Thursday, May 20, 2004

Thoughts after a Lecture by Terry Penner

What I think it takes to be a good scholar in philosophy today.
(1) Mastery of original languages (at least Greek, Latin, German, and French).
(2) Knowledge of logic (formal, informal, set theoretic, metalogic, modal, etc.).
(3) Knowledge of the history of philosophy (both breadth and depth).
(4) Knowledge of the state and history of the discipline.
(5) Excellent study habits and writing skills.

NB: These are not criteria of what it takes to be a good philosopher nor even a good teacher of philosophy.

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