A new semester: social philosophy

It’s almost time for the second semester of the year here down under. While the Tour de France wraps up, and American academics are heading back to work after a summer break, in Oz we’ve been cramming things into the brief break between first semester marking and second semester organisation. I’m looking forward to teaching.… Continue reading A new semester: social philosophy

Not historicism: Derrida’s Heidegger Course, s.2

Continuing my summary of Derrida’s 1964-5 seminars on Sein und Zeit. Derrida keeps up a continuous narrative of where he is up to in his narrative. Pedagogically, it’s very useful – he recalls what they discussed the previous time (usually a fortnight before), and he repeats in concise fashion the conclusions that were reached. It doesn’t… Continue reading Not historicism: Derrida’s Heidegger Course, s.2

Derrida’s Heidegger Course, 1964-5, seminar 1

The inquiry into “the question of being” as a guiding thread is distinguished from understanding it as a) Hegelian “refutation” as ontological development in history, and b) any “ontology”, because it is not a matter of seeing the truth of an historical being but of showing why all efforts at ontology essentially miss clarifying the… Continue reading Derrida’s Heidegger Course, 1964-5, seminar 1

Expression – Benjamin & Leibniz

Having recently been writing on expression and Benjamin, this conference and workshop caught my eye: Call for Papers Benjamin and Leibniz: On Expression Conference and Workshop Conference: 27 June 2017 @ RHB 342 Workshop: 28 June 2017 @ RHB 142 Location: Goldsmiths, University of London Walter Benjamin London Research Network Hosted by the Centre for… Continue reading Expression – Benjamin & Leibniz

Philosophy, ‘pipelines’, and online teaching

Philosophy has no industry. Outside of the university, and a small number of independent authors, there is no job titled ‘philosopher’. It’s an observation students make a lot to me, and is probably one encountered the world over (with – maybe – an exception in France; I’d love to know…). And yet philosophy is also… Continue reading Philosophy, ‘pipelines’, and online teaching