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Ave atque Vale, Invisible Adjunct

Mar 24th, 2004 12:02 am | By

Damn! Invisible Adjunct is packing it in. Rolling up the carpets, unplugging the lamps, feeding the leftover cake to the cat. In short, leaving. Leaving both blogging and adjuncting. I don’t know which is sadder. Well yes I do – the latter is. Presumably it was more important to her, so it’s worse that the world of academe closed her out. My Cliopatria colleague Ralph Luker and IA’s real world history teaching colleague is angry about it.

I am stunned! Angry, first of all, at the academy and more particularly at the history profession for its failure. And, yes, it is the profession’s failure, not IA’s. Deeply sorry, secondly, for the loss of a humane and deeply thoughtful voice in

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Shivaji Making Waves Again *

Mar 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

BJP leaders in Maharashtra call for ban on Nehru book that ‘demeans’ Shivaji.… Read the rest

Life Among the Lexicographers *

Mar 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

Compiling a dictionary of regional English, and what one learns thereby.… Read the rest

The Court, the Pledge, the Deity *

Mar 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

What does the word ‘God’ mean, anyway?… Read the rest

Philip Stott on What Ails Academics *

Mar 22nd, 2004 | Filed by

Feuds, rivalries, pecking orders, nasty remarks – too much like kindergarten.… Read the rest

Certification in Three Days? *

Mar 22nd, 2004 | Filed by

To many philosophical counselors, Lou Marinoff is an embarrassment.… Read the rest

Astronauts Regret Doom of Hubble *

Mar 22nd, 2004 | Filed by

Repair mission worth the risk and they would do it again, astronauts say.… Read the rest

Wilentz, Wills, Jefferson *

Mar 22nd, 2004 | Filed by

Is revisionist history recapitulating partisan Federalist politics?… Read the rest

Burke on Butler (and Yglesias) *

Mar 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Will gay marriage dissolve the gay-straight binary and lead to a gender-free world? Probably not.… Read the rest

Who Did What to Whom in Rwanda? *

Mar 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Who shot down Habyarimana’s plane in 1994? What happened after the genocide?… Read the rest

400 Nigerian Children Have Caught Polio *

Mar 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Radical Muslim clerics in northern Nigeria are blocking WHO vaccination program.… Read the rest

Undiplomatic Immunity

Mar 20th, 2004 11:26 pm | By

There is a discussion at Twisty Sticks of the subject we were talking about a few days ago (‘Immunity’), and will be talking about in the future – as I said, it’s one I’m curious about and would like to explore. The subject of Why Does Religion Get Special Treatment? Why does it get a blank check, a free pass, a dispensation, diplomatic immunity. Why are there special rules that apply to religion and nothing else, why does religion get to trump other concerns, why does the importance of religion outweigh the importance of other things – of other concerns, commitments, values, desires, goals.

Which raises a related question, one which probably needs answering or at least clarifying in order … Read the rest

When Political Thought Goes Rigid *

Mar 20th, 2004 | Filed by

A paper on cultism in political groups.… Read the rest

Conversion From Christianity to Philoflagellationism? *

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Garry Wills on ‘The Passion’ and the persecution mania of religious extremists.… Read the rest

Do We Need Robots to Play Tennis on Mars? *

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Steven Weinberg on the waste and pointlessness of sending humans into space.… Read the rest

Another Reporter Gets Creative With Facts *

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist made up stories and lifted material.… Read the rest

Complementary Medicine May Be Harmful *

Mar 19th, 2004 | Filed by

Now there’s a surprise.… Read the rest

Names Again

Mar 18th, 2004 8:53 pm | By

Norm Geras has taken up the discussion of women and names. (And by the way, speaking of Norm, there was a conference to honour his career at Manchester a few days ago. Chris Bertram of Twisty Sticks gave a paper there on Marx and Engels reading Rousseau, Ian Kershaw gave one on the singularity of the Holocaust. I was not there, I was over here, several miles away, turning pale with envy.) You’ll see that he doesn’t entirely agree with JerryS.

..what’s always struck me as the most difficult issue is not – as gets pointed out pretty quickly – that by keeping her own name a woman is still thereby accepting to be known by the name of another

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Interesting Choice *

Mar 18th, 2004 | Filed by

Guy poisons wife and random strangers, does time, now teaches medical ethics.… Read the rest

Myths About Induction *

Mar 18th, 2004 | Filed by

There is no single Scientific Method based on induction.… Read the rest