The Good Advisor

For those who inexplicably did not read my last post on the topic, Colin McGinn is a relatively bigwig philosopher who resigned from University of Miami rather than face an investigation into sexually suggestive emails sent to a female graduate student. He seems intent on assuring his total self-destruction with a series of increasingly unhinged…

Have I made a terrible mistake?

I just made a big life decision on the side of risk rather than safety. And I’m worried. The chances for anyone getting a tenure track job in philosophy are really small. No one knows for sure, but most people think about 10% of people on the philosophy job market in a given year get…

I like fauxphilnews as more than a friend

The philosophy world was recently shook by a sub-scandal involving Colin McGinn, a famous philosopher (which means about 2000 people worldwide know who he is). The one book he wrote in one of my areas of expertise, the philosophy of film, was actually laughably bad. Apparently, he’s made contributions elsewhere. Anyhow, Professor McGinn was forced to…

And I’m back!

Hi all! After a harrowing semester where my kid was quite sick (fine now), I fell so far behind on my teaching that I will get terrible evaluations, and I got a doctorate, I’m here! Dr. Woodhouse, PhD. (Note: from now on, I demand the use of both the suffix and the prefix.) I have…

Blessing Kids with Special Needs

The new pope Francis I is eschewing trappings of excess. This strikes me as a both a savvy move and morally good move. (Church officials: if you are interesting in consulting atheist Jewish American soccer moms before making theological and/or PR moves, let’s have lunch!). He made headlines on Easter when he lifted a boy…

Doping, Blade Running, and Wheelchair Basketball

This is cross-posted on the main page. I would appreciate any comments there. Andrew Sullivan criticizes Jeremy Rozansky’s condemnation of steroid use by claiming that steroid use is perhaps less morally arbitrary than genetic inheritance of athletic ability. I agree with Sullivan that there is no question that a significant portion of any person’s athletic ability is not directly…

Dementia with Dignity

I’ve been interested in philosophy outreach to the community lately. I coached a high school ethics bowl team in the fall. In two days, I give my first philosophy lecture to a local retirement community. I am ridiculously excited about this. Coincidentally, yesterday, beloved reader Kazzy gives me a heads up on a very interesting…

Migraines and Thinking Clearly

I get migraines. Very frequent. Very severe. Luckily, they are fairly well-managed with: medications that have relatively few side effects; enough sleep; enough water; cold enough rooms to sleep in; and avoiding life’s finer pleasures, such as alcohol, chocolate, peanut butter, and watermelon. I consider this fact about my life very slightly interesting, rather than…