Today is Monday, August 24th, 2009.
Welcome to the ACADEMY
This semester, I will be your Instructor in this class.
My name is Doctor John
I am a member of the Academy; that makes me an “academician.”
Here in the Academy we study Academic Disciplines, such as Chemistry,
English Literature, Physics, Mathematics, Political Science, Medicine, Law,
Philosophy, and Economics, as well as countless other academic disciplines.
You probably, at some time, have met with someone called an “academic
By now, “academics” and its root word, “Academy” should be
important words in your vocabulary, if not used regularly by you and those
“Academy” is often a synonym for “university”, as in the “United
States Naval Academy.”
I am called “doctor” because I have completed the requirements for a doctoral
This includes the completion of a “doctoral thesis.”
(This will become
My doctorate is in the discipline of Economics, and was
taken at the University of Chicago.
For the past thirty years, I have been a
Professor of Economics.
The Oxford English dictionary defines
“profess” as a verb, to “affirm one’s faith in or allegiance to a set of beliefs”, in
addition to citing an archaic definition:
to “have or claim knowledge or skill in
Both of these, (I claim), apply to me.
My doctorate is a “Ph.D.”, or, as commonly called, a “doctor of philosophy.”
Philosophy is a Greek word:
E&(or, in English, “philo-sophia”,
literally “love of wisdom”.)
“Doctor” is another Greek (and Latin) word that
It does not mean “physician.”
Here in the United States,
when one hears that someone is a “doctor”, I have found that the first thing
that pops into one’s head, (including mine), is “physician—or medical doctor.”
However, this phenomenon is only true here in the U.S. (and in Canada) and
has occurred since the mid-nineteenth century.
A doctorate, in the Academy,
always has been considered to be a “terminal degree”, that is, it is the last
degree that one can earn in a discipline.
After the Bachelor’s and Master’s
Degrees, the Ph.D. has sometimes been referred to as “the Third Degree.”
(Because of all the questions one must eventually answer in order to receive
a doctorate, in the classic detective novel and movie
, getting grilled all
The Greek words in this Lecture are colored IBM blue, and are written in a True Type font, "WP Greek
If you do not have access to this font (it came with my copy of Word) the Greek words may not
display or print out properly on your computer.
Don't worry about it; it's just a hobby of mine.