Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Note on "The Archive"

This is just to let readers know that I continue to update the Archive of The Meltdown daily.  I'm trying to catch everything substantive that shows up in re the recent events surrounding Leiter, the PGR and the September Statement-- and I'm aiming to avoid redundancy as much as possible-- but there has been a lot of material and I cannot, alas, read the whole Internet every day. I am sure I've missed some things.  If you see glaring omissions, please leave links to them in the comments section below the original Archive post (or below this post), or you can email them to me at leigh.johnson@cbu.edu.

Predictably, and thankfully, it appears that the focus of many posts are moving away from the particular case of Brian Leiter or the PGR toward more general considerations of professional civility or the merits/demerits of rankings, respectively. To that end, I want to make note of a new page established by Richard Heck that aims to collect "Discussions of Philosophy Rankings"and to encourage readers to notify Heck when you write/read something that would be appropriate for inclusion at that page.  I will, of course, continue to add the same to my ongoing Archive here.

Until the number of relevant posts diminishes past the point of being worth tracking, I will continue to update the Archive on this blog daily, though probably only once daily (in the evening) going forward.

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1 comment:

Terence Blake said...

You say that the discussion is now moving beyond the particular case of Leiter to a more general reflection on civility and the profession. I think this is an important direction to go. On my blog I have been trying to reflect on the related phenomenon of "cronyism", where civility is accorded only to someone within one's particular cliques, and is denied to all those outside. I even tried to express it as a concept, using Badiou's and Laruelle's vocabulary: http://terenceblake.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/transcendental-cronyism-as-the-interruption-of-the-philosophical-voyage/. I think part of the problem is not just "human nature" but is particular to philosophy. I do not think it is intrinsic to philosophy but it is a product of the way philosophy is currently institutionalised and practiced. So I will be interested to see how the general discussion develops.