• Sean Whitton <spwhitton@email.arizona.edu>
  • Taking sections A, B and C
  • Office: Social Sciences 138 (please also check 130 & 140)
  • Spring 2016 office hours: M & Th 1:50–3:20

Presentation assignments

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Section synopsis

The purposes of the discussion section are to

  1. clarify any parts of the course material which you aren’t sure you understood; and
  2. engage philosophically with the course material by talking about it as a group (especially in response to presentations).

Please speak up if you think we’re failing to do either of these.

Attendance & participation

Don’t forget that per the course syllabus

Attendance in discussion sections is mandatory. For every two discussions missed, your final grade will be dropped a full letter (unless you have a good excuse).


Barring extraordinary circumstances, I will respond to all e-mails within 36 hours. Please do not expect a response sooner than 24 hours after you send your e-mail (and don’t expect to receive a reply on Saturday or Sunday). Please do not e-mail Prof. Christiano just because you haven’t heard back from me, unless it’s really important.


No smart phones, dumb phones, laptops or tablets may be used during discussion sections. There are no exceptions without my explicit permission.

There is scientific evidence that you will remember more by taking notes on paper.

The end of class

Don’t start to pack away your things until I have finished speaking. It’s disrespectful of me and other students who are trying to listen.

Accessibility and Accommodations

If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know so that we can discuss options. If you have reasonable accommodations, please plan to meet with me by appointment or during office hours to discuss accommodations and how my course requirements and activities may impact your ability to fully participate.