Why a Reality TV Show Is Seeking Professors

USA“A few weeks back, several bloggers commented on reports that Wife Swap, an ABC reality show in which the wives of two families are switched for a week, was seeking philosophers. Kieran Healy wondered which of two ways the show might go: ‘airy-fairy life of the mind vs huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ or a contrast of philosophical beliefs, such as Modal Realists vs Phenomenologists (‘I thought you said all the beer was in the effing fridge’); Rawlsians vs Libertarians; or John Emerson goes to live with John Hawthorne.’ ABC was quiet at the time the rumors appeared, but the network now confirms that it is looking for philosophers – and will pay $20,000 to those selected …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 15 May]

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