Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review: Priceless Opening

"The question that I kept before me as I was reading this book and preparing to write this review is whether philosophers can learn anything valuable from it."


Monday, February 21, 2011

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Jeff Hanneman apparently is going to miss a few upcoming Slayer shows because he's recovering from necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that "eats away at the skin, fat, and bones of the inflicted."

Some are calling this an "incredibly metal reason" for missing a few shows. Meh. Not particularly metal in my book to let decaying flesh and bones get in the way.

Hanneman... not very metal after all.

More here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Senior Moment...

Crap! I completely forgot that February 11 is the birthday of Philosophers Anonymous.

The blog turned three years old last Friday. And you're still all a bunch of jerks.

I See a Darkness

JFP 189 is fucking bleak. Even for the post-Eastern JPFs. I count 6 entry-level TT jobs in the country.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Holiday Special!

Exactly how this is related to Valentine's Day will have to remain a mystery to readers...

This song gets my vote for best rock song that hardly anyone's heard of.

I won't make a case for the band or for anything else they've done. But this one's a classic.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Just Asking...

Do people think it's above board to list a 500 word book notice in a journal as a publication?

A slightly different question: Let's say you wrote by invitation a "book note" for Ethics (do they still run them?). Would that provide grounds for asserting in conversation that you'd "published a piece in Ethics?" I wouldn't think so-- it seems deceptive in the conversational context. But what do I know? Any views?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Harry Baals Government Center

Major news breaking here:

Despite garnering far more support in an online poll than the thicket of other suggestions, Fort Wayne's new government center is unlikely to be named after the city's longest tenured mayor, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports.

Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said naming the building the "Harry Baals Government Center" was probably not going to happen because, "We're not going to make any decisions that look bad."

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Oprah R. Dworkin

"We value great art most fundamentally not because the art as product enhances our lives but because it embodies a performance, a rising to artistic challenge. We value human lives well lived not for the completed narrative, as if fiction would do as well, but because they too embody a performance: a rising to the challenge of having a life to lead."


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Language Requirements

It's my impression that departmental language requirements are becoming extinct. And in my view that's a good thing. Students working on, say, Aristotle need to acquire a command of Greek that goes far beyond what departmental requirements would impose, and students working on, say, current debates in the metaphysics of free will probably have no occasion to use a foreign language in their research at all. In fact, students of the latter kind would be far better off devoting the time they might dedicate to learning a language to learning more modal logic, or more physics, or more psychology. And students in the former category would be better served by an intensive summer program in the languages they need, as determined by a dissertation director, given the student's projected research. The department, in other words, should have no independent role in any of this. It seems obvious to me.

But perhaps I'm overlooking some rather compelling consideration in favor of a departmental requirement?