Tuesday, July 19, 2011

High Phi

I won't be blogging much, if at all, for the next few days because I'll be involved in the Epic Questions NEH Summer Institute for High School Teachers. My job is to teach high school teachers ethics so that they can then teach it to their students, and to help these teachers design courses and assignments. It's part of Mitch Green's "High Phi" project to get philosophy into high schools. It all seems very worthwhile, and I think it will be fun, but I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I guess I'll find out.


  1. I've been meaning to comment on all of your posts on Philosopher's Dog, but you keep pouring them out faster than I can think (certainly faster than I can write) -- and now it may be too late, so I'll just give a couple of related tips in stead.

    First. Raimond Gaita has written a memory of his father called Romulus, My Father. If you haven't read it, this book is also very recommendable. On the surface it isn't a philosophy book at all, but everything in it is informed by Gaita's philosophical sensitivity. And in fact, some parts of The Phil.Dog (among them the one about not being able to shoot rabbits), are taken from from the much richer narrative of this memory.

    I also note that Cora Diamond will appear on PhilosophyTalk on August the 7th to discuss whether nothing is sacred anymore. Sounds interesting.

    By the way, good luck.

  2. Thanks, vh. I have at least one more Gaita post lined up (on human rights), so it's not too late yet. I haven't read Romulus, My Father (I watched the movie instead, but it can't be any substitute), so I will have to do that. And I didn't know Cora Diamond was going to be on PhilosophyTalk, so I'll definitely look out for that.

  3. Ditto what vh said about keeping up with your Gaita posts. (I'm preparing for a fast and furious trip out of town and teaching summer school, too...)

    Good luck with the "High Phi" workshop. It does sound worthwhile, and probably help you with your own teaching, too!

  4. Thanks, Matt. I hope you have a good trip.

    I expect I will learn something from the workshop--maybe a lot. If it seems of general interest I'll share it on here.