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Hi, my name is Harm, a strange-sounding name for English-speaking people, but it will have to do. I'm a 50 y.o., upper middle class, cis/he/hetero, happily married, white father of one, doing a PhD on at Utrecht University. I'm self-employed as a private philosophical tutor (some would say 'counselor', but I don't give counsel), teacher, and writer. I'm far left politically. I sing the praises of good wine, high art, and beautiful women. I sin boldly. Nice to meet you.

@harmvandergaag Hello Harm, nice to meet you! Nice to see philosophically minded people here. I did a PhD in psychology, but spent a lot of time reading philosophy, particularly phenomenology (not Hegel's, but Husserl and his followers).

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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