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Featured Article · Daily Nous

How Will You Try To Improve Your Teaching?

Hello, fellow academics, it’s August 1st, the date that indicates the summer is, sadly, soon over. Amidst the scramble to meet deadlines and knock items off of that to-do list, it’s also time to make sure you’re prepared for your teaching.  ¶ I thought it might be helpful if readers shared their plans for how they’ll be changing things up in their classrooms. Any new teaching techniques you’re trying out? Any interesting new material or topics? Any pedagogical problems you’re looking to overcome? ¶ Here are a few previous teaching-related posts that might be useful as you go about finishing up that syllabi: The Student Recap Philosophy Teaching Games Small Changes to Class Meetings Argument Mapping In-Class Poster Sessions A Very Detailed Paper-Grading Rubric Be a Skillful and Respectful but not Overly Cautious Teacher (it’s unlikely you’ll get in trouble with the administration or get protests from students) Emphasize Imagination Use Content Warnings (or at least warn them that you won’t)...

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Recent Media · Podcasts & Lectures

A journalist uses statistics to uncover authors' 'cinnamon words': Julia Franz at PRI: “Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing,” is a statistical analysis of famous book ...
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We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war: Ed Yong in Aeon: The classic novel by H G Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898) – a tale of England besieged by Martian conquer ...
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Not all politics is identity politics: Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: ‘All politics is identity politics.’ And ‘Without identity politics there can be no defence of women’s rights or the rights of minority groups.’ So run the two most common c ...
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Peter Singer interviewed by Richard Dawkins in 2008
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Beyond the Black Rainbow : In the vein of Stanley Kubrick or John Carpenter, Beyond the Black Rainbow (2012) is a film whose aesthetic harkens back to those ’70s mind-bending science fiction films that I discussed last week. Definitely ...
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To φ Or Not To φ (Daily Nous Philosophy Comics)
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The Favorites, the Faked, the Overrated, the Overused, Etc.
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"CURIOSER AND CURIOSER," CRIED ALICE: Those of you obsessed, as I am, with the Trump disaster will have read the new Washington Post story leaked from unnamed sources that Trump, on the plane back from Europe, personally dictated the false c ...
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Plato: [Revised entry by Richard Kraut on August 1, 2017. Changes to: Bibliography] Plato (429? - 347 B.C.E.) is, by any reckoning, one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating, wide-ran ...
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How Will You Try To Improve Your Teaching?
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Douglas Groothuis on “What Norms or Values Define Excellent Philosophy of Religion?”
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Why Was Sci-Fi So Slow to Discover Time Travel? (Guest Post by Henry Shevlin)
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Philosophy & Public Affairs Discussion at PEA Soup: Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke’s “Moral Grandstanding,” with a critical précis by C.A.J. (Tony) Coady
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DIALOGUE UNBOUND: on the value of repeating oneself obsessively about the same old things: When I say that dialogue is avoided by some academics as it would be too traumatic for them, and that their careers are based on refusing, controlling, ...
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Why the Science of Well-Being Needs the Philosophy of Well-Being – and Vice Versa
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Douglas Groothuis on “What Norms or Values Define Excellent Philosophy of Religion?”

Douglas Groothuis is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. We invited him to answer the question “What norms or values define excellent philosophy of religion?” as part of our “Philosophers of Religion on Philosophy of Religion” series. By philosophy of religion I mean the intellectual discipline of critically evaluating religious truth claims, whether individual propositions or propositional systems (or worldviews). This discipline may be self-standing, as in a philosophy of religion course at a college or university, or it may involve bringing religious assertions to bear on other disciplines, such as political theory, aesthetics, or psychology. For example, a lecture, class, or academic paper might engage how Judaism has shaped Western liberal traditions concerning religious liberty and property. Let me illustrate this from an undergraduate class I taught at a secular university. In addressing questions of meaning and morality, I offered a theistic perspective by way of a... Read More ›

Philosophy of Religion · Featured Blog

Neil A. Manson on “What Norms or Values Define Excellent Philosophy of Religion?”
Neil A. Manson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mississippi. We invited him to answer the question “What norms or values define excellent philosophy of religion?” as part of our “Philosophers of Religion on Phi...Read More ›

Rem B. Edwards on “What Values or Norms Define Excellent Philosophy of Religion?”
Rem B. Edwards is the Lindsay Young Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Tennessee. We invited him to answer the question “What values or norms define excellent philosophy of religion?” as part of our “Philosophers...Read More ›

What Norms or Values Define Excellent Philosophy of Religion?
Here at PhilosophyOfReligion.org we are hosting an ongoing discussion by philosophers of religion about philosophy of religion. Our first blog series asked simply, “What is philosophy of religion?”; and our second series inquired, “What ...Read More ›

Gary Colwell on “What is Philosophy of Religion?”
Gary Colwell is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Condordia University of Edmonton. We invited him to answer the question “What is Philosophy of Religion?” as part of our “Philosophers of Religion on Philosophy of Religion” series. Wh...Read More ›

Raymond VanArragon on “What does philosophy of religion offer to the modern university?”
Raymond VanArragon is Professor of Philosophy at Bethel University. We invited him to answer the question “What does philosophy of religion offer to the modern university?” as part of our “Philosophers of Religion on Philosophy of Religi...Read More ›

Andrew Gleeson on “What does philosophy of religion offer to the modern university?”
Andrew Gleeson is Lecturer in Philosophy at Flinders University. We invited him to answer the question “What does philosophy of religion offer to the modern university?” as part of our “Philosophers of Religion on Philosophy of Religion”...Read More ›

Thoreau's Faith in a Seed: Guy Davenport at The New Criterion: What “The Dispersion of Seeds” establishes is that Thoreau was inventing the study we now call ecology—how nature keeps house. In France at the same time that Thoreau was plottin ...
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Photobook: Joseph Priestley’s Chemical Flask
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the ways in which we make sense of human irrationality: Cecilia Heyes at the TLS: Fifty years on, some experts on reasoning – working in economics, philosophy and psychology – still respond to evidence of human irrationality with denial. The ...
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"A sympathy for the brokenness of humans": The mythic, grotesque work of Sam Shepard: Kate Maltby in New Statesman: In a 1984 interview with American Theatre magazine, the playwright and actor Sam Shepard pondered human knowability. “I feel ...
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How to Build Resilience in Midlife: Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times: Much of the scientific research on resilience — our ability to bounce back from adversity — has focused on how to build resilience in children. But what about the gr ...
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A Companion to Michael Oakeshott : aestheticsBritish Idealismhistory of political thoughtMichael Oakeshottphilosophical jurisprudencePhilosophyPhilosophy of EducationPhilosophy of historyPhilosophy of mindPolitical philosophyrationalismReligi ...
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The Enlightenment Question: by Holly A. Case Centrál Kávéház, Budapest, c. 1910 I was sitting with my friend Robi at the Café Central in Budapest when the subject turned to religion and the Enlightenment, namely about the separa ...
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APA Good Practices Guide Public Discussion Series, Part 5: Implicit bias: by Amy Ferrer This post is part of a series of posts soliciting public comment on the APA’s new Good Practices Guide. In the first post in this series, I provided some ...
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The Testimony of the Spirit: New Essays: 2017.07.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews R. Douglas Geivett and Paul Moser, (eds.), The Testimony of the Spirit: New Essays, Oxford University Press, 282pp., $35.00 (pbk), I...
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Epistemology of Geometry: [Revised entry by Jeremy Gray on July 31, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Geometrical knowledge typically concerns two kinds of things: theoretical or abstract knowledge contained in the definitions, the...
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The Publication Emergency (guest post by J. David Velleman)
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A RESPONSE TO TWO COMMENTS: Two people posted comments about my bitter sweet reminiscences of a time when it seemed that Marx’s approach to an understanding of capitalism might be staging a comeback. The first is someone who uses as his or h...
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Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update
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The Wine Spectator Model of Philosophy Publication: It is radical but my idea is that one submits to ranking houses (which could remain the existing journals). Every paper submitted will be published online and ranked. You may submit a paper ...
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Book Club: The Edge of Reason 8, scientific morality: Here we come to the eighth installment of my running discussion about Julian Baggini’s excellent book on the nature of rationality, The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational ...
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Issue 57: Knowing Others and Knowing Our Selves
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The Factory of Virtual Fantasies
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Meaning, Minds and Mother Tongues
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The Minds of Strangers
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Spotting the killers on our streets
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