Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Comics

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titmouse said...

Is it just me, or does the Leiter Reports run far too much on ranking. It started with the best programs. Then it moved on to the best philosopher of the 20th century. And now it's asking for input on the best papers. All this in a single week! This is getting to be a bit much. Is the entire profession status obsessed?

"Status, status, status! If Wittgenstein came back, and saw what's going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up."

(adapted for the occasion from "Hannah and Her Sisters")

Anonymous said...

...and then Leiter tries to minimize the impression that the job market is in worse shape this year than last year by noting that the same number of hires are posted this year as last. However, people with degrees from Harvard and other Ivies were not accepting jobs at small colleges and middling state universities on the scale that they are this year. There will be many out of work philosophers this next year, leaving academe, going to law school, begging for jobs at Starbucks. The dire state of the job market should not be minimized. To do so marginalizes those who have been left out in the cold.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. And it's not just Leiter, although he is the major prophet of the "Ranking and Status" culture in philosophy. It's all quite childish. I really think many of us philosophers are driven primarily by the urge to gain the adoration we wish we could have had in high school, college, etc., but were never "cool" enough to attain. We spend so much time and effort admiring ourselves in the mirror like a bunch of vain bodybuilders, it's a miracle we actually get any time to do philosophy!

Anonymous said...

Well said. There's a lot of bitching, and a shit ton of status obsession out there: it makes it depressing. But I find that this is more on the blogosphere than in person - in person, (some) philosophers are much better.

Thing that sucks is, when it comes to grad admissions, job market, and publishing - or at least access to the latest shit that's going down - status is the key. Leiter's, and most of the 'top30' crew's giddiness about it doesn't help.

Anonymous said...

hey, we really ought to comment on the fine picture by stbjd. it's awesome! (seriously) and, you wanna know the sad truth? when you get out, you still get haunted by monsters like that picture; but, instead of it being your committee, its the anonymous referees at journals as they ding your work. oh yeah.

Anonymous said...

When ceteris paribus of appointment is norm

The Leiter assessment of employ has form

but if we suffer from
economical doldrum

Leiter is not just misguided but wrong.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or is Brian Leiter to Anglo-American philosophy what Rush Limbaugh is to the Republican Party - i.e., the de facto leader whom no one dares to criticize except under a veil of anonymity? If an untenured philosopher dares to so much as intimate - publicly - that he has a beef with Leiter, Leiter goes after him with a vengeance and doesn't stop until the poor untenured philosopher either retracts and apologizes or finds his reputation in ruins. What's sad is how many tenured philosophers watch all this happen without comment and how many junior profs and graduate students actually cheer it on... THAT IS, until times like this when Leiterism turns around and bites them in the ass. Even then, though, they still don't have the balls to criticize him publicly... and you bet your ass that includes me!!! We're all a bunch of cowards fumbling and bumbling in the face of that asshole. He's just like Limbaugh.

Anonymous said...

"Anon" 7:45: I understand the impulse to post anonymously, but come on, Maurice, we all know it's you.

Anonymous said...

Some people call me MAURICE--
cause I speak of the pompetess of love--