Philosophy

The 'Great Divide' in Religious Studies

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When it comes to introductory courses in religion and theology, the big division isn't a question of faith, but of priorities. 

Students want lots of discussion in class sessions and they want to learn facts about religious groups. They also want to become better people. Professors aren't opposed to any of those things, but they are much more interested in teaching critical thinking. While the numbers vary, the gap between students' and professors' goals for these courses is evident at both religious and non-religious institutions.

Did Peter Singer Back Animal Research?

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No, but the intellectual father of animal rights admitted the possibility that some experiments might be justified.

Stanford's New Grants for the Humanities

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Winning research support is tough for faculty members in all disciplines -- and makes or breaks careers, especially at research universities. For those in the sciences, competition from many federal agencies has grown more intense in recent years, but there are still billions given out annually and even relatively junior professors can hope to land grants of significant size.

A University Without Physics and Philosophy?

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Indiana State, citing accreditor's demand to end low-enrollment programs, draws criticism with its recommended choices.

Philosophical Questions

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William & Mary imposes outside chair on department. Is the college protecting junior faculty or punishing dissent?

Inspired by Aquinas

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Political scientist gets ready to end long career at Marquette to start a new university dedicated to the ideas of the 13th century thinker.

Philosophy and Sexism

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Essay prompts debate over paucity of women in top departments and in the pages of top journals.

The Platonic Ideal of Perfection

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A philosophy professor at McGill University requires a perfect score to continue class on Plato -- and students complain. Prisoners chained in a cave?

Looking Back on 60 Years in Academe

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Retired philosopher and Pittsburgh provost Rudolph Weingartner's book examines liberal education, the life of the student and the nature of teaching.

Unusual Job Requirement

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Philosophers consider implications of requiring applicants to be members of Phi Beta Kappa.

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