Blogging and outreach
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.
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.
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 arsenal here, and I have interviewed several philosophers who write speculative fiction, for instance Eric Schwitzgebel and R. Scott Bakker.
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).
The Cobbler, a brisk piece that imitates a cobbler at work, anonymous from the Folger Manuscript
Fantasia (Ness 81), an elegant piece by Francesco da Milano.
Passacaglia, by G.A. Doni, a beautiful, meditative early Baroque piece by an obscure composer, who was apparently better known at the time as an instrument maker.