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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » My Professors, Spring 2009 – Part 1 of 7

My Professors, Spring 2009 – Part 1 of 7

I found this blog post about my current philosophy professor. His thesis was titled Nozick’s Non-Libertarianism in Anarchy, State and Utopia: A Reconstruction. Which sounds interesting to me because:

First, Nozick’s attempt to cloak the libertarian argument in the mantle of Locke and Kant does not work. And second, when corrections are made it turns out that Locke and Kant support redistributive (welfare) liberalism, not libertarianism.

Say what? That’s a pretty disconcerting statement. I’ll have to look into this some more.

Dr. Boaheng’s class is probably one of the more compelling I’ve taken so far. He’s also hilarious and inhumanly wide-awake at 8am. He has a thick accent, but it’s really not any more difficult to understand him than it is to listen to someone from South Carolina (which is a fucking crazy accent, yo).

Unfortunately, being that the class is at 8am, it’s a room of thirty or so zombies who only get stirred up to debate the existence of god 30 minutes into the session (this includes me). Also, our last class got overrun with Intelligent Design craziness. The atheist minority was split between, “you’re stupid, shut-up” and, “you’re crazy, I’m too tired to care.” Which means the pro-god crowd left feeling victorious despite the fact that no rational debate even happened.

The biggest problem with the philosophy discipline at Augusta State is that it’s marginal: my class is 50 minutes, three times a week. Which is fine for a lecture course on Intro to Philosophy, but doesn’t provide enough time to work in discussion. Also, we haven’t really gone in depth on how to create a good argument. Most of what I’ve learned about how to create a good argument has been from my Intro to Psych class, which I’ll discuss next week.

I pointed out that Anselm’s Ontological Argument for the Existence of God was circular and posited on the assumption that God is the greatest concievable being (not a sound argument). The professor agreed but a majority of the class did not and sort of god mad about it.

Fun course, although it could stand to be expanded a bit.

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