Post-Modernism: An Introduction and Focus on Critical Theory

Post-modern philosophy encompasses a period of time that began in the middle of the 20th century and many say is still progressing.  Post-modernism itself is hard to define and was influenced by a variety of different schools of thought such as Existentialism, Freudian and Lucanian psychology, and Marxist Theory. Today we will be examining the […]

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Continental vs. Analytic

In the 20th century, the field of philosophy was under going some big changes. Science was playing a big role in the world and caused a big change here in America and in England. Other countries were rejecting this scientific view dividing the field of philosophy down the middle. This division amongst philosophers lead to a stylistic change in the way […]

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New Pedagogical Techniques with Classical Topics

I’m constantly conflicted in my pedagogical beliefs and methodologies, primarily because I believe so strongly in technological implementation into the classroom but also believe in a more classical form of education. These practices frequently class with each other: there’s nothing classical about implementing blogging and gaming into a classroom. Yet, on the other hand, as […]

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Welcome to (un)Enlightened Academy!

Hi all! If you were looking for (un)Enlightened English or (un)Enlightened Philosophy, you may have noticed some changes afoot, so I wanted to make a quick news post to explain what is happening to the site. We have merged (un)Enlightened English and (un)Enlightened Philosophy and have added two more categories (Education and Technology) as well. […]

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It’s vs. Its

I suppose I never thought it was necessary to do this post before, but after seeing so many of my students not knowing that “its” actually exists and after seeing how many people look up the difference between the two words, it became clear that this is a necessary post. I can see how these […]

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Essential Microsoft Office Shortcuts

By now, it is likely that over a half a billion people use Office worldwide (according to Microsoft, anyway). Unfortunately, not many people know the plethora of shortcuts that Microsoft makes available either through the application or in general. It simply pains me to think of all the wasted time and mouse-clicks. In this post, I […]

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Advertising in Games: Only the Beginning

It is both interesting, yet not surprising that advertising within games has become so prevalent. I have been a gamer all of my life – ever since Nintendo (regular, not super). I couldn’t help but chuckle when World of Warcraft was mentioned in a recent lecture that I attended, because I have also played – […]

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What it Means to be a Scholar

Being a scholar would seemingly be a dream job. Sit and think. Read. Come up with something new. Sit on your laptop and peruse Facebook amidst stacks of dusty library books, expensive anthologies and texts that you bought, printed out essays and articles, and crumpled up pieces of crappy material you’ve written. Sit on a […]

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CCCC 2011: Atlanta, GA

Hi all! You may be stumbling upon this site because of this year’s 4Cs, in which case I want to let you know what I’m doing this year, etc. Unfortunately, I’m only doing a workshop this year and not a panel–but the workshop is amazing. I’m part of the gaming workshop entitled “Play/Write 3.0: Connecting […]

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It vs. He/She vs. They

(For those of you who don’t know, this is Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. :-D) My boss gave me an awesome article about pronouns and how English does not have a gender-neutral singular pronoun. It’s been a problem that has annoyed grammar-junkies everywhere. In typical conversation, these things don’t matter–and we’ll use the plural […]

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