[Philosophy] and so it starts again...

Richard O'Donovan rodonovan at fhs.vic.edu.au
Wed Feb 22 22:06:18 EST 2006

Good on you John.  I've had a bit of an adventure getting Phil off the ground here too - the History faculty was quite opposed and voted it down the first year I put it up, fearful of the impact on their other subjects.  I'd be keen to hear a bit more about the Monash programme....
My MS unit is coming along alright.  I started with a Simpson's episode (Whacking Day) to raise the issue of treatment of animals which get between us and resources we need followed up by Independence Day to explore if what the aliens did there is similar to what the Springfielders (and the rest of us) do with animals.  This has led us on to explore treatment of humans by watching Freaks and we're working our way through Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  I'm trying to keep it moving fairly quickly at this stage to keep their interest and gently coax them into thinking philosophically.  It's a big group (26) which makes things a little tricky at times.
Any suggestions, ideas, feedback greatly appreciated!!


From: philosophy-bounces at edulists.com.au on behalf of John Payne
Sent: Wed 22-Feb-06 9:15 AM
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Subject: RE: [Philosophy] and so it starts again...

Hi, Richard, for what it's worth, I'm here.

We've got Units 1 & 2 off the ground with 11 students - 8 from Year 10, 3 from Year 11.


And we've got a few Year 12s doing the Monash Enhancement Philosophy programme.


Keen to converse and share ideas with others ......


Regards, John.




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From: philosophy-bounces at edulists.com.au [mailto:philosophy-bounces at edulists.com.au] On Behalf Of Murphy, Clare I
Sent: Wednesday, 22 February 2006 9:07 AM
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Subject: RE: [Philosophy] and so it starts again...



I am also teaching a MS Unit for the first time of a similar nature. Wanna share ideas?

Clare McKay



From: philosophy-bounces at edulists.com.au on behalf of Richard O'Donovan
Sent: Tue 1/31/2006 8:11 PM
To: philosophy at edulists.com.au
Subject: [Philosophy] and so it starts again...

Greetings fellow Wisdom Lovers (although I think I'm gradually becoming a Sophiaphobe instead...),

Well, I have now officially bitten off more than I can chew.  This year I've got a MS unit introducing philosophical concepts (and a blatant recruiting exercise for Yr 11), plus Units 1, 2, 3 & 4. 

This list has been a tad quiet of late, so I thought I'd kick it off afresh this year.  I've even added a new member without permission (sorry about that Ian, but I thought this might be a good resource for you) - call me desperate.

So, is there anybody out there?  Just nod if you can hear me... is there anyone home?


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