Here is the text of an email sent on Sunday, Feb. 9 to all students, to whatever email address you have registered with UBC. See below for important announcements!
I’m so sorry I had to miss class on Thursday–I literally could not think straight, and would have been useless in class. I’m glad Jun was able to do his presentation anyway, and thanks to Lee for picking up my recorder and bringing it to class so I could hear the presentation and discussion!
Here are several important announcements:
1. I’ll post my notes on the Reginster article and on Jun’s presentation, as well as the notes people sent me from their group discussions, as soon as they’re ready (later today or tonight). They’ll be on the course website, under “weekly schedule,” for last Thursday.
2. Since I missed class on Thursday that puts us even further behind (we were already about half a class behind). Accordingly, I am giving you another day to finish the Nietzsche essays, if you choose to do one. Instead of those being due by class time on Thursday, Feb. 13, they are now due by FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 5PM. You can turn them in on the Connect site (go to “assignments” and find the link to submit them) or on paper, to my office at BUCH E375. I’ll be there between 3 and 5 that day.
3. Also, I’d like to make the Foucault text “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History” optional for next week, but I have to check with the person doing a presentation on Thursday (Dustin) to make sure he wasn’t planning to do a presentation on that). My thought is that we don’t have any extra readings for this Tuesday, but finish everything up from Nietzsche on Tuesday. Then on Thursday we would read the Koopman article and the Foucault interview called “What our present is.” But stay tuned: if Dustin is planning to do his presentation on “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History,” then I’ll have to change this plan!
4. Also, for the Koopman article: only pp. 87-109 are required; the rest is optional (you can stop before the section on Foucault and Kant).
5. Someone asked via email if it’s possible to do both the Nietzsche essay and the non-traditional artifact. I decided that yes, if you’d like to do that, you can, and each would count for 10% of the mark rather than doing just one for 20%. If you choose this option, please let me know and your Nietzsche essay can be shorter (4-5 pages), because it’s worth less. But in that case you’d probably need to do a more restricted topic for Nietzsche than the topics suggested on the assignment sheet, since I’m not sure those can be done well in a shorter essay. You might choose a specific topic from one of the three Treatises instead, in that case.
Any questions, do let me know! Otherwise, see you Tuesday. And stay tuned for what to read for Thursday, in case my plan in #3 above has to be altered! I still think we should just use Tuesday for catching up on Nietzsche. There is no presentation on Tuesday, b/c the person who was going to present is no longer in the class.