An “Oh, Yes!” for Continental Philosophy

Originally posted on Daily Nous:

Last month saw the opening of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee. At their inaugural workshop, James Williams (Dundee) delivered a brief address entitled “ Continental Philosophy? Oh, Yes! ” In it, he describes the areas and topics he thinks are especially fertile ground for future work in continental philosophy, including economic fairness, new ways of understanding matter and mind alongside specific sciences, the immanent value of the arts, existential guidance, transforming power in and between groups, and what he calls “real theory.”

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Data on Graduate Placement

There have two posts at APPS (here and here) commenting on this post by Marcus Arvan based on the listing of jobs at the philjobs site. Based on this, the summary goes, one should not go to a non Leiter Gourmet Report approved place to study. But much better data can be found for most graduate programs collected by the APA in its Graduate Student Guide. I can’t find the link, but someone crunched this data (if you know where this was done–please let me know) and found quite comparable data between ranked and not-so-ranked programs in philosophy. Hard as this might be to believe, it’s best not to put too much in self-reported, incomplete data for one year in an online wiki compared to data collected over five years by the APA. Just look at it yourself, look at particular schools, and hopefully (if someone finds the crunched data) you’ll conclude we don’t need to reify the position of the Gourmet Report in our discipline.