Latour, Rejoicing: A Critical Review

The recent work by Bruno Latour, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (AIME, for short), deals with the various felicity conditions of different modes of existence, including religious modes of existence.  Along these lines, AIME extends his previous works on religion, including his writings on factishes, iconoclash, and the freeze-frames that convolute science-religion dialogue.  ItContinue reading “Latour, Rejoicing: A Critical Review”

Atheism = philosophy of religion

One of Deleuze’s greatest (and most frequently cited) questions: “Why is philosophy so compromised with God?”   The question comes from a course on Spinoza in 1980. Throughout most of its history, philosophy has been so involved with discussions of God that the philosophy-theology boundary seems extremely vague.  Why do philosophers focus so extensively on GodContinue reading “Atheism = philosophy of religion”

Adoration, Anniversary

My first post on this blog went up one year ago today.  It had something to do with thinking after postmodernism and postsecularism.  Today, that’s still what my practice of thinking is after.  Today, I’m in the middle of Jean-Luc Nancy’s second installment in his deconstruction of Christianity, Adoration.  It follows an opening of Christianity, exposing itsContinue reading “Adoration, Anniversary”

How Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish, Unhappy

“When someone tells me that they are not really religious, but that they are a very spiritual person, I want to punch their face. Hard.” (1) I just finished reading David Webster’s short and fun book Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy (Zero Books, 2012).  I was happy to read aContinue reading “How Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish, Unhappy”

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”