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You literally drank and slept philosophy?

Sean Whitton

Can't resist:

"Nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biases to draw too much, so as to incapacitate them for other occupations and entertainments. Indulge your passion for science, says she, but let your science be human, and such as may have a direct reference to action and society. Abstruse thought and profound researches I prohibit, and will severely punish, by the pensive melancholy which they introduce, by the endless uncertainty in which they involve you, and by the cold reception which your pretended discoveries shall meet with, when communicated. Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man."

Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, sec. 1

Marcus Arvan

Bleh: Sleeping it was easy. Eating and drinking it were the hard parts. Parfit's "On What Matters" was a whole lot to chew on--but Aaron James' "Assholes: A theory" was a pretty good chaser. :P

Marcus Arvan

Sean: Thanks for that. What a great quote! I tend to think Hume is wrong on just about everything--but it's good to see we agree for once. :)

Helen De Cruz

My reflections on this issue. I think you are right we are shooting ourselves (our creativity) in the foot. Tolkien couldn't exist today, not even in a relatively sheltered place like Oxford. Because even in Oxford, you're now expected to publish in the mainstream, general philosophy journals. http://www.newappsblog.com/2013/08/would-tolkien-have-written-the-lord-of-the-rings-had-he-been-an-academic-today-.html

Kate Norlock

When I was on the tenure track, I was asked at a junior faculty event what my hobbies are and suddenly realized that I didn't have any. I still think it's possible that academia and/or philosophy may select for those of us who are a bit overly focused or just 'structured procrastinators' who avoid doing other stuff by doing a lot of university-related tasks. But I also chose to change jobs mid-career when the opportunity came to live a slightly less commute-intensive and frenetic-teaching lifestyle. I've come to cultivate a personal life as part of living excellently, because I started to feel as though I was disappearing into the job. (I'm lucky to have the option, I know.)

Elisa Freschi

Interesting post, Marcus. It would be great if you could update us about how things are changing now that you are no longer a VAT and how they will further change once you have achieved tenure.

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