In a new episode of our Philosophy Voiced podcast, American philosopher and poet Rick Anthony Furtak talks to Kamila Pacovská and Ruth Rebecca Tietjen. You can enjoy the podcast HERE.
The PhD Seminar meets on Tuesdays (10am-12; the alpha room at the fifth floor) during the term weeks. At this seminar, our PhD students presents their ongoing work and drafts of dissertation chapters. But we also meet to talk about what it means to think and write philosophy in a good way in contemporary academia, to prepare our PhD’s for a life in the Academia. The Centre’s more senior researches are usually present as well.
The programme for this term can be found HERE.
The PhD study ends with two committee examinations: I. State Doctoral Examination and II. Dissertation Defence. Typically, they take place jointly. The State Doctoral Examination has to take place prior to Dissertation Defence. For each examination, the student applies on a typified form together with obligatory attachments (see below for details).
Antony Fredriksson has written a new blog, following up on his initial thoughts on lockdown from a year ago. You can read it HERE.
About a year ago, I wrote a blog-post* in the midst of the development of the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdown had just started in the Czech Republic and the general atmosphere was one of slight paranoia. At that point, there was no way of knowing what directions this will take. If we were to have known that a year later we would still live under restrictions and that the danger caused by the virus would be far from over, this knowledge would have been overwhelming.
Some things have been revealed for me during this year. Some things have shown themselves under a new light.
Ondřej Beran has written a new blong on the challenges of teaching philosophy. You can read it HERE.
Teaching is a strange experience, at least for someone who is not regularly teaching much, which is my case. More experienced colleagues offer words of support and encouragement, bordering on warning: students tend to be lazy, one needs to be careful, and erring on the side of strictness rather than of over-leniency. Pro-active brightness is not to be expected; expect the obtuse and the undereducated. And so forth.