Psychologist behind torture and interrogation speaks for first time

Peter Gratton:

Jeremy Crampton picks on the Guardian article where they get the first interview with James Mitchell, who was instrumental and quite hands-on in the CIA torture program after 9/11. He is also (still!) a licensed psychologist, as noted in what is, for the Guardian a generally pretty good set of comments below the article.

Originally posted on Open Geography:

James Mitchell, one of the people who designed the CIA interrogation program of prisoners after 9/11, has broken his media silence. In a remarkable interview at the Guardian he provided a robust defense of his actions:

“The people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time,” he said. “You can’t ask someone to put their life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later.”

The Guardian’sheadline is actually “CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’” which highlights that they are one of the few major media outlets to use the word “torture.”

I found the comments very instructive (very little love for this guy). But what about this one, given that we’ve just come from an AAG where the organization’s…

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Interview with Gastón Gordillo – author of Landscapes of Devils and the forthcoming Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

gordillo, soc&space interview Gastón Gordillo is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and the author of several books including  Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and Memory in the Argentinean Chaco  and the forthcoming  Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction . He also runs the wide-ranging blog  Space and Politics .

Stuart Elden: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview Gastón. You’re a Professor of Anthropology, but your work blends political, historical and ethnographic work, with a strong interest in geographical questions and debates in philosophy and social theory. Could you say something about your academic background and how you came to be interested in these diverse issues?

Gastón Gordillo: Many thanks for the interview Stuart. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to talk about my work at Society and Space. Your question goes to the heart of what I’m trying to do with my research and writing, in terms of…

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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.