Thursday, October 07, 2010

Linkable Thinkables

* A new blog, by Jender of "Feminist Philosophers": What is it like to be a woman in philosophy? Some of the stories do have happy endings, but others are less pleasant, and, although it's difficult to get people to understand this, these kinds of stories are not uncommon even today.

* Henry Karlson looks at St. Justin Martyr on the topic of suicide.

* A quick post on the opening words of Plato's Republic. As I always tell my students, Plato doesn't put things into his dialogue at random.

* Modern-day journalism in a nutshell: Mother-in-law jokes are now illegal in the London Borough of Barnet. Except, of course, that the city council did not in fact outlaw mother-in-law jokes, but simply used them in a brochure as an example of a kind of joke that people could find offensive, so the headline is completely wrong.

* Speaking of which: Your all-purpose guide to science news articles on the web. John Wilkins discusses.

* On Hypatia of Alexandria.

* On Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy

* Akeel Bilgrami judges the 3QuarksDaily philosophy prizes; his response is almost infinitely better than Daniel Dennett's last year, which showed very little other than the fact that Dennett doesn't understand what blogging is.

* Turretinfan had two interesting posts recently on a common misquotation of Luther in Catholic apologetics:

Final Piece in Cochlaeus' Misquotation of Luther Puzzle
Cochlaeus Misparaphrase Debacle Summary

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