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Philosophy Catch Up

It’s been a while since I posted anything dealing with that philosophy major I completed as part of my One Year BA project last year.  Fortunately, others working the field of popularizing the father of all disciplines have not been so idle. For example, the guys behind my favorite philosophical-discussion podcast, The Partially Examined Life, […]

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Learning by Doing

Well my break from blogging was not accompanied by a break from thinking about the subject of learning, especially that mix of real world and virtual learning experiences that might ultimately lead to a genuine rewriting of the rules of education. The first experience which triggered this line of thought came from a visit to […]

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Xena’s Paradox – The Partially Examined Life

As a substitute for the Degree of Freedom podcast I didn’t have time to put together this week, I’d like to talk about an educational podcast that has become a favored learning activity since finishing my One Year BA. Last summer, I kind of drew a line with regard to what constitutes a course in […]

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The Trolley Problem

While the sessions of the American Philosophical Society I described yesterday covered work I hadn’t directly studied during my One Year BA (albeit by philosophers I had taken courses on), the last session I attended dealt directly with something first discovered through a MOOC course: The Trolley Problem. For those unfamiliar with it, the Trolley […]

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Final Exam

I’m typing this on my way back home from the 2013 Eastern Division conference of the American Philosophical Association, a conclave where over a thousand philosophers (mostly professors and graduate students) gathered in Baltimore to ponder the universe, torture job-seekers and fret about funding for the field. Before the holidays, I argued that one method […]

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The One Year BA! – The Defense

Before explaining why I think taking 32+ online courses in twelve months might be the equivalent of a four-year BA’s worth of learning, I’d first like to ask readers to take a blank sheet of paper and write down the names of every course you took while in college. Depending on your age and memory […]

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The Pragmatic Maxim

Time again to take a look at MOOC and other forms of free learning from the perspective of another one of the subjects I’m studying: Pragmatic philosophy. I’ve been learning about Pragmatism through a second attempt at a self-study course, one which is going much more smoothly than the first, probably because excellent resources are […]

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Yes I Kant

It’s been a few months since I tried my hand at applying some of the subject matter I’ve been studying to issues arising out of the existence of massive open online courses. I previously used course topics such as economics, utilitarianism and entropy as a springboard for discussion of meta-matters related to MOOCs, but today […]

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Interview with Peter Adamson, Creator of the History of Philosophy Podcast

Continuing discussions with successful educators working in areas that might influence the direction of massive open learning, today’s interview is with Peter Adamson, the man behind one of the world’s most ambitious educational podcasts: History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps. History of Philosophy (or HoP to we fans) is attempting to cover the entire philosophical […]

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Welcome to Leiter Reports Readers

Well that sudden spike in traffic combined with a flood of interesting comments and contact notes related to a philosophy piece can mean only one thing: a mention in Leiter Reports, the heavily read and always interesting blog of Brian Leiter, Director at the Center of Law, Philosophy and Human Values at the University of […]

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