After empty months over the summer, you are suddenly faced with hectic weeks when there is far too much going on by way of seminars and discussion groups. I assume it is much the same in most places; but perhaps the phenomenon is exaggerated here in Cambridge, where ‘Full Term’ is so short and intense.
My coping strategy is to be hyper-selective, on the policy ‘if in doubt, miss it out’. But I do try to keep an eye on what is going on, just in case. I note, for example, that there is a philosophy of mind reading group, and wonder what it is getting up to. Reading next, apparently, Charles Travis’s ‘Reason’s Reach’ European Journal of Philosophy 2007, pp. 225-248. So I take a speculative look. Ye gods. Life is surely far too short to bother with stuff written in such a ghastly pretentious style (this sort of thing would have been straight to the instant reject pile in my editorial days!). If philosophy is worth doing at all — and of course much of it isn’t — then let’s have it in straight-talking prose with absolutely maximal clarity so we can see precisely what the arguments are. To the flames with the rest!