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”

Panpsychism

Adam Robbert has posted a helpful overview of Steven Shaviro’s paper, “Consequences of Panpsychism,” a paper which I heard Shaviro deliver at Claremont in 2010.  I’m somewhat sympathetic with panpsychism, but I don’t consider myself a panpsychist.  Of course, any “ism” has its problems, but I’m not just bothered by the “ism” in panpsychism.  It’sContinue reading “Panpsychism”

Latour’s Bad Words

The vocabulary I have used is very bad and it is meant to be bad: actant, mediation, obligatory passage point, translation, delegation, they have no meaning in themselves and they do no metaphysical work whatsoever.  I never put any sort of explanatory weight on them.  I don’t believe the world is made of mediations, entities,Continue reading “Latour’s Bad Words”

The Place of Irigaray’s New Age

The transition to a new age requires a change in our perception and conception of space-time, the inhabiting of places, and of containers, or envelopes of identity. It assumes and entails an evolution or a transformation of forms, of the relations of matter and form and of the interval between: the trilogy of the constitutionContinue reading “The Place of Irigaray’s New Age”

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”

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”

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”

Philosophy as a Way of Life: Blogging, Vlogging, and More

I’m always inspired by Keith Wayne Brown, a friend, teacher, and philosopher.  He follows the philosophy of Karl Jaspers, and like Jaspers, he reminds me of what is best in philosophy.  He reminds me of what it means to philosophize as a way of life.  Keith has a wonderful blog, Reason and Existenz, and he recently beganContinue reading “Philosophy as a Way of Life: Blogging, Vlogging, and More”