In case you're felling a little bit too good this morning....
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The following was overheard; it was said by a recently retired university administrator who is not trained in the Humanities, but apparently had overseen a lot of Humanities hires, promotions, and tenure cases. I'm told this is nearly verbatim. Make of it what you will.
The Philosophers think their discipline is divided into "English" and "Continental" factions. I have no idea what the importance is of the languages is supposed to be, but they think there is a gigantic difference between philosophy that gets done by people working English and those who work in European languages. And it is more a mess because some English speaking philosophers claim allegiance with the Continental philosophers. They write works about what the European language philosophers think. That's their philosophy. But the only real difference comes to this. The English language philosophers, the ones who don't report the ideas of the European language philosophers, try to out argue each other. This is what they do when they think that someone has said something important. They try to bludgeon it. And then they say how smart the guy who thought of the bludgeoned idea is for having thought of it. I get that. But the English speakers who ally with the European language philosophers don't do that at all. They just root for each other. In evaluation letters, they never say anything critical; they just heap praise. The hyperbole is amazing. It's like they're a group of highschoolers with self-esteem problems.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
I made the mistake of going to a shopping mall this afternoon, so of course I was subjected to all the obscenity that the Christmas shopping season has to offer. Serves me right, I know. But I encountered a new nauseating factor: Some group of wailing British women (could it be the Spice Girls?) have produced a cover of The Waitresses "Christmas Wrappings" that is even more annoying and vapid than the original. Wonders never cease.
Rest assured, readers: I still maintain that the APA is a cesspool of incompetence and a disgrace to our profession. I'll have DOOM to report in the coming weeks. My only point in the previous post is that we have set our expectations so low that anything short of a complete disaster is a most pleasant surprise.
Friday, November 2, 2012
I think it's safe to say at this point that the online JFP is not a disaster. It's been up and (mostly) functional for a full month. I'm not sure I fully understand all of the function and layout choices, and I still find the whole site clumsy. The other philosophy jobs sites are much better, it seems to me. But this is by far better than what I had grown accustomed to expect from the APA.