I'll kick us off:
- Can you discuss the aphorisms at the beginning of America the Philosophical: why did you choose them, what is their significance for your thesis that America is a far more philosophically-inclined civilization than is generally realized? (Especially James's statememt about there being no "rules of the game," and Rorty's that philosophers' definitions of philosophy tend to be exclusive.)
- Why do you prefer Isocrates to Socrates? Were they both "sophists" in your opinion? Would that be a bad thing?
- What do you think of the Colin McGinn sexual harassment scandal? What does it say about the status of women in philosophy and in academia generally?
- Who besides Isocrates and Richard Rorty are your personal favorite philosophers? Why, briefly?
- How did you get to be "Critic-at-large" at the Chronicle of Higher Education? What do you like most and least about that job?
- You recently wrote a feature in the Chronicle about the rise of Chinese philosophy in America. Can you talk about that? Is there any kind of parallel to the popularity of American philosophy in China in the 1920s & '30s?
- What do you see as the future of higher education? Will the online alternative (MOOCs etc.) be the death-knell of the traditional university as we've known it?
ANNOUNCEMENTS. (My digital post-it is acting up again...) M 4/T 5 - HEGEL, SCHOPENHAUER (LH); STERN (PB); Common-sense, Skinner, Maslow, Coles... (AP 182-197). WE'LL GRADE EXAM #2 IN CLASS.