Category Archives: Bricolage

Dead white men

As there is in many other subjects — history, art history, literature and many others — there are frequent calls within philosophy to move away from its preoccupation with the dead, white men of the European tradition. This piece in … Continue reading

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Guardian postgraduate tables

The tables for philosophy can be found here. You might be wondering why Staffordshire is not on it. Well, that’s easy: if you look at this page, you’ll see that the data is from 2012-13, and that it only includes … Continue reading

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Varoufakis on ‘erratic Marxism’

A lovely, quite open piece, which as the Guardian realises, tells us a lot about what is happening in Europe right now.

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George Papandreopoulos sails through viva

On Friday, George passed his PhD viva, and did so with a ‘sparkling’ and entirely convincing defense. Well done, Dr. Papandreopoulos (on the left; the out of focus one is Professor Burnham)!

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New Semester

Undergraduate teaching here kicks off next week, with courses on Heidegger’s Basic Problems of Phenomenology, the metaphysics of time, and on 19th Century philosophy and culture. Postgraduate teaching begins a little later, and this semester we are running courses on … Continue reading

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part-time graduate study

Another article in the Guardian, this time about part-time postgraduate study.  As a quick recap of how p-t study differs from full-time, and what specific opportunities or challenges it presents, this is a good article. Although it distinguishes between effectively … Continue reading

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Surviving the Viva

A good Guardian article giving top tips for Viva success. Surprising, one good piece of advice was not stressed: get your supervisory team to give you a ‘mock viva’, maybe a week or a month in advance. This is a … Continue reading

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Women in academic philosophy

Good set of interviews on the Guardian web site about the relatively small proportion of women philosophers in UK universities. One observation to add, prompted by Patrice Haynes’ comments: in European philosophy, much of the work being done is not … Continue reading

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Student protest at Warwick University broken up by the police

Students at Warwick University have been protesting against the fees charged for higher education (the Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University is said to favour raising the annual fee to £16,000). In time honoured fashion, they occupied the University Senate Building, and … Continue reading

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Opium of the people

Again, ‘Things other people already knew, but I only just realised’: Near the beginning of Marx’s ‘Introduction’ to his proposed book on Hegel’s philosophy of right (1844), he writes that ‘Religious suffering is at one and the same time the expression … Continue reading

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