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What to do Now about US College Sports?

Collegiate athletics is likely going to change significantly in the near future and we should think together about how we want to direct that change. Collegiate athletics is likely to become significantly more expensive soon as student-athletes will soon be paid or paid more. And there is a possibility that those expenses will further eat away at the academic “side” of higher education,

At most colleges and universities, athletics 1) already uses up too much money and is 2) given too much weight in admissions. Concerning 1, most athletic departments, especially outside the elite athletic conferences, are a net financial drain on universities. Revenue-generating sports currently help pay for non-revenue generating sports. It is often claimed, usually without much evidence, that this cost is compensated for by alumni giving which is motivated partly by alum bonding with the university through its high-profile sports teams and continuing to relate to it after they graduate via following its nationally prominent sports teams.  Further, concerning 2, prowess in athletics, like playing the tuba well, is an achievement that could reasonably give one an advantage in admissions. But prowess in sports currently is given a much larger role in admissions than similar prowess outside of sports. (more…)

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By In Moral Psychology, Normative Ethics, Virtue Comments Off on Nomy Arpaly: The Cool Dude or: I am Not a Virtue Ethicist

Nomy Arpaly: The Cool Dude or: I am Not a Virtue Ethicist

Nomy Arpaly writes: “Aristotle doesn’t talk about the Moral Person. He talks about the Cool Dude!”

See where that takes us at Nomy’s blog here.

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By In Happiness Comments Off on New PEA Soup Series on Happiness and Wellbeing

New PEA Soup Series on Happiness and Wellbeing

Nicole Hassoun is initiating an exciting new continuing feature at PEA Soup: A series of posts on happiness and wellbeing. This blog series will be a part of the Minimally Good Life Project with is under the auspices of the Happiness & Well-Being Initiative (happinessandwellbeing.org) based at Saint Louis University. It hopes to explore such questions as: what is happiness, and how does happiness differ from well-being? And what does it mean to have a good life and how do we strive towards that goal? This series will involve regular posts on the topic of happiness from experts in and out of philosophy. She has lined up an amazing group of philosophers, including Connie Rosati, Dan Haybrun, Dick Arenson, Josh Knobe, Gwen Bradford, Rosa Terlazzo, Eden Lin, and herself. She also has a truly exciting lineup of academics outside of philosophy doing important work on the subject. The first post will be by Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, on February 1.

Upcoming schedule of events:

Carol Graham- February 1

Katja Vogt- February 15th

Connie Rosati- February 22nd

Dan Haybron- March 1st

Eden Lin- March 8th

Richard Arnesson- March 15th

Josh Knobe and Jonathan Phillips- March 22nd

Rosa Terlazzo- April 12th

Lorraine Besser- May 3rd

Gwen Bradford- May 10th

Nicole Hassoun–TBD

David Sobel- TBD

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By In The Profession Comments Off on Graduate student tuition taxation

Graduate student tuition taxation

It appears the final GOP bill will not make tuition remission for graduate students taxable.

Sen. Mike Rounds, Republican of South Dakota, told Bloomberg: “Folks who are in grad school will feel pretty good about the final result.”

Story here.

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By In The Profession Comments Off on Philosophers’ Imprint Seeking Editors

Philosophers’ Imprint Seeking Editors

Daily Nous has the full story here.

Imprint is an impressive open access journal. Its mission statement is vital reading. The journal deserves our support. Consider helping them out.

I’ll cut and paste their Mission Statement below. It offers a vision of what the future of journals in philosophy could be like if we banded together to help out journals such as Phil Imprint and together work to transfer prestige to such journals. (more…)

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By In News and Events Comments Off on CFP: World Government

CFP: World Government

Call for Papers: World Government

Special issue of Philosophical Papers

Guest editor: Attila Tanyi (University of Tromsø)

Theorizing about world government has a long history. Formulations of some version of the idea already appear in Chinese, Indian as well as ancient Greek thought and later supporters (in Western philosophy) include Dante and Erasmus (while others, such as Bentham and Kant, offered qualified support only).

Today the idea appears to enjoy a new renaissance. This is perhaps not surprising. The world is encountering several global existential challenges, among them climate change, global injustice, and the threat of (nuclear) war. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges: to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is not a good idea for a variety of reasons, both moral as well as non-moral (such as political or pragmatic).

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By In News and Events Comments Off on CFP: Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on “Race and Public Policy”

CFP: Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on “Race and Public Policy”

Call for Paper for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on “Race and Public Policy”.

Details here.

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