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The aim of the Colloquium series is to introduce you to the practice of professional philosophy. A central part of that practice is listening to philosophers from other parts of the country speaking about their most recent work and engaging them in dialogue by posing your questions to them at the lecture.
Here's the way PL 201-202 will proceed and what you will be expected to do.
* Each faculty member of the Philosophy Department will be the "host" for one speaker.
* About a week to ten days before the public lecture, the host faculty member will contact you to let you know that the paper is available for you to read.
*A few days before the colloquium there will be a pre-lecture discussion of the paper with everyone enrolled in PL 201-202. The host faculty will let you know the time(s) of the pre-colloquium discussion of the paper.
* To prepare for the discussion session, read the paper and write down the question that you would like to pose to the colloquium presenter. Submit your question to the host faculty as directed. In addition to your question, include a brief explanation of your question - What part of the paper sparked this question? Why is it important to the author's philosophical project that s/he be able to answer that question?
* Attend the lecture AND discussion after the lecture. (You will not receive credit for attending the lecture if you leave early. So plan on a one and one-half hour time slot for the colloquium).
* You are expected to raise your hand and ask your question. Don't be shy! And don't assume your question isn't good enough. You'd be surprised at how much others will appreciate your asking it.
* What can you miss and still receive credit? You can only miss EITHER one discussion session OR one lecture AND you must "make up" any missed session within one week of the colloquium date by submitting to the faculty host a well-organized, carefully crafted 2-3 page critical response essay.
* If you know now that you have more than one scheduling conflict this semester, you should wait and sign up for PL 201/202 in a later semester.