Unhealthy Skepticism


Unhealthy Skepticism: Setting up unfamiliar developments as something "everybody" is excited about and positioning yourself as an independent thinker who refuses to get with the program. Saves you the trouble of actually having to engage with new ideas and making an informed critique. Instead you can read with a kind…

Angry Words Game Proposal


For a grammar game to actually be engaging, it would have to move beyond a simple right or wrong binary. Instead, the fail sequence would have to be entertaining enough that we keep trying. It would have to have a feedback mechanism that lets you know if you have a…

Hang Up & Drive


My new policy on using computers & such in class. I don’t have time to prowl around like a high school monitor and ask you to stop texting or doing other things on your smart phones. But, like most professors, I will eventually notice it and I will resent it.…

The Analytic Two-Step


When it comes to other disciplines, analytic philosophy puts itself forward as being uniquely to suited to evaluate or even adjudicate those disciplines’ claims. But if another discipline gives an account of analytic philosophy itself, then analytic philosophers fall back on a narrow professionalism, claiming that only analytic philosophers are…

Anglo Is the New White


Although I’m an admitted French and Italian theory whore, if I were still a full-time US literature professor, my ass would be in seat for several years worth of Spanish classes. I think what civil rights struggles were to Baby Boomer intellectuals, and what gender and gay/straight oppositions and entanglements…