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Reading the Jacob story as a prequel

As I have been working through Genesis in Hebrew, I have been engaging in a thought-experiment: what if we read this text as a prequel to the Exodus story? I know that it is not literally a prequel in the sense of a text that was conceived as a sequel filling in the backstory of Exodus — clearly many of the stories originate from earlier periods, and the canonical Book of Exodus itself “already” refers to the events of Genesis in some detail (e.g., the role of Joseph in Egyptian history). Notwithstanding the fact that the overall text has been “smoothed over” in that way, I still think it is productive to read the way that the stories have been assembled and presented as a way of rereading (possibly unrelated) cultural legends as anticipating Exodus. ¶ Whatever the sources of these stories, they have been shaped in such a way as to connect them very directly to Exodus, and...

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Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence : Looking forward to reading Jessica’s new book which arrived today. A great impetus to my long overdue return to thinking about Dostoevsky. Fyodor Dostoevskyjessica hooted w ...
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Happy Birthday, Nicolaus Copernicus!
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In praise of fallibility: why science needs philosophy
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Bridging the gaps: Einstein on education: by Ashutosh Jogalekar The crossing of disciplinary boundaries in science has brought with it a peculiar and ironic contradiction. On one hand, fields like computational biology, medical informatics a ...
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perceptions: Diamond Stingily. Elephant Memory, 2016. Installation. "... combines various shades of the store-bought hair not with cute or colorful accessories but with forbidding steel chains and sturdy hooks more befitting the exhibition’ ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology: 2018.02.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Giuseppina D’Oro and Søren Overgaard (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology, Cambridge Univ ...
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Enowning: Iain Thomson on the Dionysian. In Heidegger’s middle work, polysemic being bursts forth from metaphysics like the baby Dionysus from the ashes of his mortal mother’s incendiary ambition to contain the divine (emerging from the ...
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Leibniz on PSR and necessary truths: I just came across a quote from Leibniz that I must have read before but it never impressed itself on my mind: “no reason can be given for the ration of 2 to 4 being the same as that of 4 to 8, not even in ...
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Life, thought and artificial intelligence: I have an empirical hypothesis that one of the main reasons why a lot of ordinary people think a machine can’t be conscious is that they think life is a necessary condition for consciousness and mach ...
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Enowning: Volpi Heidegger AristotleThis homogeneity between care and the traditional determinations ὄρεξις, of impulses and inclinations, is particularly evident in the discussion of the phenomenon of care that Heidegger roll out during summer semest ...
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New Bio: Just in case--sorry, but I do so much stuff that my bio keeps going out of date! And I just heard an old one that must have been copied and pasted from this site. Here’s the official one:Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair ...
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Drunk stoned perverted dead
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Reading the Jacob story as a prequel: As I have been working through Genesis in Hebrew, I have been engaging in a thought-experiment: what if we read this text as a prequel to the Exodus story? I know that it is not literally a prequel in th ...
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Good Cop, Existential Despair Cop
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R. A. Fisher: How an Outsider Revolutionized Statistics (Aris Spanos)
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When To Engage With Harmful Ideas

Are some ideas so harmful or offensive that scholars should not work on them, or even bother to respond to them? And if so, how do we figure out which ones? University of Virginia professor of philosophy Elizabeth Barnes takes up these questions in “Arguments that Harm—and Why We Need Them,” an essay published yesterday at The Chronicle of Higher Education (possibly paywalled). Barnes, author of The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability, writes: I think about this issue a lot, in no small part because of the amount of time I’ve spent engaging with the work of the Princeton philosopher Peter Singer. If you’re an academic who works on disability, the name “Peter Singer” immediately resonates, and immediately signals contention. Singer thinks that the lives of people like me are (“on average”) less valuable than the lives of nondisabled people. He thinks it would have been permissible for my parents to have had me killed as an infant, and bette... Read More ›

Daily Nous · Featured Blog

Philosophy Professor Charged With Possession of Child Pornography
A professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania was arrested last Thursday after child pornography was discovered on his university-issued computer. Professor Scott Lowe, age 57, was charged with “four counts of ...Read More ›

Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update
Once again, here’s the weekly report of what’s new at some useful online philosophy resources. We check the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDP...Read More ›

Experiments in Virtual Philosophy (guest post by Erick Ramirez)
The following is a guest post* by Erick Ramirez, assistant professor of philosophy at Santa Clara University. Among other things, Professor Ramirez has been working on philosophical issues related to the limits of our capacities for empa...Read More ›

Mini-Heap
Here’s yet another installment of Mini-Heap—10 recent items from the Daily Nous Heap of Links, our regularly updated list of material from around the web of possible interest to philosophers. The Heap of Links consists partly of suggesti...Read More ›

Philosophy Professor Suspended for Anti-Gay Facebook Post
Jean Laberge, a professor of philosophy at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal since 1994, was suspended from his position at the end of January, reportedly for writing about his “disgust for homosexuals” on Facebook. The CBC reports: In...Read More ›

Philosophy Relies on Those Double Majors (guest post by Eric Schwitzgebel)
How many undergraduates who major in philosophy also major in another subject? In the following guest post* , Eric Schwitzgebel (Riverside) looks at the numbers and what they mean.  (A version of this post first appeared at The Splintere...Read More ›

In which I am obsessed with Jordan Peterson: by Mathangi Krishnamurthy I am currently obsessed with Jordan Peterson and his videos instructing men on ways in which to be men. He goes on to inform us that in his experience, so many are men pe ...
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A Novel to Cross a Desert With: by Leanne Ogasawara When I was a young, I don’t remember why, but I scribbled a poem by Osip Mandelstam on a piece of thick, mauve-color Nepalese mulberry paper. And as I wrote it, I thought to myself, " ...
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POETRY IN TRANSLATION: Iqbal Complains to God by Mohammed Iqbal Why should I map my own loss,not think of tomorrow, forget my profit, lose my due,grieve, ignore a nightingale’s wail, be silent as a rose?Words give me courage —dust be in ...
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Me Too? Not Me: by Carol A Westbrook In what has become an overwhelming social movement, women are coming forward to tell their stories of sexual assault. "Me too," they say. #MeToo, they tweet. Though I also want to express my solidarity, I ...
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CATSPEAK: by Brooks Riley ...
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Driftin' And Dreamin': by Max Sirak John Perry Barlow (JPB for short) died earlier this month. And, in honor of his passing, but more in remembrance of his life, I want to dedicate my little sliver of cyberspace, a realm he was passionate a ...
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Where Do You Live? Part 2: by Christopher Bacas We never saw Billy again. There was a new management company. They moved in their super, a tiny Mexican guy. He was always cheerful and had a female companion; daughter, sister or wife, who loo ...
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What Are You Reading…On the Philosophy of Film: Understanding art has always been part of philosophy. The way our experience is depicted can change us, so it is important to spend time understanding ... Read more......
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When To Engage With Harmful Ideas
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Philosophy Professor Charged With Possession of Child Pornography
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Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update
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Enowning: In Townhall, Heidegger-led revolution leads to school shootings. Nietzsche didn’t kill God. He merely noticed that the Enlightenment had done so. Heidegger, in turn, took God’s metaphorical death as an opportunity to insist that no one b...
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Moral Skepticism: New Essays: 2018.02.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diego E. Machuca (ed.), Moral Skepticism: New Essays, Routledge, 2018, 243pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138645868. Reviewed by Matt Lutz, W...
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Enowning: Rudolf Bernet’s lecture "Thinking what we cannot represent to ourselves (Heidegger and Deleuze)"...
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Hyde Park Institute Sponsoring Two Spring Courses at the University of Chicago
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Why Do We Fall in Love With Fictional Characters?
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How Exquisitely the Individual Mind to the External World Is Fitted: — And How Exquisitely, too, the External World is Fitted to the Mind.: Visual philosophy inspired by mountain landscapes, Wordsworth, and Hopper, HERE. Against Professional ...
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The passion of anger: The Angry Boy in the Vigiland Park in Oslo, NorwayWhen Martha Nussbaum writes about anger, it’s striking that she refers to classical authors like Aristotle and Seneca and not to early modern philosophers like Montaigne ...
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Humanities Graduates are Gainfully Employed and Happy
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Ethics of disposition, not decision: I’ve been thinking further on the decision/capacity distinction first articulated by Andrew Ollett, and I want to take a further step. So far Andrew and I have merely acknowledged the existence of th ...
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A Reply to my Critics Concerning an Engagement with Jordan Peterson: Just a couple of remarks in reply to numerous critiques of my comment on Jordan Peterson in The Independent.[1] The leitmotif of my critics in mentioning the link between Pe ...
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