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

Schiller: Aesthetic education and the contemporary scene

“The whole aesthetic condition is the most fruitful in relation to knowledge and morality. … A disposition which comprises in itself the wholeness of humanity must necessarily include every individual expression of it, according to its capacity; a disposition which removes all limits from the totality of human nature must necessarily remove them also from… Continue reading Schiller: Aesthetic education and the contemporary scene

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

Notes on Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature

Here follow some brief notes on a few sections of Hegel’s Encylopedia Philosophy of Nature. These are for a local reading group which is focusing on the animal organism. Given these are but notes and impressions gained from a reading, they don’t present any arguments. But I’d love to hear any comments or questions – as… Continue reading Notes on Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature

Notes for a project on Education

In The Republic, Plato puts the dyad of work and education at the heart of social life. The principal of efficiency in work provides the division of labour, and the question of social renewal turns that division into the question of education. What shall we teach, to what end, and to whom? And for Plato, these… Continue reading Notes for a project on Education

Translating nature

I’m currently grappling with an article I’d like to finish off. It compares the accounts of nature in Merleau-Ponty and Derrida. I’m arguing that Derrida tacitly relies upon some Merleau-Pontyian theses, and ends up proposing a similar kind of interleaved and articulated description of the being of nature to that of his predecessor. M-P’s interest… Continue reading Translating nature