Rules of the (Discursive) Road

by Robert Gressis ___ Imagine that the rules of the road were the following: [1] In general, you’re allowed to drive wherever you want, though some places are off-limits, either because they’re not public roads, or because you don’t have money for the toll, or because they’re temporarily closed. [2] Similarly, you must follow the... Continue Reading →

Assessing Richard Hanania’s Conservatism

by Robert Gressis ___ In this episode, Robert Gressis (philosophy, California State University, Northridge) and David Leitch (political science, California State University, Northridge) discuss the work of aspiring conservative public intellectual, Richard Hanania. https://youtu.be/RCZRgYY20l8 01:01 - Let’s talk about sex, baby! 04:44 - Hanania’s master idea—give the right a policy program. 15:57 - Wokeness and... Continue Reading →

Kant and Bad Parking

by Robert Gressis ____ Today, I was dropping my son off at school when I saw a desirable parking spot. Like just about every parking spot near my son’s school, it required parallel parking. So, I rolled past the spot, put on my turn-indicator, and waited for the cars behind me to clear so that... Continue Reading →

Endgame

E. John Winner ___ This essay is a response generally to an article Dan Kaufman posted here at EA [https://theelectricagora.com/2021/10/14/some-cranky-thoughts-on-philosophers/], and in some ways also to some implications embedded in comments on that article by Robert Gressis, which extend the problems Dan noted beyond philosophy departments to include the whole of the Humanities and even... Continue Reading →

What’s Money?

by Robert Gressis ____ David Dick (of the University of Calgary) and Robert Gressis talk about the differences between American and Canadian universities (as usual, the Canadians use funny words); what it's like to teach in a business school (David often has to sprinkle ethics on papers); David's research in the philosophy of money (does... Continue Reading →

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AT THE US NAVAL WAR COLLEGE

by Robert Gressis ____ In this episode of Everyday Philosophers, I talked with Yvonne Chiu (US Naval War College) about what it's like to teach at a military institution (no, you can't make your students do push-ups) and her research on the unsustainability of soft authoritarianism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eSouHxnkqg&feature=youtu.be 0:03:29​ The US Naval War College: “where is... Continue Reading →

Philosophy, Critical Thinking, and community college

by Robert Gressis ____ I talked with Alberto Mendoza-Larreynaga (Adjunct Professor of philosophy at Antelope Valley College) about what it's like to teach philosophy in a community college, as well as writing an ever-changing textbook addressed to community college students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sKSWNQyKjM&t=2s&ab_channel=ElectricAgora 01:59​ The students at Antelope Valley College 08:06​ How do you teach students academic... Continue Reading →

Evolution, belief, and manipulation: A discussion with Hugo Mercier

by Robert Gressis ____ In this dialogue, Hugo Mercier (French National Center for Scientific Research, Not Born Yesterday) and I discuss how human belief and manipulation work, and Hugo's research about why people aren't as manipulable as we sometimes think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NcMWlU6jzA&list=PLFBaXJ7yNOYERObvjSkJfoDOgtMWVhWse&index=2&ab_channel=ElectricAgora 01:24​ Hugo’s thesis: When it comes to communication, people are not easily manipulated, but... Continue Reading →

The Grade Economy

by Robert Gressis and Kevin Currie-Knight ____ Robert Gressis and Kevin Currie-Knight have a wide-ranging conversation about the (fraught?) relationship between schooling, learning, and A-F grading. The discussion centers around an essay Currie-Knight wrote called Against the Grade Economy: https://theelectricagora.com/2020/12/26/against-the-grade-economy/ Streaming Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK-zUSFJ4Uc&list=PLFBaXJ7yNOYHdqzsJXrJD0aoiCD9H4iJS&index=2&t=16s&ab_channel=ElectricAgora 00:02:36​​ Rob and Kevin make small talk 00:07:01​​ Kevin describes and laments... Continue Reading →

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