Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wow.

So, been a quiet month, you might think. And you would be oh so very wrong.

I've been teaching like a maniac. Things should quiet down come September, when I'm hoping to be doing classes I've done before, and thus will not need to prep nearly as hard. Right now, though, I'm finishing up an online course (which was pretty standard, except for being online) and working through a six-week, five-day-a-week sprint through Intro to Philosophy. Yeeks. Draining for the students and trying for me. Still, I will make it through!

Oh, and I'm finishing up two reviews for various journals and working on some papers for publication. I've decided, regarding the latter, to throw caution to the wind and write something I really think, instead of something safe and publishable. After all, if I'm supposed to play it safe, shouldn't I do so in an industry where it will at least guarantee me a fair payday?

With regard to political blogging, I'm simply too aggravated right now to care. Not because of the academic thing, because of the politics thing. Call me crazy, but I always though Rousseau was onto something (Social Contract; full text can be found here, particularly refer to 1 and 2 in Book 2), i.e., that public engagement in the process of government was not only a good thing but necessary. It seems those who hold the levers of power disagree.

Come Fall, I may be sufficiently motivated to return to more applied considerations of philosophical thinking. (Okay, I probably will be so motivated.) But I really can't be bothered right now to catalogue all the random crap that comes from Parliament Hill, Queen's Park and the mass media. I mean, really, I don't have the time, and what difference does it make, anyway?