I think either I've been going down the wrong road for a long while, or, I've gotten to the point I always wanted to be in, being able to see my Professor's with some perspective.
I've just put together my own Theory of Everything. I am willing to explain it. I can talk about why I think it's important that we have one, and a good one.
I've done all of this, and then, in the back of my mind I call up the ghosts of my past professors. I call them up because they would have scoffed at the very idea of doing such a thing. It wasn't important to them. They didn't want to make theories in their own work. They wanted, I think, to show that theories of just the kind that I have been busy at putting together, are the problem.
Now, I know that Prof. Ebersole and Prof. Cook were well aware of the theories of philosophers past. You had to understand what philosophers had done before you would be in a position to evaluate them and try to solve the conundrums they presented.