25 November 2014

Holiday Post


and completely unrelated from the same blog:


20 November 2014

Shoni Rancher: "Kierkegaard and Nietzsche: Tragicomedy, the Double Demands of Ethics, and Ethical Communication"

meant to post this earlier:


“Kierkegaard and Nietzsche: Tragicomedy, the Double Demands of Ethics, and Ethical Communication”

Thursday, November 20th

1:00 pm

LT – 1107

16 November 2014

Honneth workshop

I can't get this formatted right, so here's a picture:

here's some text, too, in case someone needs to search for it.

A Workshop on Axel Honneth's Freedom's Right
Friday, November 21, 2014

location: UUW 325
9.30-10: coffee
10-10.15: welcome by Max
10.15-11.15: Mattias Iser on Freedom's Right Part I: Historical Backgrounds
11.15-12.15: Fred Neuhouser on Freedom's Right Part II: The Possibility of Freedom

location: UUW 324
12.15-1.30: lunch
1.30-2.30: Danielle Petherbridge on Freedom's Right Part III: The 'We' of Interpersonal Relationships
2.30-3.30: Timo J├╝tten on Freedom's Right Part III, 6.2: The 'We' of the Market Economy
3.30-3.45: coffee
3.45-4.45: Christopher Zurn on Freedom's Right Part III, 6.3: The 'We' of Democratic Will Formation
4.45-5.30: closing roundtable discussion

location: Doubletree Hotel
5.30-7.00: reception
7.00-?: dinner

how to fail philosophy exams

just in case someone wants to know:


(this is true:

.....All candidates would have done better if they had concentrated on clearly explaining simple points which they did understand, and which were under their command, rather than gesturing vaguely at more complex or sophisticated condiderations which they did notunderstand, and which were not under their command.

and the stuff about guessing the question.)

(h/t Lisa)

11 November 2014

SPEL Workshop: Writing the Prospectus

Professional Development Workshop

Writing a Prospectus

this THU (13 Nov)
LT 1506

mandatory for 1st/2nd year SPEL students; optional for others

05 November 2014

why is this a category?

does there really need to be tragic drama for children?

(and if there does, shouldn't Medea be ranked higher?)

03 November 2014

some statistics

So, I was curious about something about implicit bias, so I thought I'd look at how male and female students do on the final exams of a big lecture class.

That turned out not to be very interesting: women do slightly (about 1.4%) better, at least according to my very flawed statistics. (Not that that says very much about implicit bias, but whatever.)

The possibly interesting thing is that I've had either two male or two female TA's each of the last few times that I've taught the course, and this might seem to correlate with the gender breakdown in enrolled students:
two male TA's: 74% men, 26% women
two female TA's: 58% men, 42% women