Daniel Solove (George Washington) suggests a new site devoted to college gossip may well be worse than Autoadmit, that notorious cesspool of infantile morons, racists, and misogynistic freaks masquerading as a law school discussion board. One must agree with Professor Solove: until the disastrous Section 230 of the misnamed Communications Decency Act is repealed or revised, and regular libel law comes to Cyberspace, we are going to see more of these worthless sites.
This may only be of interest to a limited number of readers, but...I'm delighted to announce that The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy (edited by myself and Michael Rosen) has now been published. It's an outstanding group of contributors
from the U.S., Britain, Australia, Canada, and Continental Europe,
including many of the leading senior and junior scholars in the field.
Here is a pertinent bit from the "Introduction":
the 1970s, we have entered a “Golden Age” for English-speaking
scholarship on the so-called “Continental” traditions of philosophy,
meaning (primarily) philosophy after Kant in Germany and France in the
19th and 20th centuries. Much of this work has been
concerned to introduce and interpret the writings of major individual
thinkers and to locate them within a conceptual framework that is
familiar to those with a background in the mainstream of philosophy as
conventionally taught in Anglophone departments. At the same time, a
hallmark of recent scholarly developments is the renewed appreciation
for the sometimes distinctive historical and philosophical contexts in
which Continental philosophy has been produced, allowing us to
appreciate both where the Continental traditions depart from those
familiar in the Anglophone world and to assess the philosophical merits
of the distinctive philosophical positions developed.
This volume aims to give a representative sample of these important
developments in philosophical scholarship, and, more importantly, to
give a broad and inclusive thematic treatment of Continental philosophy, treating its subject-matter philosophically
and not simply as a series of museum pieces from the history of ideas.
Each of the essays takes up a topic from within the field in such a way
as to bring key ideas into focus and capture their distinctiveness as
well as providing a critical assessment of their value.
...and Eric Posner explains (amusingly) why it won't work. ("Perhaps if you know that
breaking your diet makes you complicit in genocide, you will resist
that slice of chocolate covered cheesecake." Indeed!)
Cornell Law School has made three senior appointments: Sherry Colb (criminal law and procedure) from Rutgers University, Newark and her husband Michael Dorf (constitutional law and theory) from Columbia University (both of whom will start in fall 2008). A third senior hire from a peer school has also been made, which I hope to be able to announce soon.
That's a big and important set of senior hires for the small Cornell faculty!
UPDATE: Cornell has now announced the third senior hire: Laura Underkuffler (property, constitutional law) from Duke University. In addition, I had missed that Cornell also hired (starting this fall) Chantal Thomas (international law and trade) from the University of Minnesota, whom we had the pleasure of having as a visitor here several years ago.