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Inclusiveness in Philosophy

Justin E. H. Smith appreciate the fact that there is a gesture towards more inclusiveness in Philosophy. He adds that much more is to be done for this gesture to be meaningful. Here is the post by Smith who is a professor of the history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris.
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Philosophy and Kids

Kids are very much Philosophical than we (often) think they are. I am convinced of this ever after I taught kids who range from 3rd to 7th standards (grades) for an year. Often the mechanical and teacher centered (rather than student centred) educational system kills the Philosphical spiriti of kids. HERE is a small peice of writing by a third standard (3rd grade) student in the KIDS PHILOSOPHY SLAM conducted in USA.

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Social Psych in the Philosophy Classroom

Daily Nous

Normally, self-affirmation is reserved for instances in which identity is threatened in direct ways: race, gender, age, weight, and the like. Here, Nyhan decided to apply it in an unrelated context: Could recalling a time when you felt good about yourself make you more broad-minded about highly politicized issues, like the Iraq surge or global warming? As it turns out, it would. On all issues, attitudes became more accurate with self-affirmation, and remained just as inaccurate without. That effect held even when no additional information was presented—that is, when people were simply asked the same questions twice, before and after the self-affirmation.

The question of why people persistently hold onto false beliefs has long been of interest to philosophers, and has received increased attention in the social sciences. An article in the New Yorker summarizes some recent experimental work on correcting false beliefs. As it turns out, providing correct information to…

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PhD Position in Knowledge first virtue epistemology


TYPE: PhD Fellowship in Epistemology
LOCATION: Leuven, Belgium
DEADLINE: 30.5.2014


The Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy at KU Leuven invites
applications for a full-time position as a PhD fellow as part of a research
project on


which is funded by a KU Leuven OT and an FWO grant (PI: Christoph Kelp) and
will run until 2017/18.

DURATION: 3 years
STARTING DATE: October 1, 2014.
SALARY: approx. EUR 1800/month (after tax).

The candidate will be part of Christoph Kelp’s research group and will work
on topics
related to the project. (For further information about the project please
visit the
project website at
a detailed description of the project can be downloaded via

At present, there are two doctoral students working in the research group.
Additional hires on postdoctoral level are expected.

The members of the research group will work closely together and are
expected to actively contribute to the project and to activities at the
Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy.



* MA (or equivalent) in philosophy



Candidates are requested to submit the following application materials to

* a cover letter
* a CV
* a research proposal on a topic related to the project (max. 1000 words)
* a writing sample
* two names and email addresses of referees who have agreed to write a
letter of recommendation

The deadline for applications is 30.5.2014. Only electronic applications
will be considered.



The Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy is a growing research unit at
KU Leuven. At present it counts 5 senior members of staff, 4 postdocs and 7
PhD students among its members. In 2014/2015, 2 additional seniors members
will join the Centre. The Centre hosts a bi-weekly research seminar and
various workshops and conferences.


Issues in Testimony: a speical volume of the journal episteme

I came across an exciting speical volume of the journal episteme which is devoted to Testimony. It is a bit old but the discussions are very much contemporary. HERE is the link.
You can also see the details of the volume in the blog of the journal HERE

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An Interview with John Searle

Who is the philosopher whom you admire most? This is a question many of the academic philosophers come across very often. John Searle – one of the greatest thinkers of the contemporary time – has an interesting answer to that question. He searledoes not truly admire anyone! He seems to think that all of them are/were mistaken. Though he has great admiration for Ludwig Wittgenstein, Searle thinks that Wittgenstein too is wrong on his view of philosophy. HERE is an interesting interview with John Searle.

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