Recognition in education

Here’s an excerpt from a post a little while ago over at the Deckchairs on the obligation and failure of tertiary institutions to recognise their students: “There are students in every classroom I teach who know that politics is run by people who have more comfortable lives than they do. As far as they can… Continue reading Recognition in education

Next time you complain about grading…

The politics of marking essays It’s essay season. And you know it because students are suddenly very focused, and everywhere academics are tweeting and groaning about marking papers. I get it. I will have a hundred or so first year papers to grade in a little over a week, so I’m right there with you.… Continue reading Next time you complain about grading…

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