Other Stuff

Presentations, roundtable discussion, radio

Watch parts 1, God and Science and 2, God and the Brain for a documentary on science and religion from Lazarus, Dutch Evangelical Broadcasting. Watch here for a roundtable discussion of Alan Torrance, Kevin Hector and me on experimental philosophy of religion.

Here is a presentation on the argument from miracles, which found its way as chapter 8 of A natural history of natural theology.

A radio interview (in Dutch) on science and faith at Evangelische omroep

What can philosophers do?

What can do you with a philosophy degree, outside of academia? I have a tumblr blog, Doing Things with Philosophy.

My interviews with philosophers who work outside of academia have appeared originally on the blog NewApps (parts 1, 2 and 3), and have since appeared in short form in The Philosophers' Magazine. They have also been covered in The Atlantic Monthly, and have been translated in Chinese in the online newspaper The Paper.

Blogging and outreach

I regularly write or have written for the following philosophy blogs: NewAPPs (no longer an active author since 2015), Prosblogion, The Philosophers' Cocoon, and Philosophical Percolations.

I am co-organizer (with Marcus Arvan) of the Philosophers' Cocoon job market mentoring project, which is aimed at providing support for philosophy job candidates who face special challenges, or who do not have mentoring support.

On the Cocoon, I have (co)organized several series to help to diversify the profession and offer resources to philosophers who would otherwise not have access to them. These include:

Together with Eleonore Stump, I petitioned the American Philosophical Association for a code of conduct for its members (see petition here). The APA has heard our petition and has created the code of conduct.

One of my current interests is how philosophers can increase their philosophical scope and elicit a wider readership by using fiction (in fact, using fiction to convey philosophical ideas is a time-honored tradition, with authors like Iris Murdoch, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir). I have written about the need to include fiction in our philosophical toolkit here, and I have interviewed several philosophers who write speculative fiction, for instance Eric Schwitzgebel and R. Scott Bakker. An interview with me about this topic for the APA can be read here.

Renaissance Lute

I play the Renaissance lute, an instrument that was popular from roughly 1500 to 1620. It has 8 courses (which is 7 double strings and 1 single string, the chanterelle). The instrument was made in 1996 by Sandi Harris and Stephen Barber, an excellent lute maker husband-and-wife team. The tuning is G major.

Here are three pieces played by me (if you click, you will get flv files in Google Drive. No login or Google account is required to play them).

Drawings for Paper for iPad

Less messy than real drawings, I make the occasional doodle on Paper for iPad. Follow this link to see some sporadic drawings.