Archives for the month of: April, 2013

Hello!  Here are the deadlines as we roll into the final weeks of the semester!

Today: more presentations!

Friday, 4/26: Deadline to submit your requests for Total Request Philosophy day (5/1).  What philosophical ideas do you want to discuss?  Email me!

Monday, 4/29: Meet in E-230 for a work day.  Bring something for peer review–either a draft of your final project or an at least 50% completed e-portfolio.

Friday, 5/3, at 11:59 PM: Deadline to submit the extra credit project–submit it by email.

Friday, 5/3: Deadline to submit your e-portfolio for the e-portfolio contest (win $100, or even $250!)

5/6 and 5/8: Final presentations!

Wednesday, 5/8 at 6:00 PM: Email me your final projects!

Friday, 5/10 at 11:59 PM: Email me the URL of your final e-portfolio!  Make sure you have published EVERYTHING.


On Monday, please be ready to deliver a 1-2 minute presentation on your final project.  Everyone should be ready to present, I will make the schedule of who goes Monday and who gets to wait until Wednesday entirely at random.  

The following Monday, 4/29, please meet in E-230 for a work day for e-portfolios and final projects.

Don’t forget to email me your requests for total philosophy request live day!

Here’s an opportunity for extra credit!  Take advantage of this, especially if you disliked your grade on the second oral exam.

Locate a short passage from literature (a poem, monologue, or prose passage) that corresponds to a specific idea in a chapter of Warburton, Philosophy: the basics–an idea such as the design argument, significant form, dualism, etc. etc. etc.  Your chosen passage should be longer than two sentences but shorter than a page.


(NB: is a great place to find poetry.  Consider monologues from Shakespeare as well.)

Then, write a 500-1000 word essay explaining the passage and how it relates to the idea you have chosen.  Email this essay to me, with “PHL 101 Extra Credit” in the subject line, no later than Friday, May 3rd at 11:59 PM.

The public grading spreadsheet: check your grades here (using your nickname, of course)!

I hope you and the people you love are well and safe after yesterday’s events at the Boston Marathon. 

What happened offers us an opportunity to think and reflect about many things with philosophical components–community, life, death, terror, and more.  I will welcome your thoughts–as comments on this post, as visits to my office hours, as emails, and in class tomorrow.

FYI: there is a vigil organized for tonight, 6pm-8pm, on the Boston Common at the bandstand.  

Tomorrow, we will have class in E-230 where we will work on our e-portfolios.

Do you want to win $100 cash?  Or maybe even $250?  You can!  Submit your e-portfolio as part of BHCC’s e-portfolio and community engagement contest!  You can submit in general categories–this course does not engage in a community engagement project (i.e. service learning, action research, activism, volunteering), so you can’t submit in those categories for this course.

To apply, students will submit an ePortfolios representing the category of their choice. There are 10 possible categories students can submit an ePortfolio (5- general and 5- community engagement related).
EPortfolio Categories
See: Showcase of mastery in a discipline
See: Broadening Worldview through Service
Learn: Appreciation for Diversity
Learn: Showcase of mastery in new skill
Be: Reflection on the Learning Process
Be: Reflection on the value of volunteerism
Do: Evidence of Peer Collaboration
Do: Evidence of Building Relationship with Community
Know: Demonstration of Critical Thinking
Know: Demonstration of applied knowledge from service to coursework
A prize of $100 will be awarded to each category, and two $250 ‘best in show’ ePortfolio will be awarded. Deadline to submit an ePortfolio is Friday May, 3rd. We will be showcasing the awarding the cash prizes on Tuesday, May 14th.

Click here for the guidelines!

Andy Goldsworthy

Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking

Start at 4:50–that’s where he starts to talk about A Thousand Years.

Denis Dutton, A Darwinian Theory of Beauty