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University of North Florida Philosophy

Call for Papers

 UNF’s Department of Philosophy invites paper submissions from undergraduate or graduate students for the 15th Annual Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference:

Philosophy and Media

March 31st, 2012
Jacksonville, Florida

Plenary Speakers:
Christopher Grau (Clemson)

Vance Ricks (Guilford College)


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in the news.

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… is now available online. (HT: The Chronical of Higher Ed)

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Here is the latest in a series of stories with the same moral. An excerpt:

Universities will develop better business professionals if they do a better job of integrating components of a liberal arts education into business school curriculums, argues a new report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The report, Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession, argues that business schools are too distinct from the rest of the undergraduate education, and students are either not learning how to think critically about issues or not given the chance to connect their liberal arts studies to their business education. Either way, the authors argue, students are not prepared as well as they could be for engaging in the business world.

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It is with deep sadness that I pass along the following, from FPA Secretary-Treasurer, Josh Rust:

I am deeply saddened to report that the FPA has lost a friend and colleague. Todd Bates died on Tuesday morning at 12:15 am June 14th from complications of a brain aneurism he suffered on Friday May 13th. Todd was 42. He was such a bright star in our world, nothing short of brilliant. He was the husband of my colleague here at Stetson, Susan Peppers-Bates, and the father of two children, Anne Marie and Sophia Frances. He held a tenure-track faculty post in philosophy at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach and regularly taught as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson. He was also the site coordinator for the 2010 FPA, held in Daytona Beach. Todd was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and held the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and recently authored a book on Duns Scotus.

A service will be held Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 216 Orange Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations made in his name be sent to Children’s House Montessori School, 509 E. Pennsylvania Ave., DeLand, FL 32724.

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An article about the work of Steve Pyke, “master photographer of the soul and character of individuals of diverse classes and callings,” in the New York Times.

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From the website:

New Books in Philosophy features peer-to-peer discussions with philosophers about their new ideas as expressed in their newly published books. The program is co-hosted by Carrie Figdor (University of Iowa) and Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt University). Between the two of us, we will be exploring new books in ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, history of philosophy, philosophy of language, and many other subfields. Our goal is to bridge the academic and public spheres without shortchanging the complexity of the ideas being discussed. Expect to be challenged – we’ll avoid the jargon, but we won’t avoid the difficulty.

Our podcasts are complemented by many other philosophy-related materials on the web, including podcasts (Philosophy Bites, Philosophy Talk), resources (PhilPapers, Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews), and blogs (Leiter Reports).

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