Sunday, June 20, 2021

Turning a writing tip into an experiment

In episode 74 of "The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps", Tony Long recalls how as a student he was given the exercise of writing a paper on "psyche" in Greek philosophy without the word "soul", which is a common but apparently potentially misleading translation of "psyche". This story made me think of framing some of my suggestions about academic writing as exercises or experiments. My students have several formulaic ways of using the names of authors, such as Jane Austen, in essays about their works, so I could assign the experiment of writing about an Austen novel without ever referring to the author by name, except in the essay's title. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 20 June 2021)

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