Sunday, April 11, 2010
"The Profession of Philosophy, with Brian Leiter and Jack Russell Weinstein." WHY? PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE, April 11, 2010.
What is the difference between a philosopher and a philosophy professor? What does the world think a philosopher is and how does this square with the philosopher’s own self image? The next episode of Why? looks closely at the philosopher’s job, exploring both the perennial question of its relevance and the tremendously competitive hiring process that almost every professional philosopher must endure. Join guest Brian Leiter for an insider’s look at the profession of philosophy, and a discussion about the future of the discipline: where is philosophy now, how has it changed, and how will it evolve over the next decades? Brian Leiter founded the University of Chicago Law School's Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values when he joined their faculty in July 2008. His teaching and research interests are in philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, and Continental philosophy. Most pertinently, he is the gatekeeper to philosophy's official unofficial rankings, maintaining The Philosophical Gourmet an annually updated list of the most prestigious graduate programs. He also maintains three blogs, one on Nietzsche, one on law school, and The Leiter Reports, a compendium of professional news, issues in the profession, and news clippings related to philosophy as a discipline and as a career. His scholarly books include Objectivity in Law and Morals, Nietzsche on Morality, The Future for Philosophy, Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy, and the Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy. Leiter holds an AB from Princeton University, and a JD and PhD in philosophy from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Why?'s host Jack Russell Weinstein says, "obviously, the profession of philosophy is always on my mind, but what happens when we explore it philosophically? What do we learn by turning the philosophical lens on ourselves? I’m excited to have Brian here to ask some of the most basic questions of all: how do philosophers make their money and are they of use to anyone at all.” Have a question you want to ask Brian in advance, or don’t want your voice on the air? Send it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to the podcast or listen to previous episodes online at http://www.whyradioshow.org/.