Of course, there’s still that pesky question of justice ….
In line with my thoughts on the simple things this morning, some advice on managing one’s academic career.
Of course, this presupposes one has a tenure track job ….
I look forward to exploring this:
Sage, indeed ….
We recently received some exciting news this week, one of our editors, Professor Randall Curren has been appointed to the position of ‘Professor of Moral and Virtue Education’ by the University of Birmingham. This post is the first of its kind in the UK and is also the first professorship ever established by the Royal Institute of Philosophy. In this role, Professor Curren will collaborate with and offer guidance to the multidisciplinary research teams in The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values at the University of Birmingham. The centre was established in May 2012 in the aftermath of the London Riots.
The teams at the centre are investigating the understanding and role of character and virtue education in British schools, the role of ethical values in decision making in the professions, and public understanding and valuing of gratitude.
Professor Curren is currently Professor in Philosophy and has a secondary professorship…
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This essay asks some good questions:
• Who decides that the research has had impact and how?
• Who gets to tell the story of events, to whom and with what effects?
• In whose interests is this?
• Where is mess in the impact story?
• Who is the hero/heroine of this plan/case? Does the research impact plan/case HAVE to have one?
My favorite is the one about the mess!
I often notice that simple things make my life better. For instance, when I fall asleep early, the world seems a little better when I awake. How much more notable, then, is the fact that I usually fight sleep, as if the worst thing in the world would be to fall asleep early, lest I miss something? Not letting myself enjoy the simple things — a problem that itself seems susceptible to a simple solution — makes my life worse.
Today, then, I issue myself a challenge: find simple ways to stop making your life worse. Then, do those things, rather than fighting them!