I had an opportunity this morning to confront one of my biases. This one was about THe-Philosopher-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named (TPNN for short). Look in the comments of my pervious post about Derrida for a short video of a piece of one of his talks. I historically disliked TPNN Becuase I feel he is missing a key component… Continue reading Commenting on a Philosopher without giving him more undue celebrity.
Prof Bryant has an interesting post today. And it inspired me to comment, below: As I taught Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics today, I emphasized the manner in which so many of the virtues he lists are social in nature. Although we intuitively value many of the virtues Aristotle lists, I don’t think it would occur to… Continue reading Larval Subjects, the Impetus for Communication and the Common Thought of the Past.
We have to be careful when mining resources from traditional discourse. I have proposed here and there that we need to clean up philosophical discussion, and so I'm going to give an example, a brief and not exhaustive nor rigorously thorough, rendition of what I mean when I say we have to clean up philosophy.… Continue reading Materialism And Nihilism. (or: What is Philosophy?)
Perhaps a little bitty on postmodernism and the, what could be labeled of our current situation, post-post-modern-modernism. Here are a couple links that roughly define the conventional problem I will address in this essay. The first is a little less ridiculous than than the second. The first offers us an argument for why postmodernism is… Continue reading Post-post-modern-modernism: The Mistake of Irony; Or, The Ironic Mistake.
There is a book called "Castes of Mind" by a man maned Dirks. It is an historical analysis and critique of 19th century English colonialism through an overtly cultural difference, caste, and how this feature of Indian culture was dealt with both by the English in an attempt to rule, and the Indians attempting to… Continue reading Direct Tangent 3.1: Appropriation of the Rhetoric of Power, part 2