Take any opportunity you can to teach while you’re in graduate school. It’s an excellent experience. It looks great on the resume, and it will build your speaking/leadership skills. And, at the very least, you’ll get funny stories out of it. So far, I’ve had a student who said he was so stressed out that he’s going bald, a student who asked me for help reading her bank statement, and a student who admitted he Googled me and found out I was French. Teaching is full of surprises.
Charles Taylor has recently argued that in modern societies “we tend to see our lives exclusively within the horizontal flow of secular time,” to the point that time “has become a container, indifferent to what fills it.” What Taylor means by “secular time” pertains to both contemporary American and European culture and, as globalization continues, other parts of the world, as will be explained below, as well as the culture of the late-medieval period in Europe.
Note: this paper is based on material in my dissertation, Rhetoric and Reflexivity in Chomskyan and Cognitive Linguistics (Carnegie Mellon University, 2002). Please do not quote from this paper. If you would like to read or quote from my dissertation, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1.0 Introduction References to vision pervade Chomsky’s work. They are a key component of the […]