Friday, 22 June 2018

Let Us Make Our Discussions Here Better

Hat tip to a beautiful phil site which contains many norm violations and protects members of the profession from others.

I will protect you all, if you come under my big, capacious, beautiful wings, and we can all sit down and roll our sleeves up and talk about this besieged discipline we call "Philosophy".

Some of the comments here have been highly misleading and harmful to many members of the profession. Please refrain from any and all misleading facts in this section, and let's stick to the substance of this post, which is how we should improve the blog and, in turn, maybe the profession:

- Stick to the substance of the arguments: I've seen  people here who seem to think that writing a bunch of sentences in a  coherent way constitutes an argument, but this can be harmful, and it is our duty as lecturers and teachers to be more protective. John Protevi had an interesting take on this when I met him at a conference in Osaka in 1991: he says burn em all down (I Mean by this those who would have their cake and eat it too - "arguing" while all the while producing concrete harms to the profession. Go figure).

- Don't grandstand: just give us the argument, or if you can't do that, prepare a comic strip and show us that. It will be cool, entertaining, and funny, with low production values - that twisted, low fi aesthetic we've come to all know and love on the internet!

- Just be yourself: there's nothing worse than people coming here and posing as tenured seniour figures, or emeritus professors, when we all know you're just some filthy male in your basement playing on your Mom's latest computer. Shove it up your ass and go to hell.

I think we all need to take a breather for now after some of the recent norm violations we've seen here and elsewhere in the "philblogosphere". I for one could use a rest!

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