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The Article-A-Day Challenge

A recommendation/challenge has emerged from Dr Olivia Rissland on Twitter to read one academic article a day and keep a record of it

This is so far above my current density for reading academic articles that it is intimidating as hell, and therefore it’s a very good idea for me to try it. The beginning of a new month seems like a good time to start this. The initial rules shall be:

  • It doesn’t have to be in my field, though most of them will be,
  • Chapters from academic textbooks count as ‘articles’,
  • Re-reads of materials I want to refamilarize myself with are are permitted, but I can’t count the same paper twice in the challenge itself,
  • I don’t have to write a proper review of them, just the title and an optional line on the topic,
  • Articles to be put into RefWorks as I go.

I will initially try to do this as a daily practice, but it might become undoable at weekends. I’ll experiment and see. If so, possibly I can double up on a couple of weekdays to balance it out. If I manage to read (the equivalent of) an article daily, I will have read 184 articles by the end of the year, which seems like a good goal. But the initial goal is 31 articles by 1st August; so expect a post on the 1st August on how I got on.

Today’s article: Goldberg, S. (2013) Epistemic dependence in testimonial belief, in the classroom and beyond. Journal of Philosophy of Education. 47(2) pp.168-186. Criticises the Cartesian conception of intellectual autonomy, arguing that not only children but adults remain epistemically dependent on others throughout their lives.


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