The unusual busyness began when I found out I was going to be team-teaching a course on poverty on top of my usual teaching load. I have neither taught nor studied poverty before, nor team-taught anything, so this was an interesting experience and a lot of work. (In case you're curious I taught mostly material from Martha Nussbaum's Creating Capabilities, some material from John Iceland's Poverty in America, and selections on distributive justice from Solomon and Murphy's What is Justice?. I also tried out a game based on Rawls called "Assume the Position." I will do things differently next time, but it went pretty well.)
Then there was the job search, which ended with our hiring Reshef Agam-Segal. I am amazed at our good fortune. I also found out that Reshef and I will be moving to the English Department, which is to have a new major into which Philosophy is to be integrated (in ways still to be determined). This is involving some interesting encounters with what I imagine someone has called "English Department Philosophy" and could lead to something good. Watch this space.
I also applied for a Chair at VMI (didn't get it), for the Stakes of Speech seminar (didn't get in, but was rejected so graciously that it almost felt good), and submitted a paper for the "In Wittgenstein's Footsteps" conference in Iceland (unsuccessfully, by the looks of things, although I have a suspicion my electronic submission never got through). Also, Man United were within minutes of winning the Premier League only to be pipped at the post by hated rivals Manchester City. Oh well. On the positive side, though, I think I'm going to get to revise my Wittgenstein dictionary, which I've wanted to do almost since it first came out. So that's good. I've also had a really good time with the blog. Thanks very much to everyone who has visited.
This summer I'm going to Italy and to Arkansas for a poverty-related meeting. Blogging will occasionally be light.