2007 Section (01)
CUPE 1975 Job Action (11.03.07)
announced in class last week, I do not want (and I reckon some
students do not want) to cross a picket line. So, in view of
the CUPE 1975 strike, it is quite likely that class will be
canceled for Tuesday, November 6th. I strongly suspect that
the current job action will not continue for more than a week
or so. (Think of all the absolutely essential things that CUPE
1975 members do in science, agriculture and engineering departments--surely
the whole place will grid to a halt within five or six days).
In today's Star-Phoenix, however, a union official
suggests that the strike may go on "until Christmas."
I might not be willing to support the union quite that far.
Which is to say, we hopefully will be back
in business soon. If things start stretching on to the point
that students' ability to complete the course becomes jeopardized,
I will look into making other arrangements.
The Trap (27.09.07)
For what's it's worth, here are some links to Adam Curtis's
documentary The Trap (2007) as broadcast on the BBC.
The discussion of Isaiah Berlin is in episode 3:
3, Part 1 "We Will Force You To Be Free"
3, Part 2
3, Part 3
In case you're interested, here are the two earlier episodes:
1, "F**k You Buddy"
2, "The Lonely Robot"
The documentary as a whole contains a good many exaggerations, over-simplifications
and distortions, which I certainly do not endorse. Still, it
is quite interesting (to me at least) and it provides some useful
historical background on Berlin (and also on the assumptions
of game theory and contemporary economics). Use at your own
Thanks to Steve Lloyd for the pointer
Assignment #1 (27.09.07)
announced in class the other day, on account of the day I missed
due to illness, the due date for Assignment #1 has been moved
back to October 11.
been informed today by Room Scheduling that we must move. Until
further notice, PHIL 262 (01) will meet in Arts 103.
This move is not in response to a request on my part and I'm
not very happy about it, given that Arts 103 is pretty a crappy,
uncomfortable room with no built-in A/V. Unfortunately, there's
nothing I can do about this. The move was presented by Room
Scheduling as a fait accompli and apparently there
are no better alternatives available in that time slot.
Room Change (01.09.06)
results are in: Of seven messages received in response to my
request for input on a potential move to Arts 103, only one
stated an objection (about the uncomfortable seating, which
I can certainly understand). Other responses ranged from indifference
to ringing endorsements of the new room (some citing important
considerations that I hadn't thought of, such as acoustics).
as of tomorrow, we will meet in Arts 103. Feel
free to pass on the news to anyone you know in class.
Course Syllabus (01.03.06)
The syllabus and reading schedule for the course are now available
on the Notes and Assignments page.
long last (part of) our textbook order has been received at
As I mentioned in class, however, the last part of the order
may not be received until next week. So, if you haven't done
so already, buy your copy today. Or sooner if possible.