Archive for philosophy

Save Philosophy at Keele

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“In the latest disastrous development in British Higher Education, due no doubt to the Government’s ill thought out proposal to transform (and rudely marketise) the process of University funding, Keele University has asked its Senate to consider a proposal to close the Philosophy program there …” (more)

[Storm breaking upon the university, 20 March]


After Keele, Who’s Next?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“So after an attempt to close down Philosophy at Middlesex and cut Philosophy at King’s College London, now the Philosophy Department in Keele is threatened with closure, together with Keele’s Centre for Professional Ethics …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 18 March]

What can you do with a degree in philosophy?

Posted in Life with tags on 30 October 2010 by Steve

“It was the French philosopher René Descartes who said: ‘I think, therefore I am’. But devoting your days to thinking about life’s big questions hardly translates into an obvious career plan. No wonder philosophy has long been derided as a degree for drifters …” (more)

[Angela Foster, Guardian, 30 October]

Philosophy and real life

Posted in teaching with tags on 2 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Warwick University is about to announce the first academic with an explicit brief to engage a wide audience with philosophy. Dr Angela Hobbs will be made senior fellow in the public understanding of philosophy. It’s a great innovation. The post is analogous to those aimed at the public understanding of science, a task with which a number of academics are now charged following the success of Richard Dawkins in that role at Oxford University. But if it is clear how you and I might gain from a better knowledge of science, what’s the case for philosophy? …” (more)

[Mark Vernon, Guardian, 2 October]

Philosophers don’t think much of university staff cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 9 July 2009 by Steve

Australia“I think, therefore I am, but, if you are a philosopher at Melbourne University, maybe you are just not. Philosophers aren’t known for kicking up a fuss; they would much rather be in cafes discussing the meaning of … well, everything. Yesterday the country’s deep thinkers banded together to blast Melbourne University for halving its philosophy school. They blame the prestigious school’s steep fall in the world rankings squarely on the staff departures …” (more)

[Andrew Trounson, The Australian, 10 July]

Why a Reality TV Show Is Seeking Professors

Posted in Life with tags , , on 16 May 2009 by Steve

USA“A few weeks back, several bloggers commented on reports that Wife Swap, an ABC reality show in which the wives of two families are switched for a week, was seeking philosophers. Kieran Healy wondered which of two ways the show might go: ‘airy-fairy life of the mind vs huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ or a contrast of philosophical beliefs, such as Modal Realists vs Phenomenologists (‘I thought you said all the beer was in the effing fridge’); Rawlsians vs Libertarians; or John Emerson goes to live with John Hawthorne.’ ABC was quiet at the time the rumors appeared, but the network now confirms that it is looking for philosophers – and will pay $20,000 to those selected …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 15 May]

Liverpool’s cuts have not been thought through

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 March 2009 by Steve

“It was with great sadness, and a considerable degree of anger, that I learned of plans by Liverpool University to close several of its departments. I was especially aggrieved to hear that politics and philosophy face the axe. Before entering politics I studied philosophy up to doctorate level, and as it happens received an MA in Philosophy from Liverpool University way back in the 1970s. People often say to me: ‘What’s the point in philosophy? Isn’t it just sitting around thinking?’ Yet as anybody who has studied the subject will know, ‘sitting around thinking’ brings all sorts of benefits …” (more)

[John Pugh, Mortarboard, 11 March]