Predictable Blogging Drought Perhaps Coming to an End

Submitted by Jonathan on Sat, 03/16/2019 - 21:25

I started teaching full time in the fall of 2017, and not much blogging has happened since then. This is predictable.

As you have no doubt heard, the first two to four years of one's professorial professional career are filled with developing and refining courses. I've been teaching two courses (sometimes in multiple sections) every semester: Introduction to Philosophy (a sophomore-level course) and Ethics (a senior-level course). In addition, I've been teaching one other course each semester; so far these have been Contemporary Philosophy, Logic, and Philosophy of Science. Of those, I've only taught Logic more than once (actually, currently teaching it for the second time). Next semester I will teach Theory of Knowledge for the first time. 

The point is that there is a lot of development still going on. The courses that I have been teaching every semester, Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics, are still very much in development. I've made significant changes to assignments and readings almost every semester, and plan to make more changes for next year. Of course, the courses that I have taught once or twice continue to need development. This takes up a good bit of my time these days, which leaves not much time for blogging, or, as I prefer to call it, spending time in my Ideas Test Kitchen.

I did get to present a paper at the South Carolina Society for Philosophy conference that happened at USC here in Columbia a week ago. That paper, "Should You Believe Your Teachers?", was a development of a couple ideas cooked up in this test kitchen. So I suppose it has served a positive purpose.

Well, maybe this summer I'll get around to some more blogging. Right now I have some other projects to work on. One is a talk on "Sacred and Secular Virtue" for the Areopagus lecture series at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral here in Columbia (more info here) next Sunday evening (March 24). That will be my first "public engagement" talk; that is, a talk aimed at a general audience rather than professional philosophers. Unless you count all my teaching, of course. Anyway, I'm looking forward to it.

Well, I'd better go start prepping for that.