Monday, October 22, 2012

What is to be done?

This kind of thing has been discussed here and elsewhere, but I don't know how to resolve it.  Let me lay out a scenario that I'm sure is familiar to you:
You submit a paper to a fancy journal.  The journal acknowledges the submission, and informs you that the review process typically takes 6 months.  You wait 6 months.  Then you wait a few weeks more.  Then you send an exceedingly polite note to the journal editor, registering a "friendly query" as to the status of the submission.  You either get no reply, or you get a reply saying that the editor will "look into" the status (it matters not which).  Another two weeks goes by.  So you send another exceedingly polite email, now registering a "friendly query" concerning the editor's query into the status of your submission.  More time slips by, and you get no response from the editor, or you get another "I'll look into it" note (this time more curt than the prior response).  More time goes by....

And so on.  Some questions: What can one do?  At what point should one just retract the submission?  At what point is one justified in sending the paper out to another journal without retracting from the first? 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Paul Kurtz Posse

Paul Kurtz has a posse. 

George McGovern Posse

George McGovern has a posse.

Here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Soon to Be Sorry I asked?

I happened today to overhear a couple of nut-jobs talking politics.  Well, they were talking about what they regard as politics, but what really is morbid fantasizing.  They were claiming that the current President of the US is a secret devil-worshiper who wants to see "America fail," and who intends in his second term (they were presuming he was getting one...) to do all kinds of awful (so they think) things, among them being "removing 'In God We Trust'" from the US currency, taking the phrase out of the Pledge of Allegiance, and striking it from all other public spaces.  This, of course, was claimed to be part of an overall plan to turn the US into a "Godless country." 

It's nonsense, of course.  But it got me to wondering why these types do not argue for adding religious language to public things that currently lack them.  To cite an obvious case: Why aren't they up in arms about the absence of "In God We Trust" on the flag?  If we need these magic words on our money and in our pledge, why shouldn't they also be needed on our flag?  Or, stronger still: Why is "under God" so important in a pledge to a flag that itself professes no loyalty to God?

I'm puzzled.  Or am I ignorant?  Is there a large social movement among the nuts in the country to add mention of God to the flag?  I would have asked the nuts I saw today, but was afraid that in doing so I'd be giving them a new crazy idea.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Arlen Specter Posse



Arlen Specter has a posse.

Here.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

J. J. C. Smart Posse

Jack Smart has a posse. 

Please post obits if you find them. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PhilJobs vs. JFP

In the thread on the previous post, an Anon writes:

Philjobs's graph now has "tenure or tenure-track jobs." Currently it is 181 at philjobs, 108 at the JFP.

http://philjobs.org/

Surely it's worth advertising this fact.  I wonder whether the new JFP is too little too late, and now should just be abandoned for PhilJobs and other such sites, all of which look to me far more functional than the APA's version.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Job Market?

Now that the JFP is online and in a new format, is there any way of gauging the state of the job market in Philosophy?  Can anyone say whether there are more TT jobs than there were last year?

Monday, October 1, 2012

New JFP Website is Up

The New JFP Website is up and running.  Of course, in order to access it, one must click around a bit on the APA website... Anyway here's the link to the JFP logon page.

Now all we have to do is wait to see if it works.

10am...

Still no JFP.... 

9am... Still no JFP?

It's 9am on October 1-- the day of the widely advertised launch of the APA's new JFP website-- and I still can find no trace of the new Jobs for Philosophers...

It's 8am, October 1st...

Do you know where your JFP is?  And I can't find any trace of the new Jobs for Philosophers site.

I guess that when they widely advertised that the new site would be launched on October 1, they didn't mean that it would go live at, you know, the start of the business day.  I really hope this is not yet another complete APA fuckup.