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07/18/2012

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Mark Alfano

important post, David. I use some pretty similar strategies:

(1) If you have a train or bus commute, use that time to read and tag abstracts of interest, and perhaps to read Philosophy Compass articles and NDPR reviews.

(2) About conferences: I find that cold-emailing people you know will be there to set up coffee, lunch, beer, or whatever often works.

(3) Force yourself to become a leaf editor for one of the categories at philpapers. That way you have a responsibility to keep up at least with the items in that sub-sub-sub-field.

Marcus Arvan

Great post, David -- very helpful. I don't have a habit of reading Philosophy Compass, but I think I'll start now. My strategies are:

(1) Going to conferences (particularly ones with well-known names who probably keep up with the literature very well).

(2) Scanning the tables of contents of a good array of journals about once a month.

(3) Scanning the "new items" at philpapers (I also get weekly updates on my AOS areas, but find that scanning *all* the new items to be helpful).

Last, but not least, I also try to:

(4) Work new books/articles I've heard good things about into my teaching (when appropriate).

For example, if I'm doing an independent study with a student on X, I might have us read a couple new-ish books on X I haven't read but have heard good things about. Same for upper-level courses. I did a human rights course recently where I assigned a few books I'd heard good things about. This gave me an opportunity to really read them closely while at the same time getting some teaching done.

Moti Mizrahi

In addition to all the great resources that have already been mentioned, I would add the following:

http://tannertoc.blogspot.com/

This is a blog that showcases TOCs from philosophy journals all in one place. I recommend adding it to your Goggle Reader--very convenient and useful.

As for blogs in general, such as NewApps, Experimental Philosophy, etc., I think that they can also be a good resource for checking out what people are working on.

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