Monday, January 7, 2019
I saw that my Introduction to Philosophy class is full. Meanwhile my Early Modern Philosophy class still has lots of empty seats. If anyone is looking to take a philosophy class with me this semester that is not already signed in the remaining choice is Early Modern Philosophy. Since there are fewer students in that class it will be more like a seminar than a lecture class so you may enjoy that too. I did notice one student is signed into both.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Since we are not meeting for finals this week will be a time for you to email me all remaining work for the semester as planned anyway. I am anxious for some people who have not contacted me since the earthquake and I worry that if they lost power or internet they may not be even aware of how things stand. They would not have been able to access Blackboard or received my emails in that case. If anyone has stopped by the CERC Building in Eagle River I do not even know if anyone is there. I have been getting emails from staff but I do not know where they are working. I have driven by the building several times and only see dumpsters and men working in the building to clean it up. Suspense dates are no problem other than the main issue of the end of the semester and date that grades must be in which has not changed. Some students that have been in touch lost houses or apartments. But those are students that have figured out some other way to keep in touch. If anyone needs more time than the end of this week please get in touch. I think there should be no problem using an Incomplete for people affected who need it but that has to be initiated by student request.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Since the earthquake and the damage to the CERC classes for my courses will be on line through Blackboard. There were only a few sessions left and I have videos that fulfill those posted on Blackboard and emailed to the classes. So all the rest of the requirements should be emailed to me as originally planned anyway. I hope everyone is okay. Please keep in touch.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Since UAA is closed because of the earthquake in lieu of class you can check the videos from the two sessions of my Introduction to Philosophy course that met this week. Here is the note from the Monday class Today we discussed William James and Pragmatism. The video is posted here. The quiz question was how does the pragmatist theory of truth - that truth evolves - fit with how you think of truth? and here is the note from Wednesday class: we discussed John Dewey and education. The video is posted here. The quiz question was who do you think influenced our democracy more, the Greeks or the Romans?
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Today we discussed Contemporary Monotheism as a way to introduce many of those involved in current discourse on the topic. The video is posted here. The quiz question was what do you think of my isdentifying atheism as a religion?