I invite you all to click on "comment" below, and reply with your own introductions. Tell us who you are, why you're here, and anything else you'd care to share (bearing in mind that this is an open site). Also please include your section number (#8 for the 9:40 class, #12 for 1 pm, or #H1 for 2:40).
I'm Dr. James Philip (Phil) Oliver ("jpo"), inevitably aka (despite my best efforts to discourage it) "Dr. Phil." I live in Nashville with my wife, younger daughter (a High School student), two dogs (Angel and Lilli), and a cat named Zeus. Older Daughter is in college a couple hundred miles away.
My office is 300 James Union Building.. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15-12:45 & by appointment. On nice days, office hours may be outside. (If so, there will be a note on the door.) I answer emails during office hours, but not on weekends. Surest way to get a quick response: call or come in during office hours.
My Ph.D. is from Vanderbilt. I'm originally from Missouri, near St. Louis. I was indoctrinated as a Cardinals fan in early childhood, so I understand something about religious zeal. My undergrad degree is from Mizzou, in Columbia MO. (I wish my schools weren't in the SEC-I don't approve of major collegiate sports culture or of violence in football, as I'm sure to tell you again.)
I'm a peripatetic, and will encourage you all to join me in that philosophical lifestyle as often as possible during discussion time. (If you're not sure what peripatetic means, scan the right sidebar. Or ask me. Or look it up.)
I post my thoughts regularly to my blogs Up@dawn and Delight Springs, among others, and toTwitter. Follow me if you want to. But of course, as Brian Cohen said, you don't have to follow anyone. (Extra credit if you get that reference... and real extra credit if you realize that my "extra credit" is usually rhetorical.)
Enough about me. Who are you? (Where are you from, where have you been, what do you like, who do you want to become,...?) Why are you here? (On Earth, in Tennessee, at MTSU, in philosophy class)? Hit "comments" below and post your introduction, then read your classmates'... and bear in mind that this is an open site. The world can read it. (The world's probably busy with other stuff, of course.) Please include your section number (#8 for the 9:40 class, #12 for 1 pm, or #H1 for 2:40).