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Many thanks for these reponses--lots of helpful suggestions here. I'm leaning toward either personal identity puzzles or the experience machine. There are a lot of good examples in recent film and TV of body switching, duplication, and related personal identity stuff (e.g. Avatar, Agent Smith, the "Man in Black" from Lost). Perhaps some of these fictional examples would help to engage students' interest. I'll be giving this some more thought, but your responses have given me a lot of good ideas to consider. Thanks again.
When I've taught ethics courses in the past, I've always presented the Trolley Problem on the second day of class, as a way to get students thinking and talking about a good philosophical puzzle--usually with very good results. Now I am looking for a good puzzle of that kind for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I agree with most of what's been said here--especially the part about keeping text to a minimum (even though I have now violated this guideline for the third time with my third RoME poster.) I thought it would be worth adding an additional point to what's been said. Don't overthink your poster. It doesn't have to be perfect. Both times I've been to RoME there has been a lot of variety in poster style and quality. People don't pass by a poster just because it doesn't have a flashy layout or catchy diagrams. That said, they will likely pass it over if there is way too much text or it is difficult to follow (not enough bold headings and/or boxes, text not clearly separated, etc.). Alternativly, as has been pointed out above, they may just ask you to explain it. Have fun with it. These poster presentations are laid back and a great way to meet people.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2012 on Poster Presentations at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I am always looking for ways of making my grading fairer and more balanced. One issue I've discussed with my peers is whether to grade blue books one book at a time or one question at a time. While I've been using the former strategy, I've also suspected that the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
There's just no getting around it. Going on the job market and sending off scores off applications, only to receive few or even zero interviews, is psychologically exhausting and demoralizing. Many in the blogosphere and in person have shared this sentiment. Here I'd like to briefly explore the possibility of... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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