved you wrappe...


On The development from Immature to mature science (from Gilbert to Hume by way of Carpenter): [O]ne of our countrymen, D. Gilbert, who to his everlasting praise, hath troden out a new path to Philosoph...


APA Member Interview: Keith Dromm: Keith Dromm is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University. He specializes in epistemology, Wittgenstein, ...


Bathroom Laws: Federal vs. State: By Michael LaBossiere Embed from Getty Images   During the Obama administration, the nondiscrimination laws governing public education were interpreted as requiring ...


A new publishing scam: International Agency for Development of Culture, Education and Science (IADCES): Details here. Note that Philosophy of Science is one of the journals they purport to represent!...


How long can romantic love last?: Philosopher Naomi Goulder (New College Humanities, London) and others discuss....


Brian Leiter watch: For our occasional series: 8th-grade science teacher!...


Milo and Tribal Politics: Jonah Goldberg, of the National Review, writes on the Milo/CPAC dust-up: We are in a particularly tribal moment in American politics in which “the enemy of my enemy is my ally”...


Arthur Hyman (1921-2017): Arthur Hyman died earlier this month. He taught at Yeshiva University in New York City for 55 years, and published groundbreaking research on Jewish, Islamic, and Christian med...



Are we ready for robot relationships? (Video Debate)


Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 67: Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: Why do so many millennials believe in horoscopes? (Complete with lame ending from the ...


Metaphysics of Abstract Artifacts: A New Reading Group at Boğaziçi on Mondays: I am starting a new reading group on the metaphysics of abstract artifacts. Some objects such as musical works, novels, fic...


Virtual Colloquium: Chad McIntosh, “How to be a Rational Foundationalist”: This week’s Virtual Colloquium paper is “How to be a Rational Foundationalist” by Chad McIntosh. McIntosh is ...


Yesterday: Derniers instants d'une lecture de tarot de Blake, au Palais de Tokyo pendant Notte Lusoria. #theta360 #theta360fr - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA...



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