Announcement (current as of Sept. 8)

Submitted by Don Tontiplaphol (inactive) on Thursday, 9/8/2011, at 4:28 PM


I'll try to give some updates here.


First, the course will probably not be over-subscribed; so don't feel like you've missed the train. And that's so in two respects: as mentioned, there should be spots available; and our first meeting was a shorter-than-usual introduction and overview.


Second, please find at your left, under the course Web site's tabs, a _revised_ version of the syllabus, unsurprisingly under the <Syllabus> tab. Of note: 

--- the syllabus has corrected information concerning my office hours;

--- the readings for Meeting 2 (on Monday of next week) have been pared down a bit; and 

--- I've made a change to the assignment for Meeting 2: no need to turn in a set of discussion questions by this Saturday. Rather: turning in discussion questions will begin in advance of Meeting 3, so as to allow students a chance to sink into the material a little more. However, if you'd like, please feel free to send me any discussion questions this weekend; I'd be happy to integrate such reflections into our meeting on Monday.


So be sure to go off the _revised_ syllabus, not the old syllabus such as you may have already downloaded.


Third, also find at your left a PDF of the handout we employed during Meeting 1 this past week. It concerns the Hart-Fuller debate and some possible resonances in Wittgenstein. I've revised the handout to include some questions and topics for further thought. Mulling over these passages and questions should give one a good sense of the subject-matter of the course. The handout is part of a constantly-evolving Handouts File, an omnibus collection of material that will gather together my handouts and own presentations through the term: this file will grow over time, and so check back twice a week or so, at the course Web site, under the <Course Documents> tab.  


Fourth, a few words about decorum. The syllabus makes plain some restrictions, but I'll underscore one set of them here: using computers (including smart phones) is not allowed in seminar; moreover, be sure to bring _printouts_ of our week's readings to class (you may forbear from bringing printouts of the _optional_ or _recommended_ readings, however). Each week, starting with Meeting 3, bring a copy of Wittgenstein's _Philosophical Investigations_ to class; it will be a resource we shall refer to often, even during weeks in which works by Wittgenstein are not explicitly assigned. His will be a specter that haunts our every thought.


Finally, I hope to see you in seminar; if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me.  Additionally, drop by during office hours--see the syllabus.  All the best,