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# TA

* Sean Whitton `<spwhitton@email.arizona.edu>`
* Taking sections **A, B and C**
* Office: Social Sciences 138 (please also check room next door
  labelled "Philosophy Department Library")
* Spring 2016 office hours: Tu 3:30--6:30 (subject to change)

# Policy

## Section synopsis

The purposes of the discussion section are to

1. clarify any parts of the course material which you aren't sure you
   understood; and
2. engage philosophically with the course material by talking about it
   as a group (especially in response to presentations).

Please speak up if you think we're failing to do either of these.

## Attendance & participation

Don't forget that per the course syllabus

> Attendance in discussion sections is mandatory.  For every two
> discussions missed, your final grade will be dropped a full letter
> (unless you have a good excuse).

## E-mail

Barring extraordinary circumstances, I will respond to all e-mails
within 36 hours.  Please do not expect a response sooner than 24 hours
after you send your e-mail (and don't expect to receive a reply on
Saturday or Sunday).  Please do not e-mail Prof. Christiano just
because you haven't heard back from me, unless it's really important.

## Technology

**No smart phones, dumb phones, laptops or tablets may be used during
discussion sections.** There are no exceptions without my explicit
permission.

There is [scientific evidence][] that you will remember more by taking
notes on paper.

[scientific evidence]:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-t-take-notes-with-a-laptop/

## The end of class

**Don't** start to pack away your things until I have finished
speaking.  It's disrespectful of me and other students who are trying
to listen.

## Accessibility and Accommodations

If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on
disability, please let me know so that we can discuss options.  If you
have reasonable accommodations, please plan to meet with me by
appointment or during office hours to discuss accommodations and how
my course requirements and activities may impact your ability to fully
participate.