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Logical Thinking


Supervisor

Patrick Girard

Discipline

Philosophy

Project code: ART026

I’m writing a book called Logical Thinking targeted at the general public. In the same way that scientists like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking wrote popular science books, I want to write a similarly popular logic book. My model is A brief history of time, by Stephen Hawking. I want to introduce the general public to the main historical moments and results of western logic. I want to show how the received tradition of centuries of research and logic is relevant in everyone’s life.

Scholar’s Work

The scholar will first need to get up to speed with the project by reading the manuscript. They will then help with background research, proof-reading, editing and all kinds of research that surrounds such an ambitious project. I expect the scholar to provide a comprehensive and annotated bibliography for the book. The scholar will also be encouraged to suggest references and topics that have been left out of the book so far. In particular, the scholar will look for references in the non-western traditions in logic, and will identify figures from minority groups that have done important contributions.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

Some background in logic or critical thinking and comfort with mathematics and general science. Strong mastery of the English language will also be essential.

Applicants should address these required skills in their application and indicate if they have been in touch with the proposed supervisor.

Habermas and Politics


Supervisor

Dr Matheson Russell

Discipline

Philosophy

Project code: ART027

Jürgen Habermas has come to be viewed as the unofficial philosopher laureate of the European Union. But why have his contributions to contemporary political theory commanded such attention? Habermas and Politics: A Critical Introduction brings to life the ideas of a unique thinker, an heir to the Enlightenment legacy, a champion of reason and democracy, a social theorist of unusual sophistication and breadth, and an astute commentator on contemporary politics. The reader is guided through the sociological and philosophical perspectives that are the essential background to Habermas’s political theory, and is shown how the analysis of power runs through the German thinker’s work like a golden thread.

This monograph is under contract with Edinburgh University Press and is due to be delivered in early 2018.

Scholar’s Work

The Summer Scholar will assist with a number of vital tasks in the final stages of preparation of the manuscript, Habermas and Politics: A Critical Introduction. These include:

1.    Research in the primary and secondary literature to supplement and enrich the draft content of the monograph. Notes and references on specified topics to be supplied to the supervisor.

2.    Reading of draft chapters to provide feedback to the supervisor.

3.    Checking references and quotations, and compiling bibliography.

4.    Preliminary work on an index for the publication.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

1.    Achieving a B+ or higher in Phil 225/345, ‘Power, Critique and Emancipation’, or similar course.

2.    Competence in bibliographic searching and the use of research tools such as Google Scholar, PhilPapers, Philosopher’s Index.

3.    Ability to organise workflow and work to deadlines.

4.    Excellent attention to detail and ability to proofread.

Applicants should address these required skills in their application and indicate if they have been in touch with the proposed supervisor.