Category Archives: Bricolage

National student survey results for 2018!

We’ve just received the data from PTES 2018. PTES stands for ‘Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey’ and is a cross-UK standardised student satisfaction data collection. The survey was held in Spring 2018. I’m pleased to be able to report that the … Continue reading

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Professor Visiting

I was pleased last week to entertain my old friend and co-author Ole Martin Skilleas, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bergen. In addition to some good food and wine, we spent long hours at my dining room table, … Continue reading

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Cavaillès and Lautman translation

Urbanomic has set up a new website, http://www.urbanomic.com. Of particular interest is the first translation into English of the exchange between Jean Cavaillès and Albert Lautman, published in French as ‘La pensée mathématique,’ which you can find here. This is … Continue reading

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Inflationistas against nihilism

Some time ago, Paul Krugman gave the name inflationistas to those political and economic commentators who consistently, and in spite of the evidence, looked at the post crisis economic landscape and gave doom-laden warnings of spiralling inflation. Austerity economics was … Continue reading

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Foucault on anthropology, and the festival of the mad

I’ve just come back from a visit to the Centre for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon, where I gave two talks. The first was on Foucault’s reading of the Oedipus story in Lectures on the Will to … Continue reading

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On Character

For some time now I’ve been thinking on and off about the concept of character and I’ll use this blog as a way of trying to give those thoughts a little more shape. I became interested in character for a … Continue reading

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Support event at Warwick for part-time researchers

Warwick is hosting a day event designed to provide practical advice to part-time doctoral researchers. Details here.

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On the politics of fear. Am I going mad?

Commentators struggling to explain the shocking and wholly unexpected outcome of the recent UK election have suggested that a significant part was played by fear. The electorate was encouraged to fear a minority Labour government supported by the SNP, to fear … Continue reading

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On Michel Serres

Chris Watkin is preparing a critical introduction to the work of Michel Serres. This will be a really valuable addition to what is still a lamentably thin literature on Serres. http://christopherwatkin.com/2014/08/29/forthcoming-book-michel-serres-a-critical-introduction/ Chris is also putting together a bibliography of Serres’s … Continue reading

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science as a hammer

This is an interesting one: a MOOC on climate science, but with an important difference. It is not simply presenting the science, in the objective way that we all believe science is supposed to work. Rather, it is presenting strategies … Continue reading

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