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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, Vogler is an expert on living meaningfully. She and her collaborators study universal issues: “questions about the relations between being a good person and enjoying your life or having happiness, and having a sense of meaning or purpose,” she says. “We want to think about what it takes for those to line up.” And because the issues are universal, she’s eager to share the project’s work beyond the academy (through a blog, a podcast, a lecture series, and a culminating conference open to all). ¶   ¶ The alignment of...

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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 and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability, Oxford University Press, 2016, 257pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198778592. ¶ Reviewed by Karl Schafer, University of California, Irvine This collection brings together two groups of essays, unified by a concern for the relevance of explanatory considerations to metaethics and philosophy of mathematics. The first group (by Justin Clarke-Doane, Folke Tersman, Toby Handfield, Erik J. Wielenberg, Hallvard Lillehammer) focuses on the potential negative role of such considerations. More precisely, these essays discuss "evolutionary debunking arguments" -- for example, arguments that aim to show that the evolutionary origins of our moral faculties undermine our entitlement to treat these faculties...

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Which one should we choose?

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Reminder: Wollstonecraft at Bilkent 1-2 June

Dear all, This is to remind you that our conference on Mary Wollstonecraft’s contribution to contemporary issues in philosophy is taking place next week in A130. We start on Thursday 1 at 10am and Friday at 10:40. Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see many of you there! See this...

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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...


Reminder: Wollstonecraft at Bilkent 1-2 June Dear all, This is to remind you that our conference on Mary Wollstonecraft’s contribution to contemporary issues in philosophy is taking place next week in A130. We start on Thursday 1 at 10am and Friday at 10:40. Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see many of you there! See this page for program and abstracts.


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. Dr Coffee will be available to talk with graduate students (and undergraduates who are applying to do graduate studies) about the skill set necessary for publishing in philosophy, selecting journals, drafting, getting feedback, collaborating, responding to reviewers’ reports. Please come with your questions to A130 on Friday 2 June, 12:40 till 13:30. Note that this will take place...


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 and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability, Oxford University Press, 2016, 257pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198778592. Reviewed by Karl Schafer, University of California, Irvine This collection brings together two groups of essays, unified by a concern for the relevance of explanatory considerations to metaethics and philosophy of mathematics. The first group (by Justin Clarke-Doane, Folke Tersman,...


Linhas de animismo futuro, the cover Which one should we choose?


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 and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability, Oxford University Press, 2016, 257pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198778592. Reviewed by Karl Schafer, University of California, Irvine This collection brings together two groups of essays, unified by a concern for the relevance of explanatory considerations to metaethics and philosophy of mathematics. The first group (by Justin Clarke-Doane, Folke Tersman,...


Advice on Publishing Peer Review Articles I was recently asked to give a short, ten minute presentation on writing and publishing peer review articles. The presentation was aimed at PhD students. In preparing for the talk, I realised how difficult it is to distill my thoughts on the process into just ten minutes. I have a love-hate relationship with publishing for peer review. It is essential to my life as an academic, but I sometimes feel trapped by the publication ‘game’,...


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 elsewhere wrote with this very apt analysis of Marx's own contribution to the debate in this famous, early essay:...


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 fast approaching, I thought I’d post a reminder.  Here are the details from the original post: I have agreed to guest edit, along with Prasanta Bandyopadhyay, the Fall 2017 edition of the APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies.  The theme of the issue will be “B. K. Matilal: The...


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 letter to the journal): So, if you might – please do – try to imagine my distaste when it was brought to my attention that your journal published a philosophical symposium on ‘black lives matter’ with not one philosopher of color represented, without one philosopher of color to...


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 variety of modern dance techniques and their history, along with dance improvisation, and doing David’s always inspired choreography. The central focus of the class, however, has been presence. David asked us to reflect on the first day on the following question: what makes a...


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’s Ice Cream, on Rukab Street; all he needed to do was reach into his pocket. At nearly two meters—six foot four—Sam Bahour might well have been the tallest man in the whole West Bank, but his cage was constructed so ingeniously that it could fit...


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An Impressively Detailed Philosophy Paper Grading Rubric Micah T. Lewin, a recent PhD from Stanford who is currently an adjunct professor of philosophy at Perimeter College, Georgia State University, has created an impressively detailed and helpful rubric for grading philosophy papers.  Check it out: Philosophy Paper Grading Rubric by Micah T. Lewin Here is a PDF of it, and you can find links to variously formatted versions of it as his teaching page. (Thanks to Nathan Nobis for bringing this to my...


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...


An Open Letter to the Editors of the Journal of Political Philosophy; or How Black Scholarship Matters, Too To the editors of the Journal of Political Philosophy, First, a primer: the idea ‘black lives matter’ and the political movement bearing that phrase represent something expansive but specific. The idea ‘black lives matter’ is an ethical demand calling for an end to the erasure of black lives and presence by systems of racist power […]


America Beyond Justice: Critical Review of Peter Temin, The Vanishing Middle Class, MIT Press 2017 Posted at: https://www.academia.edu/33176097/Review_of_Peter_Temin_The_Vanishing_Middle_Class_Prejudice_and_Power_in_a_Dual_Economy_MIT_Press_2017 Opening paragraph: America Beyond Justice: Critical Review of Peter Temin, The Vanishing Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, MIT Press, 2017   Peter Temin’s ambitious monograph on the recent political history of the USA combines economic data about inequality, a complementary theory of politics, and a consequent discussion of how those politics have produced, and sustain, various negative social effects. It is no accident that the book opens with the...


In Phenomenological Reviews, Gregory Jackson reviews Mahon O’Brien's Heidegger, History and the Holocaust. Heidegger’s concept of Gelassenheit is born out of his attempts to come to terms with what went wrong during the National Socialist regime in Germany. This concept is also born out of Heidegger attempts to confront the technological view of the meaning of being, and so offers us a potential way out of the force of its Gestell. O’Brien points out, however,...


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 institutions whose positions, as I understand it, often qualify under this program. Further information from readers about the...


Essay Rubric If you are looking for an awesome essay rubric, here's one, in a number of formats, by Micah Lewin:Philosophy Paper Grading Rubric (on One 11x17 PDF Page, on Multiple 8.5x11 PDF Pages, or as a JPEG).