Friday, January 08, 2010

Anticipating Spring, 2010 Seminars

My classes for the upcoming semester are as follows (currently, all seminars are full):

1. Art and Philosophy
2. Art and Philosophy (Honors)
3. The Nature of Human Nature (Honors)
4. Constructing Reality (Honors/Philosophy cross-list)
5. Private jazz piano

Eager students might begin to review the document listed under DKJ's MCLA Handouts. I'll be offering three honors sections next semester: Constructing Reality (a 300-level seminar; some familiarity with and, especially, lots of enthusiasm for philosophical analysis required) an honors section of Art and Philosophy and The Nature of Human Nature (both 100-level, but equally rigorous and challenging). Student blogs, with some new requirements designed to improve inter-student communication and facilitate responsible, substantive blogging, will be one optional component of each seminar. In addition, all prospective honors students -- indeed all good students -- should take a close look at Matt Silliman's brief essay from T-12 Online, Volume 16.1 What Makes Honors Students Honorable, where he offers a set of ideal (since never fully realized) intellectual virtues to which we all ought to aspire.

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