P H I L O S O P H Y P A T H W A Y S ISSN 2043-0728
Issue number 181
11th December 2013
I. Introducing three Pathways Editors: Erwin Laya, Martin Jenkins and
II. 'Call for Papers: What's Wrong with Childhood Today?' by Sharon
Kaye (2nd Call)
III. StudyPartners.net and the StudyPartners Blog
IV. Philosophy and Photography
FROM THE LIST MANAGER
In September (Issue 178) I announced my resignation as Editor of
Philosophy Pathways. I also said that issues would still appear 'as
and when the need or opportunity arises'. This is one of those
This issue 181 of Philosophy Pathways is devoted to news, which is
one of the original functions envisaged for the (then titled)
'Pathways News' e-journal back in 2001 when it was first launched.
The most important news item is that we now have three new Editors
for Philosophy Pathways: Erwin Laya, Martin Jenkins and Sharon Kaye.
Erwin Laya was the Editor for Issue 179. Martin Jenkins edited issue
180. Issue 182 will be edited by Sharon Kaye.
Editors will take turns in preparing issues for publication. In
principle, there is no limit to the number of Pathways Editors, but I
envisage that the post of Editor will be more or less permanent, so
that each Editor gets the chance to produce several issues of the
e-journal, or indeed as many as they like.
In stark contrast with Wikipedia, Pathways Editors are free to
produce their own issues without interference from other Editors. My
role as List Manager is to appoint suitable Editors and send out the
issues of the e-journal. It is a strictly hands-off approach. I will
continue to manage the subscriber list, post issues on the Pathways
web site, and copy edit issues before sending them out to the list.
Other items of Pathways news are Sharon Kaye's call for papers on the
topic of childhood and the good life, 'What's Wrong With Childhood
Today?', an update on StudyPartners.net and the new StudyPartners
Blog at http://studypartners.blogspot.com plus a bonus feature on
philosophy and photography.
My best wishes for the festive season and the New Year!
I. INTRODUCING THREE PATHWAYS EDITORS: ERWIN LAYA, MARTIN JENKINS AND
I am delighted to report that three persons have responded to the
call for Pathways Editors. Two have already edited their own issue of
the e-journal, and a third issue is due to appear some time early in
the New Year.
The following is taken from the page on the Philosophy Pathways web
site which contains brief bios/ CVs of the Pathways Editors:
Editor of Issue 179
Professor Erwin Bello Laya graduated with a Bachelor of
Arts degree major in Philosophy and Mass Communication at
Saint Paul Seminary in Cavite City, Philippines. He earned
his Master of Arts in Theology major in Religious Education
from Ignatian Institute of Religious Education Foundation
(Holy Cross of Davao College) in Davao City, Philippines.
He has completed all the academic requirements for the
degree in Doctor of Philosophy also at the same
institution. Since 2002 up to the present, he has been
teaching Philosophy, particularly in Logic, Ethics,
Philosophy of Man, Social Philosophy, Rizal, and Sociology
at Brokenshire College, Philippines; and Theology such as
Christology and Christian Morality at University of
Immaculate Conception and San Pedro College as a part time
Professor Laya is the module developer of the two
instructional materials at Brokenshire College, Module in
Philosophy of the Human Person and Module in Logic and
Correct Thinking. In 1997-1998, he was a magazine editor of
Alitaptap, a scholastic magazine of Diwa Scholastic Press,
Philippines. He was a contributor of the local newspaper in
Cotabato City, Philippines, The Mindanao Cross, and
currently a contributor of the Pathways e-journals. He is
married to Mona Labial Laya with two sons: Paul Benedict
and Joseph Lorenzo.
Editor of Issue 180
Martin Jenkins gained a BA in Philosophy from the
University of Bolton followed by a MA from the University
of Liverpool and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.
He has taught Adult Education courses in Philosophy and is
currently a mentor at Pathways to Philosophy, a panel
member of Ask a Philosopher, as well as contributing
articles to the Philosophy Pathways e-journal.
In 2009, Martin received the Fellowship Award from the
International Society for Philosophers for his dissertation
'Aristocratic Radicalism or Anarchy? An Examination of
Friedrich Nietzsche's Doctrine of Will to Power'.
Editor of forthcoming Issue 182
Sharon Kaye is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll
University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa
with a BA in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin,
Madison. After receiving her PhD in 1997 from the
University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow
at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her
original interest lay with medieval philosophy and William
of Ockham in particular, but she now works primarily on
philosophical topics in popular culture.
Some of her books are: Philosophy for Teens Volumes I and
II with Paul Thomson (2006, 2007), Medieval Philosophy
(2008), Black Market Truth, Book One of The Aristotle
Quest: A Dana McCarter Trilogy (2008), Critical Thinking
(2009), and Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (2013). She
also edited The Onion and Philosophy (2010), The Ultimate
Lost and Philosophy (2011), What Philosophy Can Tell You
about Your Lover (2012).
Do feel free to contact any of the above if you have an idea for an
article you would like to write, or if you have an article you have
already written which is ready for publication.
Or you can contact Geoffrey Klempner at firstname.lastname@example.org if you
think that you might like the chance to be an Editor yourself!
(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2013
II. 'CALL FOR PAPERS: WHAT'S WRONG WITH CHILDHOOD TODAY?' BY SHARON
It sucks to be a kid these days, or so my own kids tell me. I suppose
it has always has. Or has it? And does it have to? What might we be
Psychologists barrage us every day with new theories about how we
should be raising our children -- as though they have human happiness
all figured out. But wait a minute! Happiness is the purview of
philosophers, not psychologists, and statistics don't tell us a damn
thing about it.
How to live the good life is perhaps the greatest philosophical
question ever posed. The answer may be elusive, but one thing is
sure: it starts young, really young. What do kids need to be doing
(or not doing) in order to maximize their chance of living well, now
and into the future?
You know you have an idea. Now make an argument and find a famous
philosopher to back you up.
Philosophy Pathways Electronic Journal wants to publish your article.
Its length can be anywhere between 800--4000 words. The target length
is 2500 words.
Submit your article by email to me, Guest Editor Sharon Kaye,
Professor of Philosophy, John Carroll University, email@example.com.
Submissions are due by Monday, December 23, 2013
I will also consider submissions of philosophical fiction and
philosophical drawings relevant to the theme.
Philosophy Pathways is published by the International Society for
Philosophers http://www.isfp.co.uk/index.html and distributed by
email via the University of Sheffield http://www.shef.ac.uk list
server. Authors grant the publisher non-exclusive right to publish
the material by e-mail or on any of the Pathways web sites. Submitted
material remains the copyright of the author.
Philosophy Pathways is an open access journal, as defined by the
Budapest Open Access Initiative
John Carroll University
(c) Sharon Kaye 2013
III. STUDYPARTNERS.NET AND THE STUDYPARTNERS BLOG
StudyPartners.net 'a new (old) way to talk' was first announced in
June 2011 (Issue 163). Like many ideas that seemed too good to pass,
but difficult to put in practice, StudyPartners.net has been through
a number of more or less awkward transformations before reaching its
present, and I hope final state.
'It's all about your mind.' Cyberspace contains a bewildering range
of opportunities for people to meet up and talk, exchange jokes,
images and videos. But the one thing you need as a student struggling
with a subject seems to be missing: just one person -- there doesn't
need to be more -- who is studying the same subject as you are and
willing to share his or her thoughts with you. An old-fashioned study
If you look at the StudyPartners.net web site, under 'Profiles' you
will find a simple online card index system where students can say a
little about themselves and the kind of study partner they would
like, plus the URL of their Facebook or other social media web page.
There is also a search box where you can search for profiles for a
particular college subject. There are no email addresses, so no
worries about spamming. The only contact information on your Profile
card is already in the public domain.
So simple -- why hasn't anyone though of this before? Apparently not.
Your Facebook page may be up there but how is anyone going to find you
amongst the hundreds of millions of Facebook pages? Of course, there
are apps on Facebook, but nothing that connects together all the
different social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
At the time of writing the number of profiles is comparatively
modest, in the mere hundreds, but there is a good chance you will
find a compatible study partner. All the more if you register and add
your own profile. The original idea that this would be for students
with an interest in philosophy is still there. As the web links to
StudyPartners.net are from the Pathways to Philosophy web sites, many
of the Profiles will be students who have philosophy as one of their
interests, even if it is not the subject they are taking at college
The new addition to StudyPartners.net is the StudyPartners Blog. The
latest post is from Louise Rebecca Chapman, our 2013 University of
London 'star student' (see
http://www.philosophypathways.com/#results) who has written on the
topic, 'Small differences that can make a big difference to your
grades.' Sadly (for us!) Louise transferred to King's College London,
where she is having a wonderful time. We wish the best for her. You
can follow Lou's exploits on her YouTube page
If you have some study tips to share, especially as they relate to
the study of philosophy, or thoughts about what it is like to be a
student, why not write something for the StudyPartners Blog? Just
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do the rest.
(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2013
IV. PHILOSOPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a bonus feature and not strictly Pathways 'news', but as it's
the end of the year, I hope you will indulge me.
In Issue 178 of Philosophy Pathways there is a feature about my five
YouTube videos. I've since made a sixth, the longest to date (at
nearly 36 minutes) 'Metaphysics and ultimate reality':
The original title was, 'Metaphysics, alchemy, ultimate reality and
analytic philosophy', but I soon realized that you can't use the term
'Alchemy' on YouTube without being immediately branded as a brain dead
However, the videos have been put on hold while I pursue another
interest, which predates my interest in philosophy: creative
Here are some URLs:
Metaphysics of the photograph
On cameradreamer.net I have photographs going back to my first
exploits with the camera, over 40 years ago, together with more
recent work shot over the last 2 years.
Photography was my second love. The first was Chemistry (which I talk
about in my 'Metaphysics and ultimate reality' video). I started my
Philosophy BA course at Birkbeck College London in 1972 with the main
purpose of giving myself more time to do photography. So philosophy is
in fact my third love, albeit the one that has continued the longest.
From a photographic standpoint, my production has admittedly been
minuscule, although I would hate to be described as a dilettante.
Two notable philosophers have expressed a strong interest in
photography. Derek Parfit is a Fellow of All Souls, Oxford and the
author of Reasons and Persons (OUP 1984) and On What Matters Vols I
and II (OUP 2011). He also likes to take architectural photographs of
Oxford and Venice, and has a couple of books of architectural
photographs coming out soon. Nigel Warburton has written a number of
popular books on philosophy including Philosophy: The Basics
(Routledge, 5th Edition 2012) which is possibly his best known. He
has also written on photography. Nigel gave a paper on the Philosophy
of Photography at Sheffield University a while back where he talked
about the photographs of Bill Brandt and the New York photographer
I am interested in the theory of photography, such as it is, but more
in the practice of taking photographs, which I regard as not so much
as an art form but rather a way of doing philosophy. As I argue in
'Metaphysics of the Photograph', Photography teaches us that all
seeing is 'seeing as'. Nothing is 'given'. Everything that we 'see',
everything that is 'out there', is a meaning that we ourselves have
constructed. The photograph makes us see this in the most vivid way,
by forcing familiar things into new, previously unthought of
I would like to hear from Pathways readers, or Pathways students, who
have an interest in creative photography. Possibly with a view to
having a page of links to photography web sites. I know of one
student who enrolled recently, Nilo Merino Recalde who has done some
excellent work in photography. See his web site http://nilomr.com. I
am sure there must be more. Why don't you write to me?
(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2013
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