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Thursday, March 10, 2005


What is this site?

This is a group blog for Kiwi philosophers and students. Others are most welcome to join the discussion in comments, of course! If you're new to this stuff, the best way to get an idea of what philosophy group blogs are all about is to see them in action. Dave Chalmers has compiled a list of philosophical weblogs, for your browsing convenience.

Info for New Zealanders...

Why should I blog?

If you follow some of the links, you'll no doubt develop your own ideas about what is (and isn't) worthwhile about philosophy blogging. (It's also something I've written a bit about, here.)

One major purpose of this site is to facilitate communication between philosophers. I assume I don't need to convince my target audience of the value of philosophical banter! Individual aims may vary: some might seek feedback on a new idea, others might prefer to explore or explicate old ones, while others yet might want to discuss a 'meta' issue relating to the teaching of philosophy, and so forth.

How does it work?

If you're a New Zealand philosopher or philosophy student, and would like to contribute to this blog, simply email me (r.chappell@gmail.com) and I'll add you to the team. Once you're registered with Blogger.com, you can start posting whenever (and whatever) you like. It's entirely free, and very simple to use.

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  • don't follow this internet palaver very well - and did not follow the instructions precisely - ended up making some thing called a blog under my name and posting a question along the following lines

    Who is involved in this posting business? Forward I know but then I don't know how these things work and am some what the Luddite. Also my hod sent the relevant details along to me so this is at least an initial stab at a broader kind of collegiality, which requires colleges - and it seems odd to have unknown colleges.

    Tahua, PhD, Auckland University Philosophy Department - blah blah...

    now i want to know how to keep track of this 'blog' in addition to anwering the question above for 'it' i suppose

    1/27/2005 07:21:00 PM  

  • Hi Tahua,

    I'll add a list of contributors to the sidebar, to make that clearer. You're the first to respond, but hopefully several others will join in (and introduce themselves) over the next few days!

    Creating your own individual blog is harmless enough (I've one of my own, here). It just means that when you log in to www.blogger.com you'll have the option to post to either this blog or your own one - simply click on the appropriate name.

    The easiest way to keep track of this blog is probably to bookmark the main page in your browser's "favourites" list (or else memorise the URL), and just visit the site every now and then.

    Alternatively, you could use an RSS aggregator like Bloglines which allows you to 'subscribe' to blogs and be notified automatically of any new posts. (But this is probably only worth it for those who want to keep track of a large number of different blogs.)

    1/27/2005 08:11:00 PM  

  • Hi Richard (and Tahua),
    like Tahua I'm something of a luddite, but having a NZ philosophy blogsite sounds good to me. Good luck with it.

    Posted by Graham Macdonald

    2/02/2005 05:33:00 PM  

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