"One side note: It was interesting how unsettled (and unsettling?) the idea of public philosophy remained right through to the end of the conference. After some papers on Saturday, someone would ask: "I can see how that's philosophy, but is…"
"Bob -- Thanks for starting this thread. Let me add a bit more and encourage others to do the same.
We had roughly 150 people registered and, in the midst of the conference, reached a milestone of having 500 members in the network.…"
I've developed some of my notes from the conference into a blog post, available here.Here's the summary:Finally, from a workshop session on philosophers in the city, I distilled the following three activities I consider legitimate and appropriate for publicly engaged philosophers: Facilitation. Philosophical training leaves us uniquely qualified to identify assumptions, worldviews, values held by…See More
I'm curious to know what blogs and other online resources exist that might inform philosophical engagement with cities. Before I get to the shameless plug for my own (recently-inactive-but-soon-to-be-revived) blog, this one has been of interest to me:http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/This is how the "collective" describes itself: "Sustainable Cities Collective is an editorially independent, moderated community for leaders of major…See More
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My research and publications have been in the area of environmental ethics, with a special focus on ethics in the built environment. This focus, combined with a generally pragmatist (and existentialist!) outlook and the fact that I work in an interdisciplinary program, draws me to public philosophy.
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