A new semester: social philosophy

It’s almost time for the second semester of the year here down under. While the Tour de France wraps up, and American academics are heading back to work after a summer break, in Oz we’ve been cramming things into the brief break between first semester marking and second semester organisation. I’m looking forward to teaching.… Continue reading A new semester: social philosophy

Subjective and objective elements in justice for education

[Abstract for an upcoming workshop] Recent political discussion in Australia regularly raises concern over State support for education, from early childhood through to University and institutions for vocational training. The main reference is Australia’s relative decline in benchmarks compared to other OECD countries. Debate often focuses on the “Gonski” report, the funding and implementation of… Continue reading Subjective and objective elements in justice for education

Why you should attend lectures

For my students. A lot of philosophy is about arguments. Not in the antagonistic and angry way, but in reasoned debate. Philosophy is more than opinions, for it is about persuading others that a particular view is the right or most reasonable view. That can be hard for young adults, trying to carve out a space for… Continue reading Why you should attend lectures

Philosophy and history

At Macquarie we have developed a little focus area on the interaction between philosophy and history; the history of philosophy; the methodological concerns relevant to philosophy, and so on. A few of us – myself, Mike Olson, Jean-Philippe Deranty, among others – have been pursuing these ideas here and there. So, we’re going to conduct… Continue reading Philosophy and history

Diary of an ECR #11: Teaching and research

A full month since my last post. Teaching is underway, and I’m at work on a research article. Throw in a few other parts of life, and things have got suddenly a whole lot busier. And that means less space to reflect on what it is I am doing. But let’s make some time for that now. With… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #11: Teaching and research

Diary of an ECR #10

A little bit of therapy for this diary entry. I am just about to wind up my contract, having worked at my current post for two years. The teaching job I had been doing was transmogrified into a continuing (aka permanent, tenured) position – but only half-time. Research is mostly not provided for in that position. Two… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #10