Contra Deleuze: Latour’s Disputes

While I have read everything of Deleuze, I am not always convinced he is so useful in my empirical enquiries. I am impatient in this otherwise beautiful book, What Is Philosophy?, with the way philosophy’s role is exaggerated beyond any recognition, and also by the fact that on religion he has nothing much to say.Continue reading “Contra Deleuze: Latour’s Disputes”

Speciesism and Philosophical Botany

I’m participating in a couple of events in March.  First, I’m a panelist in a session on “Religion and Culture: How Self-Perceptions and Scientific Literacy Influence Political Views,” which is part of an ongoing seminar, Speciesism and the Future of Humanity: Biology, Culture, Sociopolitics, taking place at the University of California, Berkeley.  The specific timeContinue reading “Speciesism and Philosophical Botany”

Rough Words with Whitehead and Neruda

“In order to acquire learning, we must first shake ourselves free of it. We must grasp the topic in the rough, before we smooth it out and shape it.” Whitehead, Modes of Thought (New York: Free Press, 1966), p. 6. That comment from Whitehead could be read as an exegesis of one of Pablo Neruda’sContinue reading “Rough Words with Whitehead and Neruda”

It’s only teaching, but I like it

The last month has been a busy one.  I’ve graded roughly 400 pages of student papers, and I’ve given about 60 hours of lectures.  I haven’t spent much time writing, and I feel good about that.  Well, I suppose I’ve done some writing, if you count lecture notes, syllabi, and emails to students.  To adaptContinue reading “It’s only teaching, but I like it”

Experimental Theological Education

As usual, Kwok Pui-lan has it right.  She recently posted some comments in light of her keynote address “From Pasts to Possibilities: Religious Leadership in 2040,” presented to the Association of Theological Field Education (ATFE) during their recent conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She focuses on the year 2040 because that is the year that, according to projections,Continue reading “Experimental Theological Education”