Lingis on 6 Problems in Levinas

There is a new issue of the journal PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture.  It’s a free online journal that’s been around for roughly six years, with two issues per year.  I highly recommend checking it out.  The current issue has an article by Alphonso Lingis, “Six Problems in Levinas’s Philosophy.”  I’llContinue reading “Lingis on 6 Problems in Levinas”

Alien Phenomenology: Quotable Quotes

About a month ago, I finished reading Ian Bogost’s wonderful new book, Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing.  It’s a fun book and an excellent contribution to phenomenology, object-oriented ontology, speculative realism, posthumanities, and more.  At some point, I’ll post some more comments on alien phenomenology (previous posts are here andContinue reading “Alien Phenomenology: Quotable Quotes”

Multicentrism

A lot of teaching and writing in environmental ethics adopts a geometrical image: the center.  The field of environmental ethics began with numerous and varied critiques of anthropocentric values and practices. Here’s how the story often goes: to center on the human is to marginalize the non-human, and developing an ethic that accounts for the moral considerabilityContinue reading “Multicentrism”

An Ethical Person

I’ve just started a summer semester, and I’m teaching environmental ethics.  What continues to strike me is how difficult it is to get people to recognize that they need to study ethics.  In terms of the Socratic axiom, it’s difficult to get people to realize that their ethical life needs examining.  So many people thinkContinue reading “An Ethical Person”

South Park and Religious Environmental Ethics

The “Jewpacabra” episode of South Park (S16, E4) contains some good Passover jokes.  One joke is a comment made by Cartman.  In a dream where he is an Egyptian boy (the Pharaoh’s son, to be specific) experiencing the Biblical Plagues (e.g., locusts, raining frogs, etc.), Cartman asks Kyle what’s happening, and in response, Cartman offers a critique of God’s concern for nonhumanContinue reading “South Park and Religious Environmental Ethics”

Writing on Elemental Imagination

The process of publishing academic books tends to be a very slow process.  I just heard that a book I became involved with four or five years ago finally has a contract from a publisher, and at this point, I completely forgot what my chapter was supposed to be about.  Luckily, the editors have done aContinue reading “Writing on Elemental Imagination”

A Manifesto for a Reborn America

If someone asked me who the most sensible environmental advocate is in the world today, I would say James Gustave (“Gus”) Speth.  He faces the abyss of our planetary situation with a hopeful and pragmatic vision.  Speth recently wrote a two-part piece focusing on the decline of the United States and its potential rebirth, “American the Possible: A Manifesto.” Continue reading “A Manifesto for a Reborn America”

Fear and Loathing in the Desert of the Real

Psychedelic drugs have been a widespread part of popular culture since the middle of the twentieth century, influencing artists, musicians, celebrities, environmentalists, surfers, ravers, scholars, etc.  It is fairly well-documented that psychedelics have shaped the development of various spiritualities, including nature spiritualities oriented toward experimentation with intense, boundary-dissolving, sensory experiences, wherein the self and theContinue reading “Fear and Loathing in the Desert of the Real”