Category Archives: Academic life

The AHRC and BS again, and again

A remarkable number of people have already signed the online petition to remove “The Big Society” as a strategic area for AHRC funding. If you are an arts UK academic or grad student, you might want to add your name … Continue reading

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He that toucheth pitch …

The story so far. The Observer run a piece entitled ‘Academic fury over order to study the big society’ which starts off Academics will study the “big society” as a priority, following a deal with the government to secure funding … Continue reading

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Another “last ever …” box ticked

There’s no getting away from it: it does all feel slightly odd, as the academic year rattles on, being repeatedly struck by the thought “Well, this is the last time I’ll be doing that.” At the start of the year, … Continue reading

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Students are right to be pissed off …

… about the proposed “reforms” to higher education funding. I’ve started a couple of times to write a blog-post adding my two-pennyworth of comment. But firstly, I get too depressed musing more generally about the awfulness of various education “reforms” … Continue reading

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5-4-3-2-1 …

There are just five more lectures to go in (my segment of) this year’s 1A logic course. Which means that — after, ye gods, forty years in this game — there are only five more lectures to go in (probably) … Continue reading

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Taking it slowly, #1

I have been rather quiet here, not because life has been so wildly over-exciting as to distract me from blogging but for the opposite reason. Nowt much happening. My Faculty office is, at the moment, out of bounds as the … Continue reading

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The Bertrand Russell Professorship

When I moved to Cambridge a dozen years ago, people asked why I wanted to leave Sheffield which was and is such a good department. “But aren’t the attractions of Cambridge obvious?”, I’d reply, “it’s more work, less money, and … Continue reading

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The Bertrand Russell Professorship

In the official words of the Cambridge University Reporter, The Council submits the following Graces to the Regent House. … (3) That the Professorship of Philosophy (1896) be retitled as the Bertrand Russell Professorship of Philosophy. This means that when … Continue reading

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Pseuds vs academic bureaucrats

Let me come clean. By my lights, the University of Middlesex philosophy department appears to be a fount of appallingly pretentious pseudery and intellectual garbage of the worst kind. Don’t take my word for it; have a browse through the … Continue reading

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Philosophical archeology

I’m having to try to sort out my philosophy library — I can’t start shelving yet another wall at home — and that’s a painful business. It’s not just that I’ve always had a rather self-indulgent book-buying habit and so … Continue reading

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