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

Subjective and objective elements in justice for education

[Abstract for an upcoming workshop] Recent political discussion in Australia regularly raises concern over State support for education, from early childhood through to University and institutions for vocational training. The main reference is Australia’s relative decline in benchmarks compared to other OECD countries. Debate often focuses on the “Gonski” report, the funding and implementation of… Continue reading Subjective and objective elements in justice for education

Winds have changed

Reading Heidegger today. It’s tangible; the winds have changed. Just a few years ago, you could work on Heidegger without thinking about his politics. That is completely impossible today. I don’t think it’s because what we know about the man has changed all that much (you know, with publishing his notebooks, so many incriminating comments,… Continue reading Winds have changed

Philosophy and history

At Macquarie we have developed a little focus area on the interaction between philosophy and history; the history of philosophy; the methodological concerns relevant to philosophy, and so on. A few of us – myself, Mike Olson, Jean-Philippe Deranty, among others – have been pursuing these ideas here and there. So, we’re going to conduct… Continue reading Philosophy and history

Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster

Notes on ch.1: An Intellectual Adventure For interest and brevity, let’s summarise the sections of the chapter in a sentence each. I’m not explicating here (a term to be defined below); I’m giving myself a “command” to learn. Intro (1-4): Joseph Jacotot (1870-1840) wound up teaching French in Flemish-speaking Belgium, but he didn’t know Flemish, and… Continue reading Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster

On expression

Expression can then be first roughly described of as a kind of making public or visible through a bodily action. This captures something of gestural expressions and labour, as well as linguistic utterances. In expression, there is literally a pressing-outwards of something that was not yet visible that was contained in the inner life of… Continue reading On expression

Diary of an ECR #6

Research is addictive. You concentrate in a way that blocks out other things. And you do not want to break that concentration. As my current contract dries up, I suddenly find myself with far more time for research. I start to resent the time I have to put it aside for teaching activities. There is… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #6