• Scholarship,  Teaching

    PhiLife Site Launches!

    The Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Network website is now live: philife.nd.edu Our official website for the project features a pump-up video, bios of involved faculty and staff, teaching resources, and lots of information about our project ambitions. Check it out here! We are also looking for help in making the digital side of this project even better. If you have any materials for our Resource page (syllabi, assignments, grading materials, videos, anything!), please pass them on. We are looking for any non-copyright materials that you find useful in teaching or researching philosophy as a way of life. We are also looking for blog posts about Philosophy as…

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    Interview with Tushar Irani (Wesleyan) on Exercises for Teaching the Platonic Way of Life

    Tushar Irani holds a joint appointment at Wesleyan in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters. In his teaching, he has developed a number of exercises helping students to explore what it would be like to live a Platonic, Aristotelian, Stoic, or Epicurean life. The previous post shared the inspiration and history behind his development of these exercises. Here is the most recent version of his exercises inviting students to Live Like a Platonist: The Life of Reason. In this part of the interview, we talk about his experience with using these exercises. What difference do you think actually having your students do mathematics makes, as opposed to just hearing that…

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    Interview with Tushar Irani (Wesleyan) on Exercises for Teaching Ancient Schools as Ways of Life

    Tushar Irani holds a joint appointment at Wesleyan in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters. His recent book, Plato on the Value of Philosophy: The Art of Argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus (Cambridge University Press, 2017), explores Plato’s views on the role and purpose of argument in civic life. You can read an interview with him about it here. In addition to his work on Plato, he has interests in questions of philosophical method, the history and practice of rhetoric, Ancient Greek and Roman literature, and the history of ethics (especially virtue ethics). He also has a strong interest in philosophy as a way of life. He is co-editing a special issue for Metaphilosophy…

  • Scholarship,  Teaching

    Deadline Day for Drafts Exchange and Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project Applications

    Today is the deadline for letters of intent for the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, a new initiative to help scholars effectively teach philosophy as a way of life! If you teach philosophy at a post-secondary institution and are interested at all, please check out philife.nd.edu and consider submitting a letter of intent. Today is also the deadline for the second round of ancient philosophy paper draft exchanges, so take your chance and sign up now.

  • Scholarship,  Teaching

    Join the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project! (UPDATED Deadline January 15)

    I am very excited to announce the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, a new initiative to help scholars effectively teach philosophy as a way of life! I am delighted to be serving as one of the Lead Faculty Advisors.  If you teach philosophy at a post-secondary institution and are interested at all, please check out our website: philife.nd.edu and consider submitting a letter of intent. We are less than a week away from the January 15 deadline for applying for the first cohort. We are putting together a network of interested scholars to share resources and to participate in a week-long workshop we will be running at Notre Dame for…

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    Ancient Philosophy Syllabi Collection Project

    I’m starting a new project to collect and analyze syllabi from surveys of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. My goals are to get a better sense of how teaching is currently being conducted, share ideas for course designs, highlight neglected but promising texts, and consider new approaches. I think it will be helpful to see what the selection of topics and readings looks like in current teaching. To what degree are surveys of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy still dominated by Plato and Aristotle? Do surveys spend time on early Greek philosophers? Do they include any Hellenistic or late ancient philosophers? I am also interested in topical coverage. Do most surveys…

  • Scholarship

    New Round of Ancient Philosophy Paper Drafts Exchange: UPDATE Deadline Extended to January 15

    Are you a scholar of ancient philosophy looking for feedback on your paper draft? Then you’ve come to the right post. I am organizing another ancient philosophy paper drafts exchange. You have until January 15 to indicate your interest. I will arrange the exchange the following week and you will then have until March 1 to share your comments on the drafts you receive. There are two options to indicate your interest: Email me with the title and topic of your draft and how many other drafts (1-3) you would be willing to provide comments on. Fill out the following form, which asks for some basic information about you and…

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    Interview with Anna Marmodoro (Durham and Oxford), editor of Ancient Philosophy Today

    Anna Marmodoro is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and concomitantly an Associate Faculty Member at the University of Oxford, where she is a Research Fellow of Corpus Christi College. She has published widely in ancient, medieval and late antiquity philosophy; metaphysics; the philosophy of religion; and the philosophy of perception. She has been the recipient of research funding from the European Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, among other institutions, and with their support, has created and directs a research group working since 2011 on the metaphysics of powers. She is also the editor of a new journal, Ancient Philosophy Today: Dialogoi, which is…