The Integral Kosmopolitan: CFP

Another Integral Theory Confeference is coming up next year.  ITC 2013 will be July 18-21 in San Francisco.  The theme will be “Connecting the Integral Kosmopolitan.”  The call for papers was recently issued.  A pdf of the cfp can be found HERE.  The deadline for proposals (workshops or paper presentations) is August 15, 2012 (theContinue reading “The Integral Kosmopolitan: CFP”

Picasso on Fakes

I heard the following story from Haj Ross, a friend and teacher.  I don’t know it’s origin…it might be a fake. Picasso is painting in his studio, when an art dealer comes to see him. The dealer says, “Monsieur Picasso, I have just bought this painting, which was said to be a genuine original. ButContinue reading “Picasso on Fakes”

Occupy Romanticism

Jeffrey Robinson composed an interesting paper for a conference on poetry and revolution.  Robinson presents his radical view of Romanticism by connecting it to the Occupy movement.  Hence the title, “Occupy Romanticism” (posted on Jerome Rothenberg’s blog). A Romantic poetics of democracy thus “occupies” the traditional domains of poetry and its sentences. Just as the Occupy Movement havingContinue reading “Occupy Romanticism”

Style: More Object-Oriented Linguistics

I’ve argued before that, in contrast to Ferdinand de Saussure’s principle of the arbitrariness of the sign (l’arbitraire du signe), linguistic signs are integral units that have their own meanings or virtual capacities.  In other words, it isn’t just an accident that “s” is used as a suffix to pluralize words.  There is a pluralizingContinue reading “Style: More Object-Oriented Linguistics”

Keep your mind in hell, and despair not

It’s a phrase I heard from Simon Critchley, who heard it from Gillian Rose, who heard it from Staretz Silouan, who heard it from God: “Keep your mind in hell, and despair not.” It’s good advice.  God telling you to keep your mind in hell  is a little like God telling you to pray as MeisterContinue reading “Keep your mind in hell, and despair not”

We Have Never Been Disenchanted

There are some great essays in The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age, edited by Josh Landy and Michael Saler (Stanford UP, 2009).  Overall, these essays are better than most of the usual fare on the topic of enchantment.  Typically, in most accounts, discussions of enchantment end up positing a veryContinue reading “We Have Never Been Disenchanted”

Multispecies Knots of Ethical Time

I just got the new issue of the journal Environmental Philosophy.  The theme for this issue is time and ecology (check out the table of contents).  I was excited to see a piece by Deborah Bird Rose, “Multispecies Knots of Ethical Time.”  It’s a delightful piece, and to make it even better, it’s available asContinue reading “Multispecies Knots of Ethical Time”

Too Much: Excess

I’m very sympathetic to the critique of consumerism and market fundamentalism given by Clive Hamilton and Richard Deniss in their 2005 book Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough.  However, their critique throws the exorbitantly excessive baby out with the consumerist bathwater.  They’re upset about how much people desire more and more and much too much. Continue reading “Too Much: Excess”

Schopenhauer on Philosophy Blogs

Of course, Schopenhauer didn’t have a blog, but a glance at his notebooks indicates the kind of delightfully pessimistic  things we might hear from him.  Could any great mind have reached his goal and created a lasting work, if he had taken the flitting will-o’-the-wisp of public opinion as his guiding star, i.e., the opinionContinue reading “Schopenhauer on Philosophy Blogs”

Saving the World from Sovereignty

The Posthumanities book series at the University of Minnesota Press keeps releasing terrific books.  I finally got around to reading Mick Smith’s book, Against Ecological Sovereignty: Ethics, Biopolitics, and Saving the Natural World (2011).  Making important contributions to political ecology, environmental ethics, and continental philosophy, Smith presents an approach to radical ecology grounded in aContinue reading “Saving the World from Sovereignty”