Archives for May, 2009

Myers on Eagleton

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about Stanley Fish and Terry Eagleton, go have a look at P. Z. Myers’ lengthy review of Eagleton’s book. It seems that Myers was trapped on a very bad plane ride with only Eagleton for reading material. So what did Myers think? As I was marking up his little…

Replacing Souter

Supreme Court justice David Souter announced his retirement this past week, meaning that Obama’s first justice nomination will come sooner than expected. Since there is also a decent chance that he will be appointing successors to Justices Ginsburg and Stevens, it seems Obama has a real chance to put his stamp on the Court. My…

Fish on Eagleton on God

During a recent bookstore browse, I came across Terry Eagleton’s recent anti-New Atheist book Reason, Faith and Revolution. I was tempted to buy it in spite of Eagleton’s deeply silly review of Dawkins in the London Review of Books. This review was, in large part, the motivation for P.Z. Myers to coin the term Courtier’s…

Oh Joy! Oh Happy Day!

Just finished teaching my last class for the term. Feels soooo goooood. Well, there are still finals to get through, and the extra-long office hours I generously hold on the days before the finals. And then comes the grading. Sooooo much grading. First the exams. Then the course grades. Then a lull of a few…