No end of books

The new semester has started rolling in Australia. While the Northern hemisphere is busily gearing up for a new academic year, in the Antipodes we have had a brief break, perhaps punctuated by conferences, before rolling into the second semester. Unit guides have been published, first lectures charted out, and here we are: fresh batches… Continue reading No end of books

Taking account of contracts

In my previous post I added up a few figures on my financial year as a contract academic. I suggested, too, that what was important here was recognition. In saying that, I wanted to move the debate away from my personal circumstances – mine are just one example, after all – and open up the… Continue reading Taking account of contracts

Philosophy, ‘pipelines’, and online teaching

Philosophy has no industry. Outside of the university, and a small number of independent authors, there is no job titled ‘philosopher’. It’s an observation students make a lot to me, and is probably one encountered the world over (with – maybe – an exception in France; I’d love to know…). And yet philosophy is also… Continue reading Philosophy, ‘pipelines’, and online teaching

Three, not two, concepts of liberty

“If being free merely means acting without external restrictions [one] or taking up a reflexive stance [two], then subjects can be seen as being sufficiently free even before they become involved in a social order. But if we grasp subjects as truly ‘free’ only on the condition that their aims can be fulfilled or realized… Continue reading Three, not two, concepts of liberty

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