Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Last Stone

Looks like The Stone is going on hiatus. Hopefully a long one. Excepting today's boilerplate sign-off post by the current editor, the new year is already off to a good start...


Anonymous said...

Hooray: a post not about the APA or the job market!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Spiros,
I am recently tenured at a crap university. I now find philosophy completely unenjoyable. Is this a normal reaction after the tenure process? When I started this job, I couldn't wait to get up every morning to do more philosophy. Now I am totally sick of it.
Avid Reader

Anonymous said...


Quit. If you're going to work a job you hate, find one that pays better.

CTS said...


There is a common period of post-tenure let-down - depression, anger, and so on. Suddenly, you are not focused on the great event; you can start to resent the torments you went through; you realize that you may be at this place for the rest of your career. Your are exhausted.

For most people, this passes. One of the great advantages of being an academic is that you can always retreat into love of your field, no matter how dumb or frustrating the rest of the work.

Give it some time.

Anonymous said...

3:02--CTS is right. For most this does pass. It does help if you enjoy teaching as well as research, especially at your typical "crap university". But with dedication and diligence, you'd be surprised how rewarding a career it can be even on the rim of civilization. A lot of it really is up to you.

Glaucon said...

Well, they'll stone you and say that it's the end
Then they'll stone you and then they'll come back again
They'll stone you and the comments mostly suck
And they'll stone you and you'll say what the fuck
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned

Anonymous said...


I'll save you the pain of quoting the lyrics of Neil Diamond's "Stones"--

but then again I suspect the damage is already done.

wv: fibsi, as in "I approve this message"

Chairephon said...

As a fellow companion of Socrates, let me just say: Glaucon FTW!

Spiros said...

I have to say that if there were a prize on this blog for for Best Jerk Regular Commenter, it'd go to Glaucon.

Anonymous said...

Avid Reader here: thanks everyone for comments. You know this blog cheers me up. Thanks Spiros!

Anonymous said...

You know this blog cheers me up.

Ha, Spiros fails again!