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    Wisdom for Finite People

    I’m pleased to share my post, “Reason and the Life to Come, for the APA Blog’s series on philosophy as way of life. I share my own background and journey in philosophy, why I disagree with John Cooper about Socrates and the role of reason in ancient philosophy, an overview of the approach to spiritual exercises that Stephen Grimm and I defend, and how Augustine offers a model of living philosophically as a progressor or wayfarer.

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    Sarah Broadie (1941-2021)

    Sarah (Waterlow) Broadie has passed away. She had been at the University of St. Andrews for 20 years, after previously holding positions at Princeton University, Rutgers University, Yale University, the University of Texas, and the University of Edinburgh. She authored several books and dozens of articles on ancient philosophy and its relationship to contemporary philosophy. She was known for her work on Aristotle’s Physics (Nature, Change, and Agency and Passage and Possibility) and his ethics (Ethics with Aristotle and her commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics) and Plato’s cosmology and theology (e.g. her book on Nature and Divinity in Plato’s Timaeus). Her latest book, Plato’s Sun-Like Good: Dialectic in the Republic,…

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    Interview with Thornton Lockwood (Quinnipiac), Editor of Polis

    I am continuing a series of interviews with journal editors (see the previous entry with Anna Marmodoro) with Thornton Lockwood, editor of Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought. Thornton is Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University and the Program Director of the First-Year Seminar. He received a BA in history from Hamilton College, a MA in the Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. His scholarly research focuses on ancient Greek and Roman ethical and political thought and its subsequent reception. He has co-edited two volumes, Aristote Politique VII: La constitution « selon nos vœux » (Polis, 2019) and Aristotle’s…

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    OSAP to Change Editorial Practices; Appoints Rachana Kamtekar as Associate Editor

    In response to the editorial issues I have previously highlighted at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Oxford University Press and those running the journal have committed to editorial reforms. OSAP posted the following on the journal’s Facebook page: After several months’ discussion and deliberation, we are pleased to make an announcement about the editorial structure, process, and personnel at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. One of the key aims is to reduce significantly the wait times for initial review and time to final decision. OSAP will be adding an Associate Editor, who will participate in all the processes and in the normal course of things will succeed the Editor at…

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    Opportunity to Sign Open Letter by Junior Philosophers to OUP and OSAP’s Editorial Board

    I have recently documented serious issues with response times and editorial practices at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. In light of that, I sent my own personal open letter to OSAP’s editorial board and Peter Momtchiloff, the editor at Oxford University Press. I then published Peter Momtchiloff’s response. Now a group of junior ancient philosophers have come together to write their own letter asking for specific changes in editorial practices at OSAP that they believe would make ancient philosophy a more welcoming space for philosophers from marginalized groups. I was not involved in drafting this letter, though I agree with the concerns they articulate and have requested that my name…

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    OUP Response to Open Letter about OSAP Editorial Practices

    Peter Momtchiloff, the editor at Oxford University Press responsible for managing the production of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, has written back in response to my open letter to OUP and the editorial board saying: “We are of course aware of the issue and have been working on trying to deal with it. This will take some time still but you may be sure that it is a priority for us.” He was unable to share a determinate timeline, but says that “we shall make announcements about OSAP when we can.” I look forward to seeing what steps OUP and the editorial board take. I will share an update when…

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    Open Letter to OSAP Editorial Board

    The following is an open letter I sent to the editorial board of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy in light of the responses I received to my post on response time problems at OSAP. I will post any reply or comment the board or the incoming editor would like to make in response. You may download a copy of the letter or read the entirety of it below. Dear Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (OSAP), I am writing to you to share the information I have received about serious problems with current editorial practices in the hope that this will lead to reforms in the management of this…

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    UPDATED: Response Time Problems at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

    UPDATE: Victor Caston has written to let me know that he did not seek a renewal of his term and will soon complete his term as editor. I will still pass on the experiences I receive to the editorial board, as I believe it might be helpful in determining best practices for OSAP going forward. I will also share any news I have about the transition when I have it. ORIGINAL POST: Recently several people have reached out to me noting continued experiences of serious delays in editorial responses at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.  Many junior scholars report waiting 8-15 months for an initial verdict on their submission. See…

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    Virtual Dissertation Groups Signup

    I’m writing to highlight the dissertation writing workshop groups for philosophy graduate students that Joshua Smart organizes. Sign-ups are through January 16. There are usually several students in ancient philosophy participating, so it’s likely that ancient philosophy people who sign up will be placed in a Greek and Roman philosophy group. Here’s his announcement: Do you or someone you love suffer from writing-a-philosophy-dissertation? Then you should check out Virtual Dissertation Groups! What it is: VDG is a free service for those working on their doctoral dissertations in philosophy. Since 2014, we’ve connected students from over 30 countries to provide peer feedback on dissertation work with a minimal time commitment. How it works: Each…

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    2021-22 Small Grants Program for History of Philosophy Research at Notre Dame

     Therese Scarpelli Cory, Director of the History of Philosophy Forum and John and Jean Oesterle Associate Professor of Thomistic Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, writes to pass on information about 2021-22 travel grants for international scholars who would like to do research in the history of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame: I am pleased to announce that the 2020-2021 Call for Applications is now open for the Small Grants Program at the History of Philosophy Forum at the University of Notre Dame.  This program, now in its second year, supports international scholars with research projects in the history of philosophy that could benefit from a…