Category Archives: Academia
From Jay Garfield and Bryan W. Van Norden’s “If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is,” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/opinion/if-philosophy-wont-diversify-lets-call-it-what-it-really-is.html :
The vast majority of philosophy departments in the United States offer courses only on philosophy derived from Europe and the English-speaking world. … Continue reading
David Shepherd Nivison, emeritus professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2014, aged 91.
Nivison had a career trajectory that would be almost impossible in the contemporary academic … Continue reading
My college is being blackmailed. The story of the blackmail goes back to Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education under Bush the Younger. Spellings (who has no classroom teaching experience, and no degree that would even qualify her to teach at … Continue reading
There is an approach to learning that is corroding education, especially higher education, in the US: I call it the “McDonalds-ification of Education.”
“Fast food” has been around for a long time. The ancient Romans had it. But McDonald’s raised it … Continue reading
As a graduate student at Stanford, I was a teaching assistant for a year-long course required of freshmen: Cultures, Ideas, and Values. I have no idea whether this particular course still exists, but I still have vivid memories of it.
The … Continue reading
Because I am on the Advisory Board for the Philosophical Gourmet Report (PRG), I received an inquiry about the potential impact of its Chinese philosophy rankings on the field of Chinese philosophy. I thought I would share my reply in case … Continue reading
While designing my new business cards, I discovered an interesting tidbit: there is no standard Chinese name for Vassar. I went with 瓦薩 Wǎsà because it seems to be the most common one on the web. However, I have also … Continue reading
An undergraduate recently emailed me, asking for advice about getting a doctorate in Chinese philosophy. The student explained that he was particularly interested in the comparative study of epistemology and the philosophy of language from an analytic perspective. In addition … Continue reading
My department had a large graduating class last year: 28 senior majors. I sent out a poll, asking students what their post-graduation plans were. This is part of a project I have to work up a handout of what our … Continue reading