Thursday, December 12, 2013
Today on Professor Facepalm: Things I Learned This Semester
Yes, it's been a heck of a semester for insights into my discipline. These undergrads... goodness! They're chock full of interesting ideas! Well, maybe "interesting" isn't the right word. Novel? Technically, I suppose. Weird? Yes, that, too. Completely deranged? Ah, spot-on.
Things I learned about my discipline from my students this semester:
1) The central philosophical concept in Kant's moral theory is the chronological imperative.
2) Marx was a "socialite."
3) Utilitarians just want to follow God's law.
4) Plato was a Marxist (which, presumably, means he was a socialite, too?).
5) Aristotle was a great Christian philosopher.
6) and that "America is not ready for a Liberian world view." In the context of the paper, "libertarian" makes more sense, but I'm enchanted by the possibilities of a literal reading of this sentence.
As a bonus, I offer a bit of disciplinary insight, as well:
Professor Facepalm's Law of Video Relativity: No matter when you start a video you want to show the class, someone always comes in five minutes after the video has started... even if the video is less than five minutes long.
See? A wealth of new ideas, and not even locked up behind a subscription-only paywall. My generosity knows no bounds, does it?