More than half the respondents--56%, or about 300--report that the social media presence of job candidates has affected their job prospects. And more than half of those reported the effect was usually negative, with another third saying "sometimes positive, sometimes negative."
On the positive side, a bit more than half reported that social media use either had no impact or a positive one.
It might be interesting if faculty who responded to the poll could say a bit about the kinds of things they have seen on social media that have helped and/or hurt candidates.
Jeff McMahan (Oxford) calls my attention to his latest post at the Practical Ethics blog. Alas, the bulk of the comments following the post are disgracefully idiotic; hopefully, they will be removed, and an adult discussion might ensue.
Now you know what I'm working on this evening. Here it is in brief: Marx thought technological innovation under capitalism would produce a falling rate of profit for capitalist enterprises, but he thought this because he accepted the labor theory of value, which is false. Yet at the limit technological innovation under capitalism will produce a falling rate of profit because the elimination of human labor will reduce the total pool of consumers. Is there a good discussion of this in the economic literature? Thanks.
...and he's also mystified why a serious journal is devoting an issue to it. If other parts of philosophy had as clear Wissenschaftlich standards as philosophy of language/linguistics does, there' be more protests of this kind.
The top 10 private names are familiar: Harvard University ($42.8 billion in cash and investments in fiscal 2014), Stanford University ($31.6 billion), Yale University ($25.4 billion), Princeton University ($21.3 billion), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($15.2 billion), University of Pennsylvania ($11.9 billion), Duke University ($11.4 billion), Northwestern University ($10.4 billion), Columbia University ($9.9 billion) and University of Notre Dame ($9.5 billion).
Lists like this give a slightly misleading impression because they don't mention the size of the student body and, most importantly, the presence or absence of professional schools (which are expensive, especially Medicine). The wealthiest university on this list, in reality, is Princeton, which has neither Law, nor Medical, nor Business Schools. MIT doesn't have Law or Medicine. Notre Dame doesn't have Medicine. All the others have all three.
The wealthiest "public" is the University of Texas system, with over 36 billion (including law, medical, and business schools--in some cases more than one!). It serves somewhere in the vicinity of 160,000 students. Princeton, with its mere 21.3 billion, serves about 8,000 students.
I take it these figures also don't include real estate. Columbia's endowment, given its location, is rather non-competitive with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton et al., but Columbia's real estate holdings (including housing for faculty) are huge. I don't know of a source for those figures.
UPDATE: Roger Albin, a professor of medicine at Michigan, notes that, "Academic medical centers generally (and have to) pay for themselves via clinical income," rather than through endowments. He also offers some interesting detail I was completely unaware of regarding Harvard:
The situation is somewhat different for institutions that are involved in academic medical centers but don't own their hospital systems. The most important case is Harvard, which does not own its teaching hospitals. These are financially separate systems which employ Harvard appointed faculty. The Partners system (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Womens) and Boston Children's, to name the most important, actually pay for most of the faculty at the Harvard Medical School, and have their own separate endowments. The enormous Harvard endowment covers fewer faculty than you might think, one of the reasons they can afford to pay relatively high salaries in many fields. There are also some negative examples in this category. The very fine Baylor College of Medicine used to staff the Methodist Hospital system in Houston. Baylor and Methodist had a falling out over finances and split, leaving Baylor in a very challenging financial situation.
Interesting how much stronger the effect on religiosity of communist rule in China was than in the former Soviet Union. (Amusingly, the Washington Post informs us that China also instilled materialism in its people as well. I thought that had only happened in Australia.)
Johnny Brennan from the ACLS kindly writes with news about philosopher winners in the last ACLS competitions:
Jacob Beck, Assistant Professor at York University, “Beyond Language” How the Mind Represents the World”
Tim Maudlin, Professor at New York University, “Space-Time and the Theory of Linear Structures”
Christia Mercer, Professor at Columbia University, “Feeling the Way to Truth: Women, Reason, and the Development of Modern Philosophy”
Collaborative Research Fellowship
Derrick Darby, Professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (in collaboration with John L. Rury, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Kansas), “The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice”
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Arash Abazari, PhD Candidate at Johns Hopkins University, “Hegel’s Logic of Essence as the Ontology of Power in Capitalism”
Robert Steel, PhD Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, “Planning for Failure”
Denise Vigani, PhD Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center, “Construing Character: Virtue as a Cognitive-Affective Processing System”
Our Public Fellows program is currently still in review. This program seeks to match recent PhDs in two-year staff positions with partnering organizations in government and the non-profit sector. It is a great way for fresh humanities PhDs who are considering careers outside of academia to make the transition. It is growing rapidly in popularity among graduate students as well as organizations who are quickly realizing the benefits of staffing humanities PhDs. We hope to announce the fellows in late May. If there are any philosophers in the cohort I’ll be sure to let you know.
Reader Robert McGarvey sent along this piece, and added the following all too apt observations:
No real news here...but the rise of adjuncts plainly is the most toxic force in higher ed in a generation. It is gutting the protection of tenure (although most profs seem too narcissistic and/or dumb to see it), it is trivializing the education of kids, and it is turning graduate education into a kind of Ponzi scheme.
The elite Ivies and similar seem to be immune to the PTL plague...but just about everybody else is a victim.
Was ist vornehm? Was bedeutet uns heute noch das Wort "vornehm"? Woran verräth sich, woran erkennt man, unter diesem schweren verhängten Himmel der beginnenden Pöbelherrschaft, durch den Alles undurchsichtig und bleiern wird, den vornehmen Menschen? - Es sind nicht die Handlungen, die ihn beweisen, - Handlungen sind immer vieldeutig, immer unergründlich -; es sind auch die "Werke" nicht. Man findet heute unter Künstlern und Gelehrten genug von Solchen, welche durch ihre Werke verrathen, wie eine tiefe Begierde nach dem Vornehmen hin sie treibt: aber gerade dies Bedürfniss nach dem Vornehmen ist von Grund aus verschieden von den Bedürfnissen der vornehmen Seele selbst, und geradezu das beredte und gefährliche Merkmal ihres Mangels. Es sind nicht die Werke, es ist der Glaube, der hier entscheidet, der hier die Rangordnung feststellt, um eine alte religiöse Formel in einem neuen und tieferen Verstande wieder aufzunehmen: irgend eine Grundgewissheit, welche eine vornehme Seele über sich selbst hat, Etwas, das sich nicht suchen, nicht finden und vielleicht auch nicht verlieren lässt.- Die vornehme Seele hat Ehrfurcht vor sich.-
Forthcoming inThe Blackwell Companion to Experimental Philosophy, co-authored with Daniel Telech, a PhD student here who is very knowledgeable not only about Nietzsche, but about empirical and philosophical moral psychology (Dan is the lead author on this piece).
Is there any point to running these open threads? Last week was an all-time low, only 9 comments, earlier on, 90 comments or so were common, the last several weeks, more like two dozen. Perhaps I should just open comments on more threads with particular topics?
A well-known political philosopher, he was emeritus at the University of Vermont. Larry Solum (Georgetown) has a bit more.
UPDATE: Philosopher Don Loeb at Vermont gave me permission to share the message he sent to his colleagues about Prof. Wertheimer's passing:
I am sorry to have such sad news to relay. Our beloved friend and colleague, and one of the most honest and fearless philosophers I have ever known, Alan Wertheimer, died this afternoon at 4 PM. He was surrounded by his family and not in pain.
ANOTHER: Philosopher Jerry Dworkin sends along this interview with Wertheimer.
Jason Turner (metaphysics, philosophical logic, free will), Associate Professor at Saint Louis University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, where he will start this fall.
If you try to think of which group has been the most consistent target of social media shaming, it is surely women who dare to express their opinions or to break up with boyfriends. The major effect of social media is that it enables people to broadcast an opinion—or, more accurately, a gut reaction—to the whole world, instantly, without pausing to give it any thought. This, combined with pervasive anonymity and traditional animosity to anyone who acts or thinks unconventionally, has awoken atavistic instincts that are multiplied a hundredfold through herd mentality. And then these ill-considered reactions are stored indefinitely, while being immediately accessible to anyone, thanks to the efficiency of search engines.
Continental Philosophy Farhang Erfani, a philosopher at American University, provides a useful set of links to news, events, interviews, reviews, videos, etc. related to "Continental philosophy" (broadly construed)