I got another nice email. It put me in a good mood all morning. Send nice emails to your lecturers, if you think they're doing a good job.
There are a lot of legitimate complaints about academia, and I don't know whether I will stay in it, but sometimes it's good.
I gave some good essays back to students this morning. Someone asked for further reading on speech acts, and I got a nice email. I feel quite good about how these lectures went.
This review expresses a lot of what I think about philosophical methodology: https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/the-crisis-of-method-in-contemporary-analytic-philosophy/
(One of its authors supervised my PhD, so maybe that's not shocking.)
Hey! I need some suggestions of bibliography about the creation of English Departments in US/Canada. Any info?
I'm trying to work out how to introduce the semantics/pragmatics distinction to my undergraduate class. I'm thinking of starting with the distinction between lying and misleading, and basing my discussion on Jennifer Saul's 'Lying, Misleading, and What is Said'. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/lying-misleading-and-what-is-said-9780199603688?cc=no&lang=en&
Also, and this is a genuine question, I don't know what distinction is being marked with *digital* computer (as opposed to not a computer, or to not a digital computer?), and I was puzzled by the reference to 'digital infinity' as evidence that Chomsky believes the claim about the mind as computer. I remember the phrase 'discrete infinity' from reading Chomsky.
I listened to this interview https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/dietsoap/episodes/2018-03-15T18_04_45-07_00 with the author of https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300221466/decoding-chomsky One thing that puzzled me is that he claims that Chomsky is both a dualist, like Descartes, and believes that the brain is a computer and the mind is its software.
The cat reacts to my reading metaphysics with loud screaming and attacking my notes.
Also, if something is CC-BY on Flickr, I'm assuming that I have attributed it if I include a link. I hope that's right.
I'm finding it surprisingly difficult to put a CC-BY image on my slides/handouts. When I include PNGs as images through Pandoc they are big and fuzzy, especially on Beamer slides. Neither the EPS or SVG works when making PDFs with Pandoc. (Except that it did work with one slide deck for a reason that I haven't discovered.)
I'm assuming that if I have the text and no image the legal status is the same, so maybe this isn't worth thinking too hard about.
This week I introduced students to J. L. Austin's theory of speech acts, and discussed how it could be used to make sense of Catharine MacKinnon's claim that pornography silences women (at least as that claim has been taken up by some philosophers of language).
Does anyone use Zotero for file management and citations? Any advice for someone just getting started?
Good piece for researchers about the utility of ORCiD and how to get one. https://orcid.org/blog/2018/02/15/create-sustainable-research-portfolio-orcid