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Flourishing with Controversy: How Philosophy of Race Does It

One of the popular narratives about higher education is that the discussion of and disagreement over controversial ideas is imperiled, owing to the dominance of political correctness on college campuses.  ¶ Here at Daily Nous, I’ve occasionally argued that this narrative is overblown, and that, especially in philosophy, informed and reasonable discussion of controversial issues is not in serious danger from political correctness. (If anything, the threats to philosophers discussing race have tended to come from other directions, e.g., these two cases.) ¶ For example, if there were an area of philosophy about which ordinary folk would guess political correctness is stifling debate or enforcing a party line, it might be philosophy of race—yet controversial subjects and unpopular views are routinely raised and debated among experts in this area as a matter of course in professional journals, academic conferences, and classrooms, and the field of philosophy of race is not plagued by constant crises. ¶ How is this the case? Julie Mehretu, “Auguries” ¶ To find out, I asked Quayshawn Spencer, the Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, who works in philosophy of race, philosophy of biology, and philosophy of science. ¶ Professor Spencer agreed with my characterization of philosophy of race in general but noted some counterexamples. These include the defense of “transracialism” by Rebecca Tuvel (Rhodes College), and the ostracization of a couple philosophers who have defended the idea that there are intellectual differences among races that are in part genetically caused (i.e., “the hereditarian hypothesis”), naming Michael Levin... -

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Winners of the 2019 Canadian Philosophical Association’s Book and Essay Prizes

The Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA) last week announced the winners of its 2019 book and essay prizes. ¶ ¶ The book prize, offered every other year, was awarded to the authors of two books: Arash Abizadeh, professor of political science at McGill University, for his Hobbes and the Two Face of Ethics Michel Seymour, professor  of philosophy at the University of Montreal and Jérôme Gosselin-Tapp, a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Ottawa, for their La nation pluraliste: Repenser la diversité religieuse au Québec. ¶ Four essay prizes were awarded: Simona Vucu, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, won the Non-tenured Professor, Lecturer, Sessional Essay Prize for her “Causal Powers as Accidents: Thomas Aquinas’s View” Tim Kenyon, vice president for research at Brock University, won the Tenured Professor Essay Prize for his “Peer idealization,... -

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The Deed is Everything: Nietzsche on Will and Action

2019.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews ¶ Aaron Ridley, The Deed is Everything: Nietzsche on Will and Action, Oxford University Press, 2018, 207pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198825449. ¶ Reviewed by Peter Kail, Oxford University Aaron Ridley's book, modest in its aspirations, is both interesting... -

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Congratulations to Elisa Freschi and Jonardon Ganeri!

Elisa Freschi and Jonardon Ganeri have both accepted full-time positions at the University of Toronto, with Jonardon becoming the Bimal Matilal Distinguished Professor of Philosophy.  This is wonderful news for Indian philosophy in North America! ¶ From Leiter’s Blog: ¶ The University of Toronto has appointed two leading scholars of... -

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The Deed is Everything: Nietzsche on Will and Action 2019.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Aaron Ridley, The Deed is Everything: Nietzsche on Will and Action, Oxford University Press, 2018, 207pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198825449. Reviewed by Peter Kail, Oxford University Aaron Ridley's book, modest in its aspirations, is both interesting and frustrating. It is modest in that it argues that Nietzsche's philosophy can be read in an illuminating fashion through the lens of an 'expressivist' theory, 'without attributing... Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews -


Catherine Prueitt hired by the University of British Columbia Continuing the good news about Canada: Catherine Prueitt has accepted a position in at The University of British Columbia. Congratulations to her and to UBC! The Indian Philosophy Blog -


Congratulations to Elisa Freschi and Jonardon Ganeri! Elisa Freschi and Jonardon Ganeri have both accepted full-time positions at the University of Toronto, with Jonardon becoming the Bimal Matilal Distinguished Professor of Philosophy.  This is wonderful news for Indian philosophy in North America! From Leiter’s Blog: The University of Toronto has appointed two leading scholars of Indian philosophy, one senior and one junior. Jonardon Ganeri, currently Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi, will become the Bimal Matilal Distinguished Professor of Philosophy... The Indian Philosophy Blog -


14th Annual Mad Meta Program is Out! Linked here. Conference is September 13-15, 2019, in Madison. PEA Soup -


The Philosophy of Charles Travis: Language, Thought, and Perception 2019.06.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Collins and Tamara Dobler (eds.), The Philosophy of Charles Travis: Language, Thought, and Perception, Oxford University Press, 2018, 373pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198783916. Reviewed by Reshef Agam-Segal, Virginia Military Institute A famous philosopher once visited my school when I was studying for my MA. We hoped to get clarifications from him about his views. More realistic, our professor, Gilead Bar-Eli, told us: “You... Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews -


Toronto Hires Two in Indian Philosophy The University of Toronto Department of Philosophy has just hired two scholars who specialize in Indian philosophy: Jonardon Ganeri, currently professor of philosophy and humanities at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus, and Elisa Freschi, currently at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. art by Bharti Kher Professor Ganeri works on consciousness, the self, attention, the epistemology of inquiry, multiple-category ontologies, non-classical logics, the history of ideas in early modern South Asia, intellectual... Daily Nous -


Houses of philosophers Ray Monk says that Wittgenstein's "last two years were spent living as a guest of his friends and disciples – with Malcolm in Ithaca, von Wright in Cambridge, and Elizabeth Anscombe in Oxford." In case anyone's interested, here's what these places look like.According to this article, Malcolm's address was 1107 Hanshaw Road, and when Wittgenstein stayed there his room was upstairs. It's easy to find pictures online, such as this one:The British Wittgenstein Society says that... Language Goes on Holiday -


My Review of Michael Naas’s Plato and the Invention of Life is live at Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy. If you wish to read my longer, article-length version, that is here. And if you wish to hear Michael deliver part of this project at Memorial University of Canada two years ago, that audio is here. Philosophy in a Time of Error -


Flourishing with Controversy: How Philosophy of Race Does It One of the popular narratives about higher education is that the discussion of and disagreement over controversial ideas is imperiled, owing to the dominance of political correctness on college campuses.  Here at Daily Nous, I’ve occasionally argued that this narrative is overblown, and that, especially in philosophy, informed and reasonable discussion of controversial issues is not in serious danger from political correctness. (If anything, the threats to philosophers discussing race have tended to come from... Daily Nous -


Representation at the APA “41 of 45 the APA’s officers, or 91.1%, are from research universities. While I understand that research plays a central role in the discipline, this strikes me as potentially a missed opportunity in several respects.” Those are the words of Marcus Arvan, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Tampa, in a  post at The Philosophers’ Cocoon, written in the wake of the American Philosophical Association’s recent elections. Anni Albers, “Orchestra III” Professor Arvan isn’t objecting to which... Daily Nous -


Winners of the 2019 Canadian Philosophical Association’s Book and Essay Prizes The Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA) last week announced the winners of its 2019 book and essay prizes. The book prize, offered every other year, was awarded to the authors of two books: Arash Abizadeh, professor of political science at McGill University, for his Hobbes and the Two Face of Ethics Michel Seymour, professor  of philosophy at the University of Montreal and Jérôme Gosselin-Tapp, a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Ottawa, for their La nation pluraliste: Repenser la diversité religieuse au... Daily Nous -


Smith on Smith Here is the opening paragraph to Vernon’s Foreward to Propriety and Prosperity. I would urge anyone interested in situated cognition to read his superb Rationality in Economics: Constructivist and Ecological Forms, amazingly an unknown work within situated circles, proponent or critic. Also worth a read is Vernon’s memoir. This book is a welcome addition to the resurgent scholarly… Man Without Qualities -


Student Reflection Snapshot: Anthony Hodnett This series of Student Reflections is based on interviews conducted by Elyse Purcell and Sarah Horne during the APA’s 2019 Central Division Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Anthony ... Read more... Blog of the APA -


Mini-Heap Yet another new Mini-Heap… What can we learn from auditory illusions about the relationship between mind and reality? — an especially delightful episode of Hi-Phi Nation, from Barry Lam (Vassar) How much enhancement can the self take? — Susan Schneider (Connecticut) on the philosophical issues raised by the prospects of human-AI mergers “The devised multi-disciplinary program failed to transition to a mature inter-disciplinary coherent field” — doubts about the field of cognitive science (via Evan Thompson) “The graduate... Daily Nous -


Review of Reviews (The Courtier and the Heretic, Exultant, The Slow Professor, Cosmonaut Keep, Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon) It's been awhile since I posted an old-fashioned review of reviews (as opposed to a "round up"), so here it goes!  In this one I'm reviewing three non-fiction books and two fiction books: The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza & the Fate of God in the Modern World by Matthew Stewart, Exultant by Stephen Baxter, The Slow Professor by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber, Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod, and Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon, edited by Sydney... Examined Worlds -


Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery 2019.06.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rani Lill Anjum and Stephen Mumford, Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery, Oxford University Press, 2018, 278pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198733669. Reviewed by Clark Glymour, Carnegie Mellon University In both the big and the small, science has changed in the last decades. We have huge sky surveys capable of following regions of stars over time. We can measure the joint time... Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews -


PHQ play Beethoven and Schubert (and some Dvorak) To Wigmore Hall, to hear the Pavel Haas Quartet again. A matchless evening. In the second half of the concert, they played the Trout Quintet with the pianist Boris Giltburg and Enno Senft on double bass. This is joyous music, and the five of them were obviously enjoying themselves enormously; you kept catching shared half-smiles as they played with such verve, without ever losing their subtle colouring and wonderful ensemble. Giltburg in particular was dazzling... Logic Matters -


Redefining Metaphysics: The Engineering Model for Reality and Philosophy by Michael M. Kazanjian My book, Unified Philosophy: Interdisciplinary Metaphysics, Cyberethics, and Liberal Arts, redefines metaphysics. I show how it underlies ethics, epistemology, theology, and ... Read more... Blog of the APA -


Greco from Saint Louis to Georgetown John Greco, currently the Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy at Saint Louis University, will be moving to the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University. John Greco Professor Greco is known for his work in epistemology and philosophy of religion. At Georgetown, he will be taking up the McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy, one of four positions endowed in 2008 by a bequest from Robert L. McDevitt, who graduated from Georgetown in 1940, and his wife,... Daily Nous -


The postmodern conservatism of Peter Lawler Matt McManus’ latest on this topic with a special shout-out to Peter. Stay tuned for Matt’s forthcoming book which goes into this topic in great detail. Liberalismmatt McManuspeter lawlerPolitical philosophypost modernism Man Without Qualities -