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The 68th Philosophers’ Carnival

Welcome to the 68th edition of the Philosophers’ Carnival. To begin with a short apology for the late posting of this carnival edition, we had some minor errors moving the post from ‘private’ to ‘public’. We decided to theme this edition around the term ‘Open’ and its relationship with Philosophy. With the advent of the albeit rather ambiguous phenomena known as Web 2.0 the way we access and distribute information has undergone a fundamental change. Our choices in the way we access and contribute to various discourses, and perhaps more importantly the changing patterns of control these discourses have over those who participate in them, are contributing factors in this Web 2.0 phenomena.

One of the most obvious aspects contributing to Web 2.0 is the idea of Open Source. Open Source engages with both sides of the information spade. It provides previously unseen access to the production and distribution of information and also engages and challenges the power structures that exist between information and those who engage with it. This edition of the Philosophers’ Carnival (which itself is a great example of both Web 2.0 and Open Source) highlights but a subset of the multifarious philosophical issues that surround this change in the discourses associated with information.

Due to the large number of submissions, priority was given to those entries that were philosophical in nature and (ideally) related to the theme ‘Open’. Apologies to those who submitted articles for this edition and didn’t make it. Continue reading ‘The 68th Philosophers’ Carnival’

Peter Singer – The west just as cruel as Japanese Whalers!

A little disappointing, as it only touches on culling (of kangas) but does give a reasonable “brief” history of Australia and whaling.

The Internet and Young Philosophers

I’ve always thought of the internet as a fantastic place to ‘do’ philosophy. There is such a wide audience and the net is such a versatile tool to deliver information in a variety of formats. This week the SUNY Philosophy Dept. announced a new initiative for ‘Young Philosophers’, and it involves the internet.

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Long Time, No Posts?

Hi all. It’s certainly been a while between posts so I thought I’d see if I can stir things up a little.

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For those of you who don’t read the Leiter reports, or happened to miss Brian’s latest offering, then be sure to check out the Philosophy Research Network’s (PRN) new web site (Still forthcoming but currently operational). I wont rewrite the entire description as you can find it on Brian Leiter’s site but I will provide you with a link so you can check out the PRN for yourself. Briefly, the PRN’s mission is to provide academics a platform where they can share, in an open community, working papers and conference presentations, among other things. After you follow the link expand (+) Humanities Research Network, then HRN Philosophy Network. You’ll see all the resources there.

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Analytical – Continental Divide

Ok, this is something that has been bothering me for a while. What is with the analytical/continental divide in modern philosophy? It is getting out of hand, if you subscribe to a-phil mailing list you will know what I mean.

From my limited understanding of this issue it stems back to 1943 and Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy publication. Where in he is rather dismissive of continental philosophers and philosophy, saying something along the lines of they don’t practice “real” philosophy. Come on, lets look at this in context, 1943, Hitler rampaging through Europe, of course Russell is going to be dismissive, he bundled all Europeans into one boat and cast them asunder.

Really in my head it is all very petty. To misquote Shrek, “Come on now, can’t we all get along over a pint?”

Philosophy is philosophy regardless of which particular field you are researching/working in, as a relative newcomer to philosophy (in an official context) I find this whole issue rather perplexing. After all analytical philosophy has the same roots as continental. They are both philosophy. What is the problem? We are all supposed to be grown ups with open minds, yet this divide shows that a lot of philosophers are the elitist snobs the general public think they are.

My two cents worth… as a student of philosophy – not analytical, not continental, just plain old philosophy!


Influential Influences

Well, this topic is something that I have been thinking about for some time now. After a conversation with one of my philosophy tutors, Andrés Vaccari, I started to think about what philosophers influence me and what works by philosophers do I want familiarise myself with . In the process I have compiled an extensive list of 39 (yes 39!) philosophers throughout history of whom I will endeavor to interpret the works of, and intern come to my own unique brand of philosophy.

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