Friday, November 4, 2022
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
This semester's reading group is on Rescher's Axiogenesis and select readings by William James and John Dewey called "Philosophy of Organism III: Rescher's Axiogenesis and Readings in James and Dewey" running weekly on Fridays. It's the third reading group in the topic of philosophy of organism which I've done over the years.
It's been decided that for Winter term (Dec 15-Jan 15) to read select chapters from John Dewey's How We Think and Knowing and the Known, focusing on the logic, concepts, and technics of organic consciousness (i.e. inferential reasoning by biological organisms, considering also briefly the philosophy of artificial life).
Spring 2023 will be a reading group called "Logic and Normativity" to coincide with the Logic class I'm teaching, followed by Exophilosophy in the summer (specific readings or philosopher tbd).
Monday, October 17, 2022
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Steven E. Knepper is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. In this episode we discuss his book Wonder Strikes: Approaching Aesthetics and Literature with William Desmond, alongside discussions on being, God, grace, prayer, silence and more...
Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hermitix/id1437997652?i=1000576388853
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Saturday, August 6, 2022
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Very interesting article from Aeon covering a topic within my newfound obsession with "exophilosophy" (or exopolitics, or cosmopolitics - describe it how you wish). Save the absolute hubris in the passage below, the rest of the article at least takes a much needed philosophical approach to the subject, something refreshing in light of the short-sighted hardnosed scientism which prevails in its investigation and which lacks the phenomenological openness toward a "phenomenon" we simply cannot hope to understand without a more capacious sense of reality - nature - guiding the way.
None of this eliminates the possibility that alien life might discover us. But if NASA’s current timeline holds water, another civilisation has only a few more decades to get here before we claim the mantle of ‘discoverer’ rather than ‘discovered’. With every passing day, it grows more likely that ‘first contact’ will not take the form of an intellectual or moral back-and-forth between equals. It will be more like the discovery of a natural resource, and one we might be able to exploit.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Friday, May 13, 2022
Monday, April 25, 2022
The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast: Ep. 292: Langer on Symbolic Music (Part One) (Podcast)
The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast
On Susanne Langer's Philosophy in a New Key (1942), ch. 8-10. Is music (the supposedly non-representational artform) a language? If it's "expressive," what exactly does it express? Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support
Friday, April 22, 2022
A new book appearing in August looks quite fascinating.Nature and Naturalism in Classical German Philosophy is a collection of essays that sets out to present exactly what the title depicts. I'll copy below the table of contents - however I'd urge anyone who is interested in Naturphilosophie to take a look at this. Obviously a high price-point prohibits easily adding it to one's collection, but from the essay titles alone it seems like the sort of thing that would be essential in the philosophical naturalist's library.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Friday, January 14, 2022
I've updated the plan for our weekly get-together Reading Group for spring and summer 2022. I began running these reading groups my first year of grad school and chose not to stop once I graduated with the Ph.D. (I took my Ph.D. in 2009.) Hard to believe but they've proved invaluable in encountering new ideas and discussing ideas with others so as to get real hands-on experience with texts and research that, more often than not, helped me move in profitable directions while avoiding the pitfalls of others.