Philosophy

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.

Upgrading to Philosophy 2.0

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Philosophers discuss how to adopt technologies that could improve individualized instruction and upend the way scholars publish their work.

Where Kant Meets Kareem

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Authors of "Basketball and Philosophy" expound on what makes the sport ripe for analytical discussion, and what to make of Indiana University's coaching turmoil.

If You Text in Class, This Prof Will Leave

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Syracuse professor takes a firm stance against what he views as disrespect. But his identification of students' ethnicity has some accusing him of rudeness.

Theologian Uninvited to Hold Chair

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U. of San Diego announced that Rosemary Ruether would be teaching about Catholicism there in 1-year position; then critics of her views mobilized.

College Bans Nietzsche Quote on Prof's Door

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"God is dead." That phrase, from Friedrich Nietzsche's The Gay Science, is among the philosopher's most well known -- and most hotly debated.

At Temple College, a community college in Texas, the words in the original German -- Gott ist tot -- have been barred from a professor's office door. While the college says that to leave the phrase up would offend others and constitute and endorsement of the phrase, the professor and others see a double standard in place, and a violation of academic freedom.

The Tightening Humanities Job Market

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With big disciplinary meetings about to start, some reliable measures start to appear about how many colleges are really hiring -- and the news isn't good.

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