"The Profession of Philosophy Redux"
Originally broadcast: September 12, 2010
Brian Leiter joined Why? in April but technical difficulties prevented us have having anything but a short conversation.
In this episode, he generously returns to try again.
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What is the difference between a philosopher and a philosophy professor? What does the world think a philosopher is and how does
this square with the philosopher’s own self-image? The next episode of Why? looks closely at the philosopher’s job,
exploring both the perennial question of its relevance and the tremendously competitive hiring process that almost
every professional philosopher must endure. Join guest Brian Leiter for an insider’s look at the profession of philosophy,
and a discussion about the future of the discipline: where is philosophy now, how has it changed, and how will it evolve
over the next decades?
Brian Leiter founded the University of Chicago Law School's Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values when he joined their faculty
in July 2008. His teaching and research interests are in philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, and Continental
philosophy. Most pertinently, he is the gatekeeper to philosophy's official unofficial rankings, maintaining
"The Philosophical Gourmet" an annually updated list of the most prestigious graduate programs. He also maintains
three blogs, one on Nietzsche, one on law school, and "The Leiter Reports," a compendium of professional news,
issues in the profession, and news clippings related to philosophy as a discipline and as a career. His scholarly
books include Objectivity in Law and Morals, Nietzsche on Morality, The Future for Philosophy, Naturalizing
Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy, and The Oxford Handbook of
Continental Philosophy. Leiter holds an AB from Princeton University, and a JD and PhD in philosophy from University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Why?'s host Jack Russell Weinstein says, "Obviously, the profession of philosophy is always on my mind, but what happens when we
explore it philosophically? What do we learn by turning the philosophical lens on ourselves? I’m excited to have
Brian here to ask some of the most basic questions of all: how do philosophers make their money and are they of use
to anyone at all.”
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