Three, not two, concepts of liberty

“If being free merely means acting without external restrictions [one] or taking up a reflexive stance [two], then subjects can be seen as being sufficiently free even before they become involved in a social order. But if we grasp subjects as truly ‘free’ only on the condition that their aims can be fulfilled or realized… Continue reading Three, not two, concepts of liberty

Two historicities: Painting & Speech

Painting and language provide two modes of a living historicity, which lead us to understanding the interweaving of all experience.[1] What is distinct in them as modes? What finally justifies their comparison and ultimate unity? How are the historical bands specific to each kind of expression? What differentiates painting as visible and speech as audible… Continue reading Two historicities: Painting & Speech

Semester 1 Teaching: Freedom and Domination (PHL254)

Here is the blurb on my teaching for Semester 1 at Macquarie (Unit Guide). I’m teaching 19th C. German philosophy: The term ‘freedom’ is frequently used today, but what does the concept of freedom really mean? Is there more freedom in modern liberal societies than in other forms of society? If so, does this make… Continue reading Semester 1 Teaching: Freedom and Domination (PHL254)

A few quotations: Hegel on attention in learning

I came across a few quotations in the third volume of Hegel’s¬†Encyclopedia that I hope to come back to: s.448 Zusatz¬†(Subjective Spirit, Psychology section, theory of Intuition) “Intelligence puts an end to the simplicity of sensation, determines the sensed object… and thus separates itself from the object, yet at the same time posits it in… Continue reading A few quotations: Hegel on attention in learning