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Sistemic Violence

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Yes. Well. I’m glad the most I generally have to deal with is whether one may write ‘indigenous’ without capitalisation.

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Brook No Empty Assertions

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Despite our both having links to Durham’s Philosophy Dept. I’ve never met Thom Brooks, who I think came to Durham shortly before I stopped being physically there. Occasionally he makes waves I notice: once some students contacted me hoping I could advise on getting a critical response published to something he’d written (they were into polyamory …

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Disoriented

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As I understand it (from some distance), the story so far goes something like this: (1) The students’ union at the School of Oriental and African Studies urges that its philosophy-related courses should teach mostly African and Asian thinkers (not in itself startling given the name of the institution), and insofar as white philosophers must be …

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OvARtaken

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A while back I was contracted to write a chapter for a textbook in philosophy of technology, on the theme of video games and virtual reality. Owing to publishing lead times, the book is due out next April, but my chapter has been drafted and revised already, back when it was clear I ought to mention …

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Food for Thought

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I recently got the editorial board’s comments on a textbook chapter. It seems somebody named James Petrik had fun with the draft:

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The Broken Scholarly Record

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One of the reasons why scholarly self-publication is supposed to be dubious or bad, and self-archiving only a supplementary good, is that material posted to one’s personal website lasts until one stops paying the server bills, having died or vanished in foreign jungles or simply lost interest. One online repository of scholarly articles which seems unlikely …

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Copied

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There were only a couple of times when I spotted plagiarism during teaching/marking stints, though no doubt there were others I missed. Both students had been apparently optimistic that so long as a source was listed in the bibliography, lifting from it would be given the benefit of the doubt; one even found an essay answering …

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Philosophy Without Affiliation

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A question that crosses quite a few minds from time to time, given that academic jobs are (1) fewer than the people qualified to do them and (2) haunted by bureaucracy and political interference: what are the prospects for living a life of philosophical dialogue and enquiring research without institutional affiliation? In early 2010 Justine Johnstone …

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Devalued

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Delegates passed a motion calling for the abolition of ‘zero-hours contracts’ in which academics are employed on an ad hoc basis with no guarantee of teaching within a year. The use of unpaid postgraduates to carry out seminars was also condemned.
Times Higher Education Supplement

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Back and Forth

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From 2003 (the year I entered the University of Durham as an undergrad. fresher):

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London Weighting?

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Where do I get news about the plight of postgrad. philosophy teaching assistants at Birkbeck? Private Eye, naturally...

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‘Staff’ When It Suits

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Surprise mass e-mails from the Vice Chancellor seldom augur well...

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Spanish Research Practices?

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Are pre-doctoral research posts normal in Spanish academia?

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Mission Accomplished

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Among the irritating things in life is correcting a typo. or similar in a Ph.D. thesis after submitting the final version, because neither you nor the examiners had spotted it;Actually, it’s worse: I spotted one even before the viva, and fixed it... but failed to notice my PDF reader saving the revised file to the wrong …

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Here We Go Again...

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I shall be doing some part-time Philosophy teaching again this academic year, and the start of term at Durham is fast approaching. What news comes from elsewhere in the sector to fill us with optimistic keenness and pedagogical vigour? This news:

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