Some humility is in order…

A few days ago, Steve wrote a post about a difficult student who, on Thursday, published this rather vitriolic letter in The Bullet, my school newspaper. 

Like a car wreck, I’ve been unable to peel my attention away from developments of this story.  After reading the column in the newspaper, my curiosity got the best of me and I began to see what, if anything, I could discover about this individual. 

After a few minutes of toying with search terms (they’re not just for scholarship!), I found a rather curious website:  Semantic Reasoning.  It is a truly strange doppleganger of Aristotelian and Humean ideas.  I can not speak to whether or not it presents qualities of the positivists, and his suggestion that the reader should learn his system (rather than his system answering the problems suggested by the establishment) if one is to debate it with him… well, no thanks.  My friends and I are rather anxious for him to take a class with Craig Vasey, the chair of the philosophy department at Mary Washington.  Not even the most talented philosophy majors (and arguably few of his colleagues, [mostly others in his department]) can go toe-to-toe in wit, knowledge, intellect, or command of his pupils’ respect. 

There is no more humbling experience I can think of than walking with a philosophy professor to edge of the chasm of your own ignorance.      

There is a response letter to our semantic reasoner’s Op-Ed piece in the works, which I will post here on Thursday, next week. 

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2 Responses to “Some humility is in order…”

  1. Is my education sucking my will to revolt? « Philosonomics Says:

    […] and somewhat self-critical in the aftermath of my visceral response to the actions and words of one person.  First, some history of my own thought is in order.After dropping out of college in 2000, I […]

  2. Philosonomics Says:

    […] and somewhat self-critical in the aftermath of my visceral response to the actions and words of one person.  First, some history of my own thought is in order.After dropping out of college in 2000, I […]

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