Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Anyway, I think this issue has come up before, but I'm curious about whether others would agree with a bit of advice I gave. The student has been invited to contribute an essay to an edited collection and she asked whether she should accept the invitation. I told her no.
Now, let me make clear that although the edited collection is not coming out with Oxford, and it not being edited by some world famous philosopher, it is not a Pop Culture and Philosophy volume, either. I take it that an invitation to contribute to a collection edited by a leader in one's field for a major university press is a no-brainer: accept. I also take it that a fluff piece edited by a marginal scholar in a silly and embarrassing series for a vanity press is also a no-brainer: pass.
But what about an invitation from a decently recognized scholar for a volume of with a decent line-up for a decent press? I still say no. Any paper that would be good enough for such a project would be better placed in a peer-reviewed journal. Views? Too old school?
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Earlier this week, [Jon] Bon Jovi and bandmate Richie Sambora recorded a version of Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me" with Iranian superstar Andy Madadian. Their mission: to send a message of global solidarity to the people of Iran who are caught in the midst of debate and protest over the country's recent election.
Thank heavens! There's nothing more politically potent than know-nothing pop star millionaires taking up the role of self-appointed messengers of global political sentiment. Now if only we could get Bono and The Edge to do their part... Never fear: Sammy Hagar is releasing a new video of "Right Now," dedicated to the Iranian people.
I miss the Dead Kennedys.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I froze your tears, and made a dagger
and stabbed it in my cock, forever
it stays there like Excalibur
Are you my Arthur?
Say you are.
Take this cool dark steeled blade
steal it, sheathe it in your lake
I'd drown with you to be together
Must you breath?
'Cause I need heaven.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"Redding would not have been the first person to conceal pills in her undergarments [....] Nor will she be the last after today's decision, which announces the safest place to secrete contraband in school."
Forget for a moment about the dubious merits of CT's dissent. Am I right in thinking that the "would not have been" in the first sentence and the "will she be" in the second implies a contradiction?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Has anyone responded to these requests? Are they legitimate?
I ask because today I received by ground mail a strange note of this kind from someone in Asia. The note instantiates the usual form described above. But then it includes a photocopied bibliography from one of my recent publications, with roughly half of the entries circled in red. The student asks me to send her everything that's circled. The circled materials include Word and Object, several famous journal articles, one of the recent Oxford Handbooks, and my most recent book. The letter closes with the sentence, "Please send me books, articles."
Of course, I'm going to ignore this request. Has anyone else gotten something this strange recently?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
That might explain why the site claims there's still time to submit papers for the Eastern Division meeting.
They nicely fucked up the Central ballots, too.
Can't wait to see the JFP/meeting coordination for next year. Oh wait, the "2000-2010" publication schedule conveniently ends in 2009!
Time to boycott?
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UPDATE (6/22, 1:10pm): The first two items linked to above have been corrected! How about a partial refund of my dues, since I'm now helping you to do your job?
Friday, June 19, 2009
I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor . . . . I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind.
The Washintgon Times's transcription of G. W.'s June 17 swipe at Obama:
I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor . . . . I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that-- persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind.
Principle of Charity?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I've now gotten (in real life) dozens of invitations and requests to join various social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others with names I cannot remember. The number of such requests has me wondering whether it might not be good to do this kind of thing. Could someone weigh in on this? Are any such sites worth joining? Which ones? Why? What are the benefits? And so on.
I'm inclined to think that all such sites are just time-wasters or instruments of ersatz stalking. Am I wrong? Thanks.
Monday, June 15, 2009
But then he spent the rest of the ride complaining about how the new cabdrivers are ruining the taxi business-- they're not good drivers, they don't know the roads, they don't know the charges, they don't keep their cabs in good repair, etc., etc., etc.
I said, "It sounds like they need tighter regulation."
The driver replied, "Exactly."
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Anyway, here's a question:
Might there be a moral obligation for those who have jobs, are untenured, feel underplaced, and want to upgrade to not go on the job market this year? Vacated untenured lines are likely to simply dissolve (viz., untenured prof goes, the tt line goes as well), and the number of open untenured positions is already very low. So those who vacate untenured positions for untenured positions elsewhere are helping to shrink the overall number of jobs in philosophy.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
How much logic should graduate students in Philosophy have to learn? Why? Is there more than the (I'm guessing typical) prudential reason about needing to be able to teach basic logic? Is the logic requirement like the language requirement (arguably not necessary for all)? Or is the logic requirement more like an area requirement in, say, Metaphysics? And so on.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Young Man (anxiously searching his hipster bag): I know I have a bunch of quarters... I think have a quarter...
Young Woman (annoyed): C'mon.... Jeez....
Drunk Philosopher (to Young Man): If you know that you have a bunch of quarters, it follows that you have a quarter.
Young Man: Huh?
Young Woman (to Young Man): What did that guy say to you? Whatever. Let's go....
[The couple leaves together.]
The one thing "public philosophy" is good for: getting other people laid.