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1Lecture - LECTURE 1 Today is Wednesday, January 19, 2011....

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LECTURE 1 Today is Wednesday, January 19, 2011. In the past I have presented this lecture in class the first day. I decided to just let you read it, and we talked about the Wall Street Journal and the Course Syllabus & Course Outline instead. Hello: Welcome to the ACADEMY . This semester, I will be your Instructor in this class. My name is Doctor John Filer. 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 advisor.” By now, “academics” and its root word, “Academy” should be important words in your vocabulary, if not used regularly by you and those around you. “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 degree. This includes the completion of a “doctoral thesis.” (This will become important, later.) My doctorate is in the discipline of Economics, and was taken at the University of Chicago. For the past thirty-five years, I have been a Professor of Economics. I “profess.” 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 a subject.” 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 E±(or, in English, “philo-sophia”, literally “love of wisdom”.) 1 “Doctor” is another Greek (and Latin) word that means “teacher.” 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 1 The Greek words in this Lecture are colored IBM blue, and are written in a True Type font, "WP Greek Helve". 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.
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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 genres , getting grilled all night by the cops became affectionately known as “getting the third degree.”) If one receives an M.D. degree, (a physician), it is not a terminal degree, for
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