Tonight at the Knowledge Commons, there was a lot of philosophy work being done.
My graduate seminar on Aristotle’s De Anima was held in one of the group study rooms. We spent the evening looking at texts on Aristotle by Averroes and other commentators. The dual screens driven by two MacBook Airs, gave us the ability to switch dynamically between different texts on different monitors, facilitating a collaborative reading experience.
After class, we ran into two graduate students, Deniz Durmus and Elif Yavnik, working at the stations with the kidney desks and the large computer monitors. Deniz has started writing her dissertation, and she remarked on how helpful it was to have such a large place to spread out her work and so much room on the monitor to see multiple pages at once.
It was great to see such a large presence from the philosophy graduate students in the Knowledge Commons at 10pm on a Sunday night.