John Mcwhirter

jhmcwhirter (at) gmail (dot) com

I am a graduate of St. John's College (a place whose founding idea is something like a spiritual ancestor of Corvid—particularly the “Global Great Books” curriculum). All of my courses will follow the text-centered paradigm. I am not an expert on any of the texts on which I offer discussions, I have very little to profess. However, I love to read books with others and talk about them, and because I have thousands of hours of experience doing so, I like to think of myself rather as a facilitator of discussions. I think following the question is more important than finding an answer. I have an interest in philosophy, literature, and classics, as well as education, urban design and development, photography, cycling, banjo playing, growing my own food, and radical intentional lifestyles in general.

For HighSun Term 2012 I am facilitating a series of discussions of Samuel Delany's Sci-Fi novel Dhalgren.

Possible Future Courses / Independent Study Opportunities:
Moby Dick
Martin Buber's Ich Und Du (with reference to the German, perhaps!)
Book I of Euclid's Elements (where we would focus on mathematical proofs as performance art)
Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (with lots of drinking I should think)
Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

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