At Pomona, it is very easy to do an independent study. All it requires is a syllabus of reading and a justification for the study. I have been thinking about doing one for next semester. If you could do one on any topic of your choice, what would you pick?
I have a couple of ideas.
1) Richard Rorty:
i) Read his Philosophical Volumes 1-4 (Objectivity, relativism and truth. Essays on heidegger and others. Truth and Progress.),
iii) Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature,
iv) Deconstruction and Pragmatism (secondary source… really interesting…blog post to come),
v) and finally Rorty and his Critics.
ii) Daniel Dennett.
i) Consciousness explained
ii) The Mind’s I
iii) The Intentional Stance
i) The metaphysical club
ii) Deconstruction and Pragmatism
iii) Volume 1 of Philosophy in the 20th Century: Covers royce, peirce, james dewey, santayana.
Do you have other suggestions?
I think I might want to put off the Rorty independent study until after I take Erickson’s Rorty class… In that class I will read CIS and Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. But, I don’t know when it will be offered next, and I don’t know whether it will be easy and elementary or difficult and a necessary context for my independent study.
The Dennett study sounds interesting, but I don’t know which professor I would do it through.