|A philosophy professor's natural habitat|
It then occurred to me that, if the blank looks on some people's faces when I tell them I'm a philosophy professor are any indication, there may also be some general interest in understanding just what a professor of philosophy actually does for a living. And thus was born the idea for a post on a year in the life of an academic.
Here are are some things I did in 2015 in my role as a philosophy professor:
– I published two articles and two book reviews (see my Academia.edu page for details). One of the articles was partly based on some posts I made both on this blog (here and here) and on The Indian Philosophy Blog (here and here).
– In late December I had a paper accepted by the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism. It should appear in 2016. I’m excited to bring some Indian philosophy to a “mainstream” journal.
– I served as a panel chair and discussant for a panel called “Self, Mind, and Agency in Indian Traditions” at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Vancouver in April, where I met Anand Vaidya. Anand invited me to San José State University to give a talk to his comparative philosophy seminar in October, which was a great experience.
– I organized a panel, “The Future of the Study of Indian Philosophy” at the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference in Monterey, California in October. As part of the panel I gave a talk, “Whither the Matilal Strategy?: On Indian/Analytic Comparisons" (partly based on this post on The Indian Philosophy Blog).
– Here at home, I taught spring and summer sections of a course called Western Humanities I and a fall section of History of Ancient Philosophy, a course on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. I also taught Philosophies of India in Spring 2015. I created a new course, Introduction to Asian Philosophy, which is a lower level general education course that I taught in Fall 2015 and will be teaching again in the spring.
– In August I was invited to give a talk for a community group here in Chattanooga called the Chattanooga Institute of Noetic Sciences Study Group. I talked about the relationship between skepticism and religious practice in Sextus Empiricus and Nāgārjuna. It was a good chance to do some community engagement (something my university is keen to do).
– In October, on the invitation of my friend, Jeremy Henkel, I gave a talk at Wofford College in South Carolina. I talked about Nāgārjuna and skepticism.
– In January 2015 I began serving at the Book Review Editor at The Indian Philosophy Blog. We’ve had a number of really great reviews so far, and hopefully we’ll have a lot more in 2016!