Liz Harman asked me to post the following announcement:
To those on the job market, and those with students on the job market:
Anyone who does ethics should seriously consider applying for the Harold T. Schapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics at Princeton. The ad says (and we really mean it) "an applicant may have a background in any area of ethical studies, not necessarily in bioethics." The application requires a 1,500-word research proposal, so you do have to have in mind a serious research project in bioethics. But you do not have to already be doing bioethics! Princeton is a wonderful place to spend one to three years! Please feel free to email me if you have specific questions about the postdoc. Best, Liz
I need to help develop an undergraduate course on ethics in journalism and the media, to be taken primarily by aspiring TV/film writers and producers. Have any of our readers ever taught such a course? Anyone willing to share syllabi, advice about texts, etc.? Thanks!
You are offered a choice between two experience machines.
Machine A is just like the ones you already know about. You'll be on the experience machine until you are 120 years old, getting lots of various sorts of pleasure.
Machine B offers exactly the same experiences as Machine A. However, the experiences are crammed into a much shorter period of time: just one day. The first 12 hours of this day seem to last 12 hours. The next 6 hours seem to last 12 hours. The next 3 hours seem to last 12 hours. And so on (as in Sorensen's "The Cheated God"). A fraction of a second before the 24 hours are up, the machine kills you painlessly. At that time it seems to you as if you have lived 120 highly pleasant years.
The 2008 Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference has posted its call for papers. As far as I know, this is the only philosophy conference where you can win a prize for sustaining a physical injury. (Visit to ER may be required to claim prize; only one winner per year.) Needless to say, I will be there.