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Does the title of this entry interest you? I'm sitting here with the cat trying to digest a whole whack of philosophy so I can teach it to my class this term! And there are so many '-isms' it's frightening! Just when I think I've found some good material, I check in a textbook and find a whole lot of other '-isms'! So how do people read this stuff? I get bored after about five minutes and find myself skimming through it. Do I have no tenacity? Um yes! On the other hand, is it because I find myself caring little for the history of deep philosophical thought? Or, taking a third hand for the moment *g* perhaps it's because I'm coming to the conclusion that, as opposed to disliking philosophy, I'm finding that the more I read, the more I feel like I've been there already. I think, deep down, I am a natural philosopher and this just isn't actually new to me... and I don't mean that in a big-headed way, but I've always 'asked the questions', so learning to ask isn't anything new to me. It's mostly the terminology that is holding me back from really wanting to get on top of this though. Yikes! Relativism, pragmatism, idealism, skepticism, realism... Kant, Descartes, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Russel, I bet some of you know these people backwards but OMG it just goes on and on and on... but it's pouring outside, soccer is cancelled and school goes back on Monday. It's time to stretch my brain a little. So. I need a mentor LOL! Maybe I'd better go to the library...

ETA: Okay, I've constructed my opening lesson with diagrams and everything and decided to focus predominantly on the philosophy of religion... that should narrow things down a bit, huh... but I think I'll still need to address the whole general topic.

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moth2fic
Jul. 19th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
They turn an interesting topic into something really dry and boring - hopefully you'll be able to flesh it out again and get your classes keen to discuss! I suspect that's one of the problems - the questions are meant for live discussion and reaction, not writing about...
natesmountain
Jul. 19th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
-the questions are meant for live discussion and reaction, not writing about...
Well, I have the most amazing class of twenty-four girls you could imagine, and they love to discuss stuff. They'll talk about anything, and it's intelligent talk too. I teach them every day and I love them! So I've designed lots of discussion questions already, and I've planned three complete lessons now. By the end of this term, I'll really know something!
moth2fic
Jul. 19th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
So will they - and they'll remember the discussion more than any essays they write. So enjoy it!
natesmountain
Jul. 19th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
The only essay I have to assess is one where the girls have to discuss 'Does God exist?' - that should be fun to mark, huh!!

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