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The following books by Robert Paul Wolff are available on Amazon.com as e-books: KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY, THE AUTONOMY OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING MARX, UNDERSTANDING RAWLS, THE POVERTY OF LIBERALISM, A LIFE IN THE ACADEMY, MONEYBAGS MUST BE SO LUCKY, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF FORMAL METHODS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ON KANT'S CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON. To view the lectures, go to YouTube and search for "Robert Paul Wolff Kant." There they will be.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

THE IDEA DEVELOPS

Jerry Fresia, thank you for a lovely response to my idea of videotaping lectures on Ideological Critique.  As I turn this over in my mind, the following thought now emerges.  I could announce a lecture series, perhaps under the auspices of the Philosophy Department, if they were willing.  "A series of twelve public lectures on Ideological Critique by retired Professor Robert Paul Wolff, open to all members of the UNC Chapel Hill community."  That sort of thing.  Maybe on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  I would invite those who show up to follow along with the readings if they wish, but craft the lectures so that they do not require reading to be understood.  If the Department were to make a classroom available, I would somehow arrange for the videotaping, and each Wednesday, the lecture would go up on YouTube [one can do this sort of thing, yes?] 

Of course, someone would have to show up to make it work, but perhaps I could count on at least that.  Maybe I should offer door prizes. 

If I felt enormously ambitious -- this may be a bridge too far -- I could write up each lecture and post it on my blog.

Of course, if no one at all shows up, I shall have to allow my light to flicker and go out.  [I am trying to think of some way to work in a remark about not giving a Tinker's damn, but inspiration fails me.]

8 comments:

Unknown said...

Count on me to be at the lectures!

Unknown said...

Sorry, that was from Enoch Lambert

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Thank you, Enoch. After your fine work in the Rawls study group, you will be a valued attendee.

Aaron said...

I think this is a good idea. As someone who lives across the country who cannot attend the lectures, viewing them on YouTube would be the next best thing. I second Jerry Fresia's comment regarding the potential to reach a far wider audience than would be possible were the lectures to be delivered only in written form.

The only caution I would voice is to try a test filming of the sound and image before you do a lecture. YouTube is unfortunately full of lectures of potential interest that are unwatchable due to their poor sound and image quality.

Alex C said...

Hi Robert, I'm going to try and make it to the lectures as well.

Best,
Alex Campbell

Unknown said...

You might talk with the UNC IT -- I would expect them to have a regular process for recording lectures, although posting might be limited and sometimes there is a charge.

David Auerbach said...

UNC IT (or more likely, the IT unit of UNC Distance Ed) should be flexible. At NCSU DE recorded my baby logic class and the videos are open to the world. (not that the world cares)

Alex C said...

I know that John Roberts records his make-up lectures for his philosophy of natural science course when class gets cancelled and the lecture has to be rescheduled at a new time. He might be worth talking to about recording lectures.