What it’s like to be a student in Arnold Davidson’s course:
I’m reading Davidson’s book for his course on Foucault and the history of sexuality. The course is really superb so far. What Davidson is doing in The Emergence of Sexuality is sketching how one engages in “historical epistemology”. Davidson’s position is complementary — very much so, they cite each other’s texts and we had to read Hacking’s “Making up People” contained in his Historical Ontology — to the idea Ian Hacking dubs “dynamic nominalism”. I find the idea attractive and Davidson and Hacking provide evidence and argumentation so that what initially seemed odd now seems extremely plausible (and probably right) to me.