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The APA board of officers has approved the following statement, which was proposed by the committee on public philosophy and the committee on the status and future of the profession: ¶ The American Philosophical Association values philosophers’ participation in the public arena. This includes work that engages with contemporary issues as well as work that brings traditional philosophies to non-traditional settings. Public philosophy may also bring the discipline into dialogue with other humanities, the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and interested people outside of academia. Public philosophy is done in a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. Public philosophy can be especially valuable when it reaches populations that tend not to have access to philosophy and philosophers. Further, the APA notes that public philosophy raises the profile of the discipline, the scholar, and the home institution. ¶ The APA encourages departments, colleges, and universities to recognize public philosophy as a growing site of scholarly involvement. To that end, the...Read More › pro
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Seeing as it's now summer break for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere--when many of us take much-needed vacations, but also do research and summer teaching, and prepare for the next academic year--I thought it might be fun to have a thread where we share teaching strategies. I don't know about you, but how often do you really hear about how other people teach? For my part, I hardly have a clue what other people do! Yet learning how other people teach can surely be helpful--not only giving one ideas for changes and innovations that might improve one's performance as a teacher, but also ideas for how to make teaching more fun! So why not share with each other? This is what I propose we do in this thread. As usual, I'll begin with a summary of some of the things I do as a teacher (and why I do them), and then invite you all to do the same. Sound good? I hope so! When I finished my PhD, my idea of teaching was basically standing in front of a classroom and lecturing/having a phil... Read More ›
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