A friend in the news

You may remember a post in ’08 about Eric Schwitzgebel’s data on women faculty in the  philosophy profession.  If so, you may be interested in today’s NY Times article that conveys his views on an approach to studying consciousness.  The methodology has gotten quite  a bit of attention, and Eric’s comments seem to me to be just right.

(If you don’t, the post is worth another read for the picture of the profession we get.)

Go forth and shoplift from big chains

so sayeth Father Jones:

Speaking to his congregation on Sunday, Father Jones said: “My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift.
“I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither.
“I would ask that they do not steal from small, family businesses, but from national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices.
“When people are released from prison, or find themselves suddenly without work or family support, then to leave them for weeks and weeks with inadequate or clumsy social support is monumental, catastrophic folly.
“We create a situation which leaves some people little option but crime.”

(Thanks, Jender-Parents!)

Court-martial for pregnancy

The BBC writes:

A US Army general in northern Iraq has defended his decision to add pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier under his command could face court martial…
The male sexual partners of female soldiers who get pregnant would also “face the consequences”, he said.

(Thanks, Jender-Parents!)

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key: A Summer Institute for Undergraduates

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key

A Summer Institute for Undergraduates

July 25-August 1, 2010

Philosophy: Experience, Reflection, Transformation

Ladelle McWhorter, Director
Professor of Philosophy, Richmond College

Guest Faculty: Darrell Moore, Associate Professor, DePaul University
Eva Feder Kittay, Distinguished Professor, State University of New York/SUNY

Along with works in feminist, critical race, disability, and queer theory, students will read historical and contemporary philosophical texts that explore recurring human concerns and investigate the ways in which experience informs philosophical reflection. In addition, writing assignments, visiting lecturers, and mentoring will help students learn that their own perspectives matter to philosophy.

Participants will be named Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars and will receive support from the

Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars Fund

Undergraduate women or men from underrepresented groups including racial, ethnic and sexual minorities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. All students will receive a stipend, free transportation, and lodging.

APPLICATIONS DUE: April 15, 2010

For more details see: