New Papers at Philosophers' Imprint
We are happy to have just published four new papers.
The Musicality of Speech, by James Lewis - https://doi.org/10.3998/phimp.643
Essentialist Non-Reductivism, by Taylor-Grey Edward Miller - https://doi.org/10.3998/phimp.1205
Darwin's Causal Argument Against Creationism, by Hayley Clatterbuck - https://doi.org/10.3998/phimp.930
Does Compositionality Entail Complexity?, by John Adorno Keller - https://doi.org/10.3998/phimp.2977
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An arithmetic identity that is regulariy misunderstood.
The average number of references in a paper (10-20 in most fields) is equal to the average number of times a paper is cited.
The average number of times a paper is actually read could be much more than this. It could also be less, if academics cite papers they haven't read (this happens!)
Watching the NFL playoffs and seeing all this TurboTax sponsorship reminds me of how TurboTax's parent company spent decades lobbying to prevent free and easy e-filing of your tax returns.
UM is hiring a cog sci postdoc, and a lot of philosophers would be good fits for it.
Horrifying report on the misuse of statistics in criminal trials.
They made a TV show of a giant game of Mafia set in the Scottish highlands. It's like being on a Arche retreat, except with reality TV "stars" in place of philosophers.
uspol, academic freedom, very -
"The presidents of Florida’s 28 state and community colleges said in a statement on Wednesday that they would identify and eliminate, by February 1, any academic requirement or program “that compels belief in critical race theory or related concepts such as intersectionality.”"
I don't actually swear much on social media but *holy shit*
History of 20th century philosophy
When I was looking around for something else yesterday, I came across this book from 1932: "Contemporary Idealism in America".
I've got it on order from the library stacks (it's held off-site here I think), and I'm a bit interested in what's in it
Standard histories of English-language philosophy act like the book's title should have been a non-referring expression by 1932.
I was doing some coding, i.e., looking up how to do something on Stack Overflow, and saw that one of the top discussion questions was "How to distinguish between philosophy and non-philosophy". It's probably better that I didn't wade in.
Apparently some high profile carbon offsets are, at best, useless.
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I wonder if this means that TikTok would be banned on University of Michigan computers, or perhaps even on any device connected to a UM network?
History of Philosophy Journals
This is a fascinating issue of Philosophical Review. The main articles are part of "A Symposium on Oriental Philosophy", starting with articles by Fung Yu-Lan on Chinese philosophy, and by Dhirendra Mohan Datta on Indian philosophy. And the reviews section contains a review (by Rawls) of a collection of essays by the Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski.
This isn't what prominent English-language philosophy journals looked like either before or after 1948, and it's a fascinating what-might-have-been moment.
Thomson on Moral Ignorance
The paper is interesting for several reasons.
One is that it features a clear statement of the view that moral ignorance fully excuses; one that probably should be cited in the literature on ignorance and excuse. That is to say, *I* should have cited it.
But another is that she thinks that moral ignorance is the *only* excuse, or at least the only full excuse. As she says
"Nevertheless, the concept "wrong" is clearly not independent of the concept "blameworthy." Unless the qualification "He didn't know X-ing was wrong" is added, wherever "wrong" applies, "blameworthy" applies too." (pg. 69)
Is there anyone in the contemporary literature who holds this view, i.e., that moral ignorance is a full excuse, and it is the only excuse?
Judy Thomson didn't pull punches about philosophy she didn't like from a very early stage.
I'm going to give a *particularly* weird talk at this meeting, on the nature of interdisciplinary work and how digital projects in philosophy can (and can't) collaborate with professional digital humanists given that much of what we want to do is incredibly boring by DH standards. (Bonus comparisons will be found with the literature on philosophy of science in practice.) #interdisciplinarity #digitalhumanities #philosophy #philsci
According to ProPublica, 33 years after the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, federally funded US institutions have failed to release the remains of more than 100,000 Indigenous people.
US Berkeley, the single worst offender, says it means to handle it within ten years. Harvard, in the #2 spot, refused to comment. You can look up your local institutions.
Philosophy prof at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Originally from Melbourne.
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