Over the weekend Prosblogion passed the six year marker. This year we served up well over 850,000 page views to over 375,000 visitors, and we climbed to over 10,000 comments. (Hmm I wonder which philosophy journals get that many page views?) Thanks to all the contributors for their efforts in making Prosblogion such a fantastic site by putting up quality content week after week. Thanks too to all of our commenters, and lurkers, for playing along.
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I'd like to welcome Prosblogion's latest contributor Nick Trakakis. Nick is currently a lecturer in Philosophy and Religion at Monash University and Deakin University. Reader's may want to check out his most recent book, The End of Philosophy of Religion. You can learn more about Nick's work by checking out his personal web site.
Please join me in welcoming Nick to the site.
Typically in writing these posts I recount some thrilling statistics about the blog's performance over the last year, but five years seems like a rather significant milestone for a blog. To change things up I want to recognize some fantastic achievements on the part of Prosblogion's contributors. Perhaps most significantly, five of our contributors landed or started their first tenure-track jobs this year.
- Trent Dougherty will start at Baylor University in the Fall of 2009
- Clayton Littlejohn will start at the University of Texas, San Antonio in the Fall of 2009
- Robert Gressis started at California State University, Northridge in the Fall of 2008
- Tim Pawl started at the University of St. Thomas in the Fall of 2008
- Joshua Thurow started at Mount Marty College in the Fall of 2008
In addition to these fresh starts, Kevin Timpe has accepted an associate professor position at Northwest Nazarene University where he will start in the Fall of 2009. Five years ago some people worried that blogging might hurt an individuals chances on the job market. So much for that worry!
I'd like to welcome Prosblogion's latest contributor Kevin Corcoran. Kevin is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College. Reader's may want to check out his most recent book, Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul. You can also check out the preface to his work in progress, Incurably Human: The Ache and Hope of Life on Earth.
Please join me in welcoming Kevin to the site.
Congratulations to Jeremy and Samantha Pierce one the birth of their fourth child, Jewel Elisabeth Pierce. She was born at 10:36 pm on August 18, 2008, weighing in at 6 lbs. 9 oz. Jeremy reports that mommy and baby are both doing fine.
Though it went uncommented on at the time, last week Prosblogion passed the four year marker. Thanks to all the contributors and commenters who continue to make this site a success. Thanks especially to Jeremy Pierce for originally suggested the idea for the site. Readers can look forward to new developments on the site, including fresh voices as we add new contributors in the coming months. As always, advanced graduate students and professional philosophers interested in contributing to Prosblogion should contact me directly.
One new development is the advent of the Prosblogion reading group. A number of contributors have gotten together to read Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley's new book Knowledge of God, part of Blackwell's Great Debates in Philosophy series. You can expect the first post, on the first half of chapter one, beginning June 30th. Our plan is to put up fresh posts on the book every Monday thereafter. For those of you that would like to read along, you can help out funding this place by purchasing the book from Amazon.
Here's to another year of thoughtful and engaging posts and discussions!
I'd like to welcome Prosblogion's latest contributor Clayton Littlejohn. Some of you will know of Clayton from his comments here or from his personal blog Think Tonk. Currently Clayton is a lecturer in the philosophy department at Southern Methodist University. Most of his current research concerns the justification of belief and action and assorted issues in the philosophy of mind.
Please join me in welcoming Clayton to the site.
It's time once again to celebrate this site's entry into the blogoshpere. I suspect that being three makes us old as blogs go. In the past three years we've logged 387 posts, which have garnered 3062 comments. Several of those posts have even led to published papers. Traffic to the site continues to climb. This year the site has averaged over 850 visits per day for a total of over 300,000 visits.
Thanks to all of my fellow contributors and our fabulous commenters for making Prosblogion such an excellent site to visit and contribute to. I look forward to another year of thoughtful and engaging posts and discussions.
I'd like to welcome Prosblogion's latest contributor Alexander Pruss. Alex is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, but has unofficially accepted an appointment to join the philosophy faculty at Baylor University. Reader's may want to check out his excellent new book The Principle of Sufficient Reason: A Reassessment, or his numerous publications in Faith Philosophy, Religious Studies, and the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.
Please join me in welcoming Alex to the site.
Over the weekend it was necessary for me to install some updates for MovableType that fix a number of vulnerabilities in the previous version. While the update plugs some security issues, I spent a fair amount of time fixing things that were broken with the update. (Thanks to Jeremy for pointing out many of the new errors.) Contributors will notice a couple of changes and new features on the backend, but readers are likely to notice two things:
- Comments are open again, which means you should comment on Tim's latest post.
- The security codes for commenting are likely gone for good. (Yeah!)