16.126 how troubling the Dialogues of Hume could be

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 126.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 08:16:37 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <w.mccarty@btinternet.com>
             Subject: How troubling are the Dialogues of Hume!

    Some of you will know how much fun Monte Python had with philosophy and
    philosophers. The NB column in the latest TLS (5180, 12 July, p. 16), under
    the title "Philosophy can be fun", draws our attention to the summer issue
    of Philosophers' Magazine, on philosophers in the movies, and to the themed
    Hotel Filosof in Amsterdam. The hotel has a Bishop Berkeley room, which
    isn't there at all. But we can be especially glad for the mention of the
    Philosophy Songs website,
    <http://www.uwmanitowoc.uwc.edu/staff/awhite/phisong.htm> (MIDI and MP3s
    included, the latter featuring Professor Alan White singing the lyrics). I
    recommend it to your attention, as a fine example of an online pedagogical
    resource. Imagine being able to sing, to your students, of course, "now I
    got a right, right, right, episteme!" (to the music of "I Can See Clearly

    One does have to wonder about the possibilities of music in the performance
    of philosophy, but here one needs professional help. Is there a doctor (of
    and in philosophy) in the house? Anything can be *discussed*
    philosophically, including of course music. But is a performative
    philosophy out of the question? (Face-to-face dialogue comes to mind.) If
    not, then could there be ways of doing philosophy in multimedia? Or do we
    simply declare all this silly business? Is a multimedia of (as well as in)
    scholarship possible?


    Dr Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer,
    Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London,
    Strand, London WC2R 2LS, U.K.,
    +44 (0)20 7848-2784, ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/,
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