Reader Luke Kaven writes:
You may have noticed a number of "community" pages on Facebook, themed around famous contemporary philosophers. There are pages for Kim Sterelny, Fred Dretske, William Lycan, John Searle, Sydney Shoemaker, Jaegwon Kim, and a page on Intentionality (as well as perhaps several others).
The administration of these pages is entirely anonymous, and there are no published standards. One day I wrote, in a mild-mannered comment on Sydney Shoemaker's page and Jaegwon Kim's page, suggesting that more content by the philosophers themselves would be useful. The next day, I found I was banned from making comments on those pages. On another page, I tried to write to the admins, asking for one to get in touch with me on a question. That message (worded as told here) also got me punished.
I can get over the smarting. Though I was a student of Sydney Shoemaker's and it does leave a bitter taste in my mouth. My concerns are more over the idea of community pages for philosophers, and under what rules they ought to be administered, and by whom. Surely this is a matter of some small concern. Anonymous administrators should not be in charge of representing these schools of thought in a way that is outright hostile to other members of the philosophical community.
This is a significant and meaningful way to disseminate knowledge about philosophy, and I would want to enquire further into the who is running the pages and how, for the sake of the community as a whole.
Does anyone have any insight into who owns these pages? Does this strike you as a concern? If you have any suggestions, I'd welcome them.
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