In the slang of half a century ago and more, I am easy. If two or even three comments on this blog express a desire for me to post a lecture on YouTube on some subject or other, I start turning the idea over in my head. Recently, in an unguarded moment, I floated the idea of a series on the philosophy of David Hume. Several people, as they say nowadays, “liked” the idea, including one new viewer from 8000 miles away [Australia?]. This despite the fact that some years ago I posted on this very blog a 27,000 word essay on the Philosophy of David Hume. [You’ve read the book, now see the movie?]
But where and when to record the lectures? The where is easy – a room in Caldwell Hall, the home of the UNC Chapel Hill Philosophy department, virtually right around the corner. But when is more difficult. I cannot start them now, so near the end of the semester. No one will show up, and my first experience with YouTubeing, the ten lectures on Ideological Critique delivered to no one at all in my home study, persuaded me that I need at least someone listening in person to keep me from going all freaky and self-referential. UNC this spring? Well, I am already booked there to teach Karl Marx’s Critique of Capitalism starting in January, and there is clearly a limit to how much Wolff a department can stand. This summer? Caldwell Hall is a morgue once exams are over. Maybe next fall, though if I am again teaching at Columbia, that would be a bit of a heavy lift for someone who will by then be eighty-six.
Still and all, my public calls, all four of them. I must think on it.