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. […]

Thinking about philosophy as present throughout the world leads us to paraphrase Heraclitus oft quoted aphorism about nature: the philosophical loves to hide. Still, if philosophy is present everywhere, then why do academic philosophers play such a marginal role in society? One reason is that the issues troubling society are not seen as philosophical. Abroad in […]

If philosophy abounds, then why do academic philosophers play such a marginal role in society? One reason is that the issues troubling society are not seen as philosophical. Abroad in the world the philosophical dimensions of a problem rarely come in a pure form; instead they lurk within other issues. This makes them easy to […]

Humans are thinking creatures and when we are thinking, even dimly, the world can appear as a mystery. Questions open up and are ripe for wondering. Many questions are trivial or perhaps they have already been solved and it’s just a matter of getting hold of the answer or maybe they are yet to be […]

We believe that it’s time for a ‘philosophy policy’ or humanities policy analogous to science policy. Indeed, we believe that this is already beginning to germinate. While Mode 1 philosophy–traditional disciplinary research–is still the reigning orthodoxy, there is a growing countermovement within the ranks of philosophers, sometimes lumped under the title of “public philosophy.” We […]

Disciplinary scholarship must continue to play a central place in philosophy. But this needs to be complemented by an equal focus on work that is socially engaged. Not commentary about societal problems, but rather present in the field, engaged in an ongoing, day-to-day fashion with non-philosophers. In part this is simply a matter of recognizing a […]

Why is peer-reviewed scholarship the sole standard for judging philosophic work, rather than also considering the impacts that such work has on the larger world? And why are there only two social roles for those with PhDs in philosophy – to teach undergraduates, and to talk to other PhDs in philosophy? In an interview that […]