Has Brian Leiter lost his marbles? Well here is some evidence that he has: He’s asked me to be guest blogger for this week and he says … and now I quote … “You could write about Wikileaks, Snowden, the guy in Dallas, privacy/snooping stuff; or your philosophy of cyberspace stuff; or your dynamical lexicon stuff; or anything else more or less loosely of a philosophical nature.” He sold me with “loosely of a philosophical nature.” In other words: I can write about anything I want!
So this week should be fun. I’m hoping we can have some discussions about philosophers as public intellectuals, outsider philosophers, philosophers breaking bad (by using their skills on behalf of the surveillance state), anarchism, trolls, and who knows what else? There are over 9000 things to talk about, including mudkips! Plus we’ll try to keep up with hirings and firings and relevant issues in the academy.
It took Brian years to build this forum. This week we find out if that can all be destroyed in seven days. Stay tuned!
-- Peter Ludlow (aka Urizenus Sklar)
Dept. of Philosophy, Northwestern University