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    Update to Ancient Philosophy Journal Listings

    I have updated my ancient philosophy journal listings to more prominently include several generalist journals on the first sheet: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ergo, Philosophers’ Imprint, and Philosophical Quarterly. These journals are all well-regarded  and have quick turnaround times, with all of them averaging less than 2.5 months to decision. They have also all fairly consistently published articles on Greek and Roman philosophy and are committed to doing so. Both Ergo and Philosophers’ Imprint are open access, without requiring the author to pay any fees (though Philosophers’ Imprint does have a $20 USD submission fee). Ergo is also triple anonymous, so that neither editors nor referees know the identity of…

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    Journal Experiences and Time Frames, September 2019 Update

    Last December, I highlighted what recent public surveys submitted to the APA Journal Surveys project indicate about the editorial experience at journals that specialize in ancient philosophy and the history of philosophy. I excluded generalist journals that also publish some articles in ancient philosophy, both because there are a large number of these and because the survey aggregates may diverge from the experience of those submitting ancient philosophy papers (there’s no way to filter experiences based on topic). I’m now writing to update those results. Again, we should start with some caveats: 1) many ancient philosophy journals from my journals listing are not included because they have no submitted surveys  2)…

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    Online texts and resources for ancient philosophy scholars

    Many of us don’t own or have access to print copies of the full range of classical texts, so I thought it would be worth highlighting some online resources for the ancient philosophy scholar. Most readers are probably already aware of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae collection of Greek texts and the Perseus collection of Greek and Roman materials. You should also take note of Répertoire des sources philosophiques antiques, a source I recently discovered. This site has bibliographic information and links for critical editions, commentaries, and translations into modern languages, covering over 700 ancient authors and 1200 ancient texts. Readers should also note that the Loeb Classical Library, including the…

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    Jobs with Ancient AOS over Previous Five Years

    Aero Data Lab, “a collaboration of scientists, ethicists, and policy-makers interested in improving the quality of the clinical research enterprise,” has published an analysis of trends in the academic philosophy job market over the past six years. The analysis, by Spencer Hey (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital), tracks changes in the number of academic positions advertised for different areas of specialization in philosophy, based on data from PhilJobs. I thought readers might be interested in the specific numbers for ancient philosophy, which are included on the chart below. The yearly numbers are within a fairly narrow range and there is little evidence of any strong trends either upwards or downward. Of course,…

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    Sarah Broadie awarded an OBE

    Sarah Broadie, professor at St. Andrews, author of seven books and dozens of articles on ancient philosophy, has been awarded an OBE. She is well known for her books on Aristotle’s Physics (Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle’s Physics: a philosophical study) and Nicomachean Ethics (Ethics with Aristotle). Of the award, she said: “It’s a great pleasure to me that our subject of classical philosophy should receive this recognition.”

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    Australasian Journal of Philosophy Now Encouraging History of Philosophy Submissions

    Readers should note that the Australasian Journal of Philosophy is actively looking for more submissions in the history of philosophy. They have recently appointed an additional Associate Editor, Frisbee Sheffield (Cambridge), to cover ancient Greek and ancient Roman philosophy. The AJP has a very good turnaround time (averaging under 3 months) and an excellent reputation, with an overall experience rating (from those submitting surveys) of over 4.5 (out of 5) in the APA Journal Surveys, one of the highest ratings of any journal. This is definitely a venue authors should consider. Submission instructions can be found here. On his medieval philosophy blog, Bob Pasnau posted the following statement from the…

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    LA Review of Books Interviews Rachana Kamtekar on Plato’s Moral Psychology

    Readers will be interested to see the interview with Rachana Kamtekar that Andy Fitch conducts for the LA Review of Books: Appetite and Anger Harmonized with Knowledge: Talking to Rachana Kamtekar. They discuss her recent book, Plato’s Moral Psychology: Intellectualism, the Divided Soul, and the Desire for Good. There was an earlier Ethics review forum on the book here.  

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    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…