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This is a recording of a reading of Aristotle’s De Anima by Richard Lee and Christopher P. Long that was originally presented at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, on July 10, 2018. The theme of the 2018 Collegium was Aristotle: Physis, Psyche, Anthropos, and Kristi Sweet read Chris Long’s part at the conference…[Read more]
In addition to the enigmatic The Codomas, Henri Matisse distinguished three other images with a name, Icarus, Monsieur Loyal and Pierrot’s Funeral for his landmark livre d’artiste Jazz. While the characters Loyal, Pierrot and Icarus were readily identifiable and the images could be interpreted within the context of the difficulties of the Ger…[Read more]
Henri Matisse’s images in Jazz, created during the disruption of the German Occupation of France, were embedded with symbols of cultural resistance, while his text, which he composed after the defeat of the Germans, reflected the transition to a post-Liberation France. The wartime symbols and allusions camouflaged within these images are readily r…[Read more]
Borges made a habit of differing from himself. “El otro” and “Borges y yo” are only the most overt examples from a corpus that constantly played with his biography, his beliefs, and his proper name. In his “non-fiction,” this Auseinselbstsetzung takes the form of self-contradiction, asserting opposed theses in his own name, celebrating…[Read more]
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 2 months, 1 week 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 3 months, 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 3 months, 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]
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