Classes begin May 11. To register, contact Dawn McCormack: dawn.mccormack
Syllabus MALA 6030, Summer 2016
- attendance and participation, which we'll track on a "scorecard"* and reward with "runs" whose final tally will contribute to a final grade. (*to be explained in class)
- short weekly quizzes, worth one base per correct answer (four bases = 1 run)
- final exam on our last scheduled class date based on the quizzes, worth twenty runs
- short (250+ word) weekly essays posted to the class blogsite worth a run each
- a longer (2.500+) final report posted to the class blogsite in two installments, first due before class in Week 12, second due-date tba... worth up to twenty runs... link to your first installment and to comments
- comments on classmates' final reports
- Arthur Herman, The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization (CL)
- Frederic Gros, A Philosophy of Walking (PW)
"Walking is a matter not just of truth, but of reality. To walk is to experience the real. Not reality as pure physical exteriority... but reality as what holds good: the principle of solidity, of resistance. When you walk you prove it with every step: the earth holds good."
Thursday, May 5, 2016
I'm a lifelong traveler. Even as a little kid, I was actually working out that it would be cheaper to go to boarding school in England than just to the best school down the road from my parents' house in California... almost inevitably, I became a travel writer so my job and my joy could become one.... [But] one of the first things you learn when you travel is that nowhere is magical unless you can bring the right eyes to it. You take an angry man to the Himalayas, he just starts complaining about the food. And I found that the best way that I could develop more attentive and more appreciative eyes was, oddly, by going nowhere, just by sitting still.
I invite you all to hit "comment" and reply with your own introductions, and (bearing in mind that this is an open site) your answers to two basic questions: Who are you? Why are you here? (in this course, on this campus, in this state, on this planet...)
Please read your classmates' intros and post your own, if you wish.
I'm Dr. Oliver, aka (despite my best efforts to discourage it) "Dr. Phil." I live in Nashville with my wife, Younger Daughter, a dog (Angel) and a cat (Zeus). Older Daughter is a film student in another state.
My office is in James Union Building 300, summer hours by appointment... (continues)
Enough about me. Please tell us about yourself.. and if you have any predisposition to favor either Plato or Aristotle. I confess a bias for the Stagirite, myself, insofar as we can assimilate his thought and method to naturalistic empiricism and distinguish it from Plato's mystic rationalism. Which side are you on? Or are you, wisely no doubt, suspending judgment?