This podcast is intended to get you ready for our upcoming class. This is always a key session for the class. You can’t easily prepare for it. We will be looking at a set of texts with no preparation and trying to decide what they portend. In this work, we are trying to use a process that will help us to understand the intellectual framework behind the texts. This podcasts gives the steps behind that process.
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This deals with a bit of theory that is useful for our class. It discusses one model for organizing knowledge and suggests one reason that people can draw different conclusions from the same set of data. It proves important to us because once we can identify a framework for a work, we will find it easier to evaluate the quality of the work.
The basic idea is drawn from The Structure of Scientific revolutions, a classic 1960s look philosophy of science by Thomas Kuhn. Kuhn is dealing with bigger issues that we consider but his foundation is a good starting approach for us.
FDR’s First Inaugural is not aw refined or as polished as Lincoln’s Second. (I would hope that you would find this an astonishing claim in light of Lincoln’s nearly unparsable sentence.) It is certainly less polished than the Gettysburg address. This podcast will get you started.
The second speech, that of Eisenhower, comes from a different point in his administration than the first. It marks the end of his 8 years in office and a substantial set of changes from 1952.