As summer comes to a close and we get ready to return to the classroom, I’ve been thinking more about the different shapes my colleagues’ summers have taken, about how much we’ve written and how much real holidays we’ve taken. As a philosophy department chair, one of my responsibilities is chairing the department’s annual performance evaluation committee and each year I’m struck anew by how hard some of my colleagues work. I feel humbled by how much very high quality work some colleagues publish.

Since my last post to PEA Soup was on the goods of childhood (on the question of whether some goods of childhood are intrinsically good or whether they are all valued on the basis of their effects on the life of the adult the child becomes),  » …Read more