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Hi Trevor,

I definitely agree teaching your own course is important. That is why I am such a big fan of instructor freedom. Students get better courses when each professor can teach to their strengths.


I agree. But it’s also important that we justify why we have chosen these topics. Some students who have taken a variety of philosophy classes or are used to being in philosophy would be more familiar with the canons and other literature. They may question why we have chosen X article over Y article. Academic freedom is important but it’s also a double edge sword. The least we can do is justify why we have chosen the articles/readings to our students.


I can't explain how happy I would be if more than 1 or 2 of my students cared enough that they wanted me to justify my choices.

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