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By way of the autobiographical writings of Bruno Schulz and the “resurrection” paintings of Stanley Spencer, this talk sketches out some of the ways in which literature and the fine arts situate themselves within the division, or series of breaks, that Michel de Certeau argued Western historiography inscribes between past and present, between the…[Read more]
This essay ruminates the ethics of a co-implicated, bounded dependence between objects (human and otherwise) that are always in some sense withdrawing from each other but also always together in a some-place labeled “here”: the world (where no Absolute or Outside vantage point is possible or habitable). This essay also considers the possibility,…[Read more]
Eileen Joy deposited Like Two Autistic Moonbeams Piercing the Windows of My Asylum: Chaucer’s Griselda and Lars von Trier’s Bess McNeill in the group Philosophy on Humanities Commons 6 days, 10 hours ago
Through a comparative analysis of Chaucer’s “The Clerk’s Tale” and Lars von Trier’s film “Breaking the Waves,” this essay wonders what happens when two texts and one reader happen to each other and open up a singular adventure that is also a moment of ‘futurition’ that opens up new horizons of meaning, both human and inhuman. How can we reckon the…[Read more]
Few of Arendt’s writings have drawn more criticism from her own supporters than “Reflections on LIttle Rock,” in which she opposes the federally mandated desegregation of schools. I take Arendt’s comments as a way of opening up problems in her conception of the relationship among political storytelling, plurality and judgment. I do this through a…[Read more]
This is a worksheet I ask students to use to engage in self-assessment of their own essays. I use a version of the same worksheet for peer feedback on essays.
From Charles Taylor to Marcel Gauchet, theorists of the social imaginary have given us new ways
to talk about the shared structures of meanings and practices of the West. Theorists of this group
have argued against the narrow horizons of meaning that are deployed by deliberative political
theories in developing their basic normative concepts…[Read more]
When speaking of the philosophical importance of James’s late style, critics and philosophers have taken two broad approaches. One route, exemplified by Martha Nussbaum, attributes this style to the sensitivity of the characters. The other, exemplified by Robert Pippin, attributes the writing’s complexity to the ambiguities of the moral codes dur…[Read more]
Slides for an Introduction to Philosophy course at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. These are about Michael Walzer’s article, “Just War and Terrorism” (2006).
Slides for an Introduction to Philosophy course at the University of British Columbia. These refer to an article by Soran Reader, “Making Pacifism Plausible” (2000).
Slides for an Introduction to Philosophy course at the University of British Columbia. These focus on Nussbaum’s article called “Capabilities & Human Rights” (1997).
Slides for an Introduction to Philosophy course at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Talks about the first and second forms of the Categorical Imperative, the good will & acting from duty vs. merely in accordance with duty, and Kant’s four examples of duties.
Saskia Fischer deposited „Der Wunsch die Augen nicht zu öffnen“ – Kunst, Medialität und Schuld in ‚Die Habenichtse‘. In: Der Deutschunterricht 2 (2019). Verfilmte Gegenwartsliteratur. Hg. Susanne Kaul, S. 46-55. in the group Philosophy on Humanities Commons 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Die Terroranschläge vom 11. September 2001 in New York und damit das einschneidende ‚Medienereignis‘ nach der Jahrtausendwende bilden den Ausgangspunkt von Katharina Hackers Roman Die Habenichtse, für den sie 2006 mit dem Deutschen Buchpreis geehrt wurde. Da es sich um einen Text handelt, der stark von digitalen Erzählverfahren inspiriert ist un…[Read more]
Gordon Edison McQueen deposited How to explain information to a dead hare: Floridi’s approach to information and its relevance to art practice in the group Philosophy on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
This research will attempt to evaluate how the thinking of Floridi, especially his emphasis on information, could in some way affect the way we approach art practice. It rests upon an existing body of study about art practice, pursued through a selective literature review of the works of Floridi. As artists rediscover the notion of participation,…[Read more]
In the last decade, there has been an international resurgence of interest in the philosophy of Louis Althusser. New essays, journalism, collections, secondary literature, and even manuscripts by Althusser himself are emerging, speaking in fresh ways to audiences of theorists and activists. Althusser is especially important in educational thought,…[Read more]
Saskia Fischer deposited Poetische Ritualität und Schuld im Theater nach 1945 – Nelly Sachs, Mary Wigman und Pina Bausch. In: Kunst-Rituale – Ritual-Kunst. Zur Ritualität von Theater, Literatur und Musik in der Moderne. Eds. S. Fischer et al. Würzburg: Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 39–62. in the group Philosophy on Humanities Commons 2 months ago
Der Text widmet sich dem dramatischen Werk von Nelly Sachs, das bislang in der Forschung kaum Beachtung gefunden hat. Vor allem wurde die Brisanz der Ritualität ihrer Dramen noch nicht gesehen: Im Wissen um die nationalsozialistische Instrumentalisierung ritueller Formen im Dritten Reich sind es gerade sie, auf die Nelly Sachs nach dem Ende des…[Read more]
Should philosophy help address the problems of non-philosophers or should it be something isolated both from
other disciplines and from the lay public? This question became more than academic for philosophers working in
UK universities with the introduction of societal impact assessment in the national research evaluation exercise,
the REF.…[Read more]
Key MacFarlane deposited A thousand CEOs: Relational thought, processual space, and Deleuzian ontology in human geography and strategic management in the group Philosophy on Humanities Commons 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Over the last 20 years the imbrication between capital and the university has grown much firmer. This
paper seeks to map one point at which this binding occurs: in critical theory. Recently scholars in strategic
management have turned to processual and relational ontologies in an attempt to reimagine the logics of
profit, value, and growth.…[Read more]
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