3 More Darlings

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in design, philosophy, teaching | No Comments

Another semester has gone into the books, and I am pleased to say by dint of great struggle, most of my students managed to avoid the temptations and cliches (and OK, maybe I encouraged them very strongly) that were driving me a little crazy the previous semesters. However, they were not completely immune to jumping […]

You Get One Question

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in philosophy, teaching | No Comments

In response to my common in-class refrain about the goals of ancient philosophy, which tried often to define “the good life” and tell us how to get there, one of my students recently asked me what the core question of modern philosophy is. My first hunch was that it’s something like “How can we say […]

Showdown: Beauty vs Presence

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 in philosophy | No Comments

“Architecture is not about beauty; it is about presence.” These words, pinned to the wall as inspiration by local architecture students, along with a citation suggesting that this is something they’ve heard from their studio teacher, make me uneasy.