Welcome to “The Traveling Philosopher” (formerly known as “Philosophy Gets Real” – it still will, on occasion – but presently I’m working on travel posts)
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What the site is for:
I’ve decided that it’s a good idea to write about philosophy, education, about what I’m reading, and (new) to post half-spun reflections about which I’m thinking and writing while I’m traveling.
On this site, you’ll find:
- Philosophical material that is almost always pretty darned rough. I am always looking for conversation, if folks feel like commenting. The goal here will be to apply philosophical reasoning to important social, political, and/or ethical topics – to show the relevance and helpfulness of philosophy applied to real life. I’ll also be linking you to basic explanations of philosophical concepts that I don’t explain in detail in a given post, or to direct you to other sites where other philosophy-minded folks are writing about topics that are relevant to the post you are reading.
- What I’m calling ‘memos’ about teaching philosophy to undergraduates, teaching elementary school, or teaching in other contexts. I will say a bit about what has worked well for me, about what hasn’t worked so well for me, and about what I’m thinking about trying in the classroom. I will sometimes try to link my observations in teaching to philosophical enterprises. My experience is limited to a few dozen courses taught and only about a year in the elementary school classroom, and I’m always looking for suggestions about the things that I post in this category as well.
- Occasionally, I’ll also post photos I have taken along with reflections on which I’ve ruminated along my travels. I really enjoy traveling, and there’s a good chance that more of that material will appear on this site as 2014 progresses.
Thanks for visiting!