The aim of philosophy, abstractly formulated, is to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term.
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We are now into AY2018-19. It will be a challenging but exciting year.
The BIG news, on the scholarly front, is that Jim O'Shea and I have been given an NEH grant to hold a Summer Seminar for College Teachers: Philosophical Responses to Empiricism in Kant, Hegel, and Sellars. This will be quite an undertaking: there are so many details concerning the sheer logistics of the thing: housing, transportation, parking, meals, recruiting a broad applicant pool, selecting a compatible, active group of participants, etc. It will be held here at UNH June 19-July 19. And I know that, once it begins, it will be an intense but wonderful time. With texts as rich (and difficult) as the ones we'll be working with, discussion will be rampant.
I must also thank Johannes Haag, from Potsdam University, for sponsoring a workshop on Paul Redding's work on Hegel's Subjective Logic this past June. That made it possible for me also to attend a conference beforehand at the Freie Uni in Berlin celebrating the 200th anniversary of Hegel's arrival in Berlin. Susan and I did some wonderful travel right after the Potsdam conference, including a week in Istanbul, where my cousin Nathaniel Broekman got married.
The Wilfrid Sellars Society has continued sponsoring colloquia at APA meetings; Carl Sachs has been an effective organizer, far better than I, and I am grateful to him. The Routledge Studies in American Philosophy series has been growing steadily. We remain interested in publishing high-quality work on and in American Philosophy, broadly construed; send me your proposals.
I do Philosophy because I enjoy it, so it's also a personal interest of mine. Teaching is a worthy, indeed, an honorable profession, and I try to do the best I can to help my students taste the life of the mind. I'm active in my community: I've done school building committees, soccer coach and referree, school technology committee, and increasing involvement with politics..
I also like to cook, wind surf, and do other nongeeky things on occasion. I'm shy, but I do love interacting with people: it just takes me a little while to get comfortable with new acquaintances. If you see me, say hi!