We (Elisa, Amod and I) thought it might be nice to occasionally ask our contributors and readers to share what they’ve been thinking about lately, whether research-related, for conferences, teaching, blogging, organizational or administrative projects, or merely musings on subjects that interest you.
I’ll get the ball rolling myself, but first let me sneak in a happy announcement. One blog member who has been a bit silent lately has a good reason, and has some great recent news: Ethan Mills just accepted a tenure-track job offer from the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga! Aside from sharing our recent work, let’s all give Ethan a virtual handshake (or high five)!!!
Let me also add that we’d love to hear from readers who aren’t official contributors about what you’ve been up to or your interests. This would be a nice way to let our community get to know you a bit.
Personally, I recently finished a paper on Vātsyāyana’s formative influence on early Nyāya for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook for Indian Philosophy (ed. Jonardon Ganeri). In it, I try to illustrate the way in which Vātsyāyana frames cognition as fundamentally important because of its action-guiding role, and I try to use this theme to illustrate the cohesion between a number of his philosophical commitments. I’ve also just begun what is probably my busiest teaching semester so far. I’m teaching a number of new courses, including a team-taught seminar, Wisdom Literature (with a colleague in English) and an honors colloquium on Comedy and Philosophy (this week’s topic: humor and bad taste). Given my teaching workload and other pressing responsibilities, I’ve given myself a self-imposed moratorium on new projects for a few months. Hopefully, I can also chip away at the small mountain of books-to-be-read that I’ve been building.
What is everybody else up to?