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Professors in the philosophy department at San Jose State University wrote the following letter to make a direct appeal to Michael Sandel, a Harvard professor whose MOOC on "Justice" they were being encouraged to use as part of the San Jose State curriculum. (See related article and comments)Is this philosophy or just more mooc madness? If philosophy is truly about knowledge, how we know and ways of knowing of the world. Consider this comment in the letter,
.. the thought of the exact same social justice course being taught in various philosophy departments across the country is downright scary - something out of a dystopian novel.Counter that with this comment on the letter,
He declined to comment further.I would have expected a distinguished professor of the philosophy of law to both know and be willing to comment more. It's up us then to do the philosopher's job of figuring out how and what to know, and then questioning it ~ relentlessly if necessary.
Read all of Why Professors at San Jose State Won't Use a Harvard Professor's MOOC and The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.'s Philosophy Department, both from The Chronicle of Higher Education ~ and comments. Each comment sets has it's own distinct tone and demographic, which makes for an interesting comparison,