Philosophy Comics

Margreet de Heers’ philosophy comic book is reviewed by Suzette Chan at Sequential Tart here.

Philosophy can sometimes be presented as dogma, removing the pursuit from real lives and preserving it in the ivory tower. Refreshingly, Margreet de Heer’s graphic novel Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics (published by NMB), characterizes philosophy as a process, not a product.

De Heer leads readers through the book with questions such as “What is thinking?” and “What is reality?” — questions that she began to ask when she was a child. Personalizing the questions reminds us of how philosophy is rooted in our curiosity about the universe, and also creates the feeling that we are companions in this enterprise.


Read the rest of the review here.

Visit Margreet de Heer’s website here.

CFP: Race, Gender, and Hate Speech

CFP: Race, Gender, and Hate Speech

The second annual Dorothy Edgington Lectures will be given by Professor Rae Langton

January 24th-25th 2014, Birkbeck College, LONDON

As well as giving two public lectures, Rae Langton will lead a 2 day graduate workshop on race and gender hate speech, and closely related topics. We invite submissions on these topics, from graduate and postgraduate students, to be presented at the workshop.


15th October 2013


(1) Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (including footnotes, excluding bibliography), to be presented in 30 minutes

(2) They should be prepared for blind refereeing

(3) They should include a cover-sheet, with the title, an abstract, your name, institution affiliation, and student status

(4) They should be formatted with 1.5 spacing, 10pt font, and saved as .pdfs, or .doc (not .docx)

(5) Send all submissions to: edgingtonlectures AT

Accommodation for student speakers will be available with members of the department.

Workshop registration is free for graduate students, but there are limited spaces – to register for either the workshop or the lectures email: edgingtonlectures AT

For more information, go

‘Don’t be that dude’

Tenure, She Wrote has a really wonderful list of rules for How not to be That Dude – ways for the male academic to be a helpful, gender-ally colleague.

At at the end of the list, I’m particularly fond of:

20. Finally, if you do all of the above, don’t expect a cookie. Your efforts may go unacknowledged or even unrecognized much of the time. Keep at it anyway, because you’re not out to get special recognition. You’re doing it because it’s the decent thing to do.

(Thanks for the tip, H!)