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    Interview with Tushar Irani (Wesleyan) on Exercises for Teaching the Platonic Way of Life

    Tushar Irani holds a joint appointment at Wesleyan in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters. In his teaching, he has developed a number of exercises helping students to explore what it would be like to live a Platonic, Aristotelian, Stoic, or Epicurean life. The previous post shared the inspiration and history behind his development of these exercises. Here is the most recent version of his exercises inviting students to Live Like a Platonist: The Life of Reason. In this part of the interview, we talk about his experience with using these exercises. What difference do you think actually having your students do mathematics makes, as opposed to just hearing that…

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    Interview with Tushar Irani (Wesleyan) on Exercises for Teaching Ancient Schools as Ways of Life

    Tushar Irani holds a joint appointment at Wesleyan in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters. His recent book, Plato on the Value of Philosophy: The Art of Argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus (Cambridge University Press, 2017), explores Plato’s views on the role and purpose of argument in civic life. You can read an interview with him about it here. In addition to his work on Plato, he has interests in questions of philosophical method, the history and practice of rhetoric, Ancient Greek and Roman literature, and the history of ethics (especially virtue ethics). He also has a strong interest in philosophy as a way of life. He is co-editing a special issue for Metaphilosophy…

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    Deadline Day for Drafts Exchange and Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project Applications

    Today is the deadline for letters of intent for the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, a new initiative to help scholars effectively teach philosophy as a way of life! If you teach philosophy at a post-secondary institution and are interested at all, please check out philife.nd.edu and consider submitting a letter of intent. Today is also the deadline for the second round of ancient philosophy paper draft exchanges, so take your chance and sign up now.

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    Join the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project! (UPDATED Deadline January 15)

    I am very excited to announce the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, a new initiative to help scholars effectively teach philosophy as a way of life! I am delighted to be serving as one of the Lead Faculty Advisors.  If you teach philosophy at a post-secondary institution and are interested at all, please check out our website: philife.nd.edu and consider submitting a letter of intent. We are less than a week away from the January 15 deadline for applying for the first cohort. We are putting together a network of interested scholars to share resources and to participate in a week-long workshop we will be running at Notre Dame for…

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    Ancient Philosophy Syllabi Collection Project

    I’m starting a new project to collect and analyze syllabi from surveys of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. My goals are to get a better sense of how teaching is currently being conducted, share ideas for course designs, highlight neglected but promising texts, and consider new approaches. I think it will be helpful to see what the selection of topics and readings looks like in current teaching. To what degree are surveys of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy still dominated by Plato and Aristotle? Do surveys spend time on early Greek philosophers? Do they include any Hellenistic or late ancient philosophers? I am also interested in topical coverage. Do most surveys…

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    Draft Listing of Ancient Philosophy Graduate Programs (updated)

    Which programs should students who want to pursue graduate work in Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy consider? I would like to provide a listing of such programs and associated helpful information. I have posted below a draft of programs, with one listing for MA programs and another for PhD programs. This is just a draft, so please let me know of any programs that should be added or any relevant information of which I should be aware. The list will be inclusive, so any place where students can write on or focus on ancient philosophy is eligible. I also want to include some information about programs outside the English-speaking world,…

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    The Quintilian Society: A new initiative encouraging academics to teach Latin in public high schools

    The Paideia Institute, a non-profit educational organization “dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities, with a focus on Latin and Ancient Greek languages and literature,” has announced a new program to make “it easier for underemployed and unemployed PhDs in Classics (as well as related fields where mastery of Latin is a required component) to enter the [American] public secondary education system” as Latin teachers. The Quintilian Society, as they are calling it, plans a number of initiatives including: “making teacher training easily accessible and culturally acceptable in PhD programs; connecting PhD holders with school districts striving to maintain or begin a Latin program; and building a professional and…

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    Roleplaying Ancient Philosophy: Using Reacting to the Past in the Classroom

    One of the intentions of this blog is to share practices and ideas related to teaching ancient philosophy. I’ll start by sharing my own experience using roleplaying in the classroom. Reacting to the Past is a pedagogical approach in which students engage in a role-playing game that immerses them in a key historical debate relevant to the course. The game I used, The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C., divides students into democrats, oligarchs, and followers of Socrates, along with several unaligned roles. These characters are all debating how to structure Athenian society in the aftermath of the reign of the Thirty. They consider whether to grant amnesty to…