Philosophy job market in ancient Greece

Strangely, no one is offering an academic position to Thales, the famous founder of Greek philosophy. The rumor has it that it’s because he is suffering from hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Zeno has declined an attractive position of professor of philosophy in Athens, explaining (convincingly) that he could not move from Elea. Despite his high esteem … More Philosophy job market in ancient Greece

Brian Leiter and When Reason Goes on Holiday

In a recent post on his blog, Brian Leiter opens a discussion about my article “Study Philosophy to Improve Thinking–A Case of False Advertising?” published two days ago in Quillette. Although Leiter says that the discussion will be moderated and that “only comments related to the issues raised by the essay are invited”, he did not stick … More Brian Leiter and When Reason Goes on Holiday

A raging philosopher

Philosopher Sally Haslanger (MIT) is very unhappy about how she has been treated by her colleagues in philosophy: There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy. “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)”, Hypatia 23 (2008), p. … More A raging philosopher

How to see further than others: four strategies

(1) “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton (2) “If I have seen further than others, it was because I was surrounded by midgets.” — Murray Gell-Mann (3) “If some people have seen further than others, it is because they were midgets standing … More How to see further than others: four strategies

Advice to a former student, an aspiring philosopher

So you want to become a philosopher? Should you apply for graduate studies in philosophy? Maybe. But you should be aware that you will achieve your goal only if you overcome the following obstacles, one after the other: (A) You have to be admitted to a good graduate program in philosophy. (A number of extremely … More Advice to a former student, an aspiring philosopher