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
Not my advice, but a link: Adriel Trott with some suggestions on perfecting your prospective journal articles. It’s nice to see a discussion like this from a philosopher. The first point, clarity, I can never work hard enough at. I also like the discussion on pertinent literature under point 2. I certainly feel the pressure to… Continue reading Advice on scholarly writing
What does it mean to “express” yourself? What is, and what is not, an expression? Is expression wholly novel, or does it depend on the past in some way? Is it more subjective than objective? Am ‘I’ the ultimate source of expression, or does it come from somewhere or something else?
Laura Tingle, “Political Amnesia: How we forgot how to govern”, Quarterly Essay 60 (Black Inc., 2015). Tingle’s essay is a lengthy investigation of the processes and mechanisms of current Australian government, especially of the way in which they enable or prevent the practical memory of political experience. She contrasts these with the history of these… Continue reading On Political Amnesia
“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
Painting and language provide two modes of a living historicity, which lead us to understanding the interweaving of all experience. 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
I’ve just read, via Peter, of a short conference on Of Grammatology to be held June next year. I really should try to be there! There is a lot I could say about the ‘age of Grammatology’ as Derrida’s diagnosis of a deep shift in historical articulation. Grasping one’s time in thought, after all. But note… Continue reading The Age of Grammatology