Tuesday, May 01, 2007
(8:51 PM) | Adam Kotsko:
Taking InventoryI just finished the last book I plan to read for the 20th Century Theology exam, Pannenberg's Anthropology in Theological Perspective. Aside from a couple supplementary anthologies, the books I failed to read were as follows:
- Ritschl, Christian Doctrine of Justification (too long)
- Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding (too boring)
- Adler, Engendering Judaism (two books on feminist Judaism, the other being Plaskow, seemed a bit excessive in this context)
- Levinas, Difficult Freedom (I've already read enough damn Levinas)
Between now and then, I have some reading and grading to do, but nothing major. I'm taking an incomplete on the Judith Butler course, but I hope to finish my paper before the end of May. Then I'll have one incomplete (medieval theology) and one course to take in the fall; I'll also be taking my required "method" exam (over deconstruction) in the fall. And of course throughout this period I'll also have to be studying for my final "clusterfuck" of exams (though hopefully I won't have to read 70 books each for all four of them), hopefully writing up some stuff for publication, and coming up with a dissertation topic.
Ted says that I should pick a dissertation topic I can do in a year. He also told me that if someone pisses me off on the Internet, I should do push-ups before responding. (I'm going to be so strong.) Both strike me as sound advice.
I feel like my habit of continually taking inventory and envisioning the tasks I have to complete (thus envisioning them as complete) is one of my only positive and helpful habits.