Tag: freshman composition

Do Freshman Composition Students Have Minds?: A Response to Alex Genetti

Responding to our recent episode on Stanley Hauerwas’s essay “Honor in the University,” my former student Alex Genetti posed a fun question about the essay and the practice of teaching.  If you haven’t listened to the episode, give it a run: among other things, it was some of the first Hauerwas that Grubbs or Farmer…

What my Freshman Comp Students Teach me about Political Philosophy

Every fall, I teach the Honors Freshman Composition class at Emmanuel College, an opportunity that I do not take lightly.  In the course of those fifteen weeks we learn together from Plato, specifically from Republic, how to use the powerful tools of philosophical dialectic revise ideas, to negate what cannot be true in the hopes…

On Teaching Plato One Mo' Time

In the spring semester of 2006, I overheard a conversation going on in the hallway between two of my graduate student colleagues at the University of Georgia. The funny thing is I do not remember the content of the conversation so much as I retain an impression that they were discussing some traditionalist’s most recent…