Friday, March 16, 2018

Personalism and the philosophy of religion

Randy Auxier has posted to his page a paper, "God as Catholic and Personal," HERE.  The paper is part of an International Philosophical Quarterly issue that is Festschrift to Fordham's W. Norris Clarke, S.J. Of note is that Clarke himself appears in the issue as does James W. Felt, another Jesuit friendly to process metaphysics from a neo-Thomist perspective.

I found the paper particularly interesting for a number of reasons. Readers of After Nature will know that for the majority of my philosophical career (until very recently, in fact) I have taught for Catholic institutions while wrestling with the creation of a process panentheist "neoclassical" metaphysical system, not at all unconducive to neo-Thomism and the metaphysics of Whitehead/Hartshorne alike. Only very recently, around the time I left Immaculata (read about that HERE) and moved to Moravian did I really shift my energies to the creation of a new system which I have been referring to as "speculative naturalism."

Personalism, I think, could certainly use an update to its metaphysical perspective, an update that looks more like "agentialism" in the sense that it could be expanded to include non-human persons mutually recognized as autonomous "agencies" not much different from, or perhaps even equal to, human agencies in most or all respects.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ethics in Homer’s “Odyssey” Feat. Translator Emily Wilson (Part Two) (Podcast link)

Second part of this exceptionally good podcast episode.

Continuing with Emily Wilson on her translation of the Greek epic poem. 
We discuss the value of the oikos, or estate, built on violence, with slaves rewarded for loyalty and killed for preferring a different master. These estates were brought into military alliances through xenia, or hospitality, which you should definitely extend to any gods-disguised-as-beggars that come around, but if actual beggars stop by, then by all means beat them! (So this is not like the Christian "love thy neighbor.") 
We focus in on how status differences play into the text, not only between slaves and masters, but men and women, gods and mortals, and "civilized" people and others. Finally, are the gods even necessary for the story? Do they maybe just represent inner characteristics of the characters, or what else could be going on?
Link HERE.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Podcast interview with Ray Brassier

Ect. 9 podcast interviewed Ray Brassier recently, where you can find the link HERE or downloadable mp3 file, HERE. This is a recent interview, published February 11th, 2018, so you'll hear some of Ray's more current thoughts about his work.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ethics in Homer’s “Odyssey” Feat. Translator Emily Wilson (Part One) (Podcast link)

New Partially Examined Life podcast on ethics in Homer's "Odyssey."

Episode 185: Ethics in Homer's "Odyssey" Feat. Translator Emily Wilson (Part One)
// The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast

On the classic Greek epic poem, written ca. 750 BC and translated by our guest Emily Wilson in 2018. Does this story of "heroes" have anything to teach us about ethics? Wilson wrote an 80-page introduction to her new translation laying out the issues, including "hospitality" as a political tool, the value for status and identity of one's home (including your family and slaves), and the tension between strangeness and familiarity. Can time and change really be undone? Don't wait for part 2! Get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Voyager Spacecraft: Beyond the Solar System (Space dot com)

This was a major thing while I was growing up, and still is (for some), today. Check out Voyager's accomplishments though. Amazing.

Voyager Spacecraft: Beyond the Solar System

NASA's twin probes are going where no one has gone before.