Some interesting data on the profession: Which philosophers, books, and journals are assigned most often in philosophy courses from English-speaking countries? Highlights: Of around 4,000 unique authors, the top three authors assigned in these courses are Plato, Aristotle, and Kant (in that order). The journal Philosophy & Public Affairs ranks fifth most-assigned philosophy journal in these courses. […]

An older piece, but a good meditation (in the vein of sociology of philosophy) on the relationship between disciplinary standards of rigor and knowledge production outcomes. It may be that transformative thinking can be taught. But we wouldn’t know it the way philosophy typically is taught and practiced. Students learn rigorous argumentation, exquisite attention to detail, and how […]

Today even the humanities are expected to have an impact. In the 2014 REF, for instance, philosophy formed one of 36 ‘units of assessment’. In a previous post we raised the question of impact for the field of applied philosophy. We argued that applied philosophers, a field that should be brimming with impacts, have fallen […]