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!)
Over the next couple of days I’ll be making some system changes to the site. You’ll notice that the look has already changed to accommodate some forthcoming features. If you hate/love the look, or experience any hiccups, let me know in the comments or by e-mail.
[Update] Thanks to those who have emailed me comments! Having beta testers is a great aid. I will be adding back the recent comments function so that readers can easily track ongoing converstations. I’ve also added the papers blog, a link to which can be found to the right. If you are interested in adding papers contact me for directions. I’ve also added a number of new ways to syndicate the blog. I think I’ve worked out all the bugs in the theme but let me know if you get errors or find it hard to read.
I’d like to welcome our latest contributor Tim Pawl. Tim is currently a fourth year graduate student in philosophy at Saint Louis University, studying with Eleonore Stump.
Today is Prosblogion's second anniversary. The blog started with Jeremy Pierce following up on Brian Weatherson's suggestion that the philosophy blogosphere needed more topical blogs. A month later Prosblogion went live with a mix of faculty and graduate student contributors. Since that time we have gained a few new contributors and lost a couple. Two contributors have moved from being students to faculty and three of us have moved on to other graduate programs. In that same time a few of our commenters and interlocutors have made the same types of transitions.
While the frequency of posting at Prosblogion has never been great, the quality of the posts has been generally good. Collectively we have generated 231 posts, garnered 1,598 comments, and warranted 50 TrackBacks. Over the last two years our readership has continued to grow. In the last year we have had 165,933 visitors and 296,133 individual page loads. Reading through the logs tells me that we have some of the brightest in our field as occasional lurkers. While we have plenty of lurkers, we've also attracted a fantastic group of regular commenters who make posting here a pleasant and rewarding experience.
The last year has seen a lot of growth in the philosophy blogosphere. It has also been fun to watch the number of individual blogs, especially those by graduate students, flourish. The numbers have grown to a level such that I can no longer follow them all. Sadly there are still too few topical group blogs; no metaphysics, history, philosophy of science. Happily the group blogs that do exist have been remarkably stable and productive. I think we've carved out a nice piece of the blogosphere for ourselves and shown that a philosophy of religion blog can persist/endure.
Looking forward there are a few things I'd like to see on this site in the future. Call it my wish list. I'd still like to attract more senior philosophers to contribute to the site, even if only as guests. I'd like to add contributors from other religious traditions and friendly atheists/agnostics. (Interested parties should contact me.) Finally, I'd like to squeeze at least one post out of Tom because everything he writes is fantastic. Readers with wishes or suggestions are welcome to leave them in the comments section.
Thanks to all of my fellow contributors, commenters, and readers, for making Prosblogion a place that is a pleasure to support and contribute to.
I’d like to welcome Prosblogion’s latest contributor Bill Vallicella. Bill is a former Associate Professor at the University of Dayton, but he is perhaps better known for striking out on his own as an independent philosopher. Bill has published in most journals one would wish to see their work in. A small sample of past publications that might be of particular interest to Prosblogion readers include:
- “Incarnation and Identity,” Philo, vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring-Summer 2002), pp. 84-93.
- “The Creation-Conservation Dilemma and Presentist Four-Dimensionalism,” Religious Studies 38 (June 2002), pp. 187-200.
- “From Facts to God: An Onto-Cosmological Argument,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, vol. 48, no. 3 (December 2000), pp. 157-181.
- “Does the Cosmological Argument Depend on the Ontological?” Faith and Philosophy, vol. 17, no. 4 (October 2000, Special Issue on Kant’s Philosophy of Religion), pp. 441-458.
- “God, Causation, and Occasionalism,” Religious Studies 35 (1999), pp. 3-18.
- “Could a Classical Theist be a Physicalist?” Faith and Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 2 (April 1998), pp. 160-180.
- “Has the Ontological Argument Been Refuted?” Religious Studies 29 (1993), pp. 97-110.
- “Divine Simplicity: A New Defense,” Faith and Philosophy, vol. 9, no. 4 (October 1992), pp. 508-525.
Readers who have somehow missed it may want to visit Bill’s personal blog. I’ve found his thoughts on being an independent philosopher fascinating and personally challenging. Bill has certainly evidenced that being outside the academic walls needn’t slow down ones research projects or publication opportunities. If anything he seems more productive than many tenured philosophers I’ve had the opportunity to meet.
I'd like to welcome Prosblogion's latest contributor Michael Almeida. Mike's name should be familiar to regular readers from his substantial past commenting here. Mike is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His published work is in ethics, metaethics, modal logic, and philosophy of religion. Perhaps we'll all get lucky and Mike will treat us to a glimpse of the bevy of work he has forthcoming in publication.