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[liberationtech] [cpsr-activists] CPSR Curriculum?

Charles M. Ess c.m.ess at
Sun Feb 3 22:40:15 PST 2019

And thanks on both fronts!

My acknowledging that it was a critical, spot-on point was not 
gratuitous or merely courteous: behind it is a larger point - one that 
we don't always point out to our undergraduate students.  But Aristotle 
warned at the outset of his Nichomachean Ethics that no one under 30 
should attempt it - precisely because of their comparative lack of 
experience as enculturated ethical beings.  (Part of this enculturation 
includes precisely our learning from our mistakes - phronesis as 
self-correcting ethical judgment.)
FWIW: while I loved teaching undergraduate philosophy courses, such as 
ethics and logic, for example - and still think that there's value and 
some measure of good effect from them - having so-called 
"non-traditional" was always a great pleasure, precisely because they 
could bring their greater experience into play.  FWIW: the past couple 
of decades have been even better on this front as I've been privileged 
to work with a number of groups and communities who meet Aristotle's age 
requirement - and it shows up in insights, discussion, debates, 
dialogue, etc. that are that much richer for it.

In all events - yes, kudos and great thanks, Paul!
- c.

On 04/02/2019 05:32, Paul wrote:
> Charles,
>     I would like to claim partial credit for spurring your excellent 
> response. ;)
>    Paul

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University of Oslo

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