This page covers my resources for teachers and teaching. If you're one of my students, you're probably looking for this page instead.
Philosophy of food
At the heart of my class "Are We Eating Good Food?" is the database, which (as of November 28, 2012) holds 4,661 potential readings, including philosophical essays, policy papers by partisan think tanks, and lots of news and web clippings. During the first few meetings of the class, the students choose topics, then use the database (with some help and oversight from me) to find readings.
- The Database For copyright reasons, access to the database is normally restricted to my students. The database is powered by DEVONThink Pro Office.
- Sample readings #1 (PDF) An initial draft of the syllabus.
- Sample readings #2 (Google Drive link) The actual reading list for Spring 2012.
- Sample readings #3 The actual reading list for Fall 2012.
- OpenCourseWare Based on the Fall 2012 version of the course.
- Sample readings #4 The actual reading list for Spring 2013.
- Some very good anthologies for philosophy of food classes include the following:
- Sapontzis, Food for Thought: The Debate Over Eating Meat, Prometheus, 2004. Google Books page. My Amazon review.
- Ruse and Castle, Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology, Prometheus, 2001. Google Books page. My Amazon review.
- Kaplan, The Philosophy of Food, University of California Press, 2012. Google Books page. Combined review with Pojman's Food Ethics, scheduled to appear in Agriculture and Human Values in fall 2013.
- For reviews of several other food-related books, see my Amazon reviews page.
- I recommend Kaplan (above) over Pojman's Food Ethics; see the combined review. I strongly recommend against Gregory Pence's The Ethics of Food; I generally agree with this Amazon review.
- A Short Introduction to Formal Logic A pamphlet on formal logic, written for Intro to Philosophy students and non-philosophy majors in upper-level classes. You can get the LaTeX source code here.
- The Logic Game (Google Drive link) A game that I co-designed with John Milanese and Chris DeLeo, to teach the operators of propositional logic. The game board, rules, and token sheets are in PDF format; the TEX files are the LaTeX source code.
Applescripts for my grading workflow
I accept, grade, and return all assignments electronically. Here's how, using these Applescripts.
- Students email DOC, DOCX, or RTF files to me. The script incoming papers.scpt saves the files to my "to be graded" folder.
- For some classes, students will hand in 4+ papers of a single kind; these get labeled and numbered with the script add SR to filenames.scpt.
- Sometimes I do some peer commenting/response assignments. Once these have been emailed to me, I send them on to the author of the original paper using the script forward SRs.scpt.
- I grade papers using the Track Comments function on Microsoft Word. I hate using Word, but it's the only robust commenting software that I can assume all of my students have access to.
- Grades are extracted from papers using the script extract grades from papers.scpt, then recorded in a spreadsheet. Finally the paper is returned using the script return papers.scpt, which automatically identifies the student by her or his email address.
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