A Teacher's Life: Essays for Steven M. Cahn

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Robert B. Talisse, Maureen Eckert
Lexington Books, 2009 - Education - 170 pages
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Steven Cahn belongs to that exclusive class of professors who have not only contributed influentially to the leading debates of their discipline, but have also written insightfully about the academic vocation itself. This volume comprises 13 essays, authored by Cahn's colleagues and former students, presented in his honor on the occasion of his 25th year as Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. The chapters focus on topics that have been central to Cahn's philosophical work, such as the teaching of Philosophy, the responsibilities of Philosophy professors, the nature of happiness, and the concept of the good life.
 

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Contents

How Philosophy Can Get Its Groove Back
1
2 Academic Standards and Constitutive Luck
13
3 Meaningful Lives
33
4 The Relevance of Empirical Findings in Psychology to the Study of Philosophical Ethics
43
5 The Teaching Profession
61
6 Philosophy and Its Teaching
67
7 Philosophical Humor Lewis Carroll and Introductory Philosophy
85
On Teaching Weird or Irrelevant Philosophical Views
93
A Case for Compatibility
113
11 How to Duck Out of Teaching
143
12 The Happy Immoralist
149
Lessons from Steven Cahn
155
Afterword
163
Bibliography of Steven M Cahn
165
Index
169
Copyright

An Inconvenient Truth
107

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About the author (2009)

Robert B. Talisse is associate professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University.
Maureen Eckert is assistant professor of philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

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