Where Are the Philosophers? Thoughts from THATCamp Pedagogy

Prof. Hacker, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Nov 22, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Chronicle's Prof. Hacker says "there are not... numerous examples of philosophers using techniques of the digital humanities to _do_ philosophy or using digital tools to teach philosophy." I comment in reply, "Well, I *think* I am doing digital philosophy, but philosophers (properly so-called) may disagree. But if we agree that philosophy is "the discovery, development, classification and analysis of human concepts and reasoning," then I am definitely doing philosophy online (perhaps even using the techniques of the digital humanities, whatever those are). Additionally, my background and formal academic training are in philosophy, up to my ABD (yeah, I'm one of those people more stubborn than their supervisor). But if you think 'doing philosophy' is 'being employed as a philosophy professor and offering classes', then I'm not doing philosophy. But who would want to define philosophy *that* way? To find people using new technologies, we have to look outside the usual places."
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