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HAIL AND FAREWELL

Eighteen years ago, in the early months of 2004, Susie and I paid off the mortgage on the house we had built for us when we married in 1987.  Feeling flush with cash, we made two big expenditures.  First, I bought for myself a brand-new flashy Toyota Camry with all the bells and whistles – power doors, power windows, power seats, and cruise control. Then Susie and I bought a tiny 330 square foot apartment on the left bank of Paris just outside Place Maubert.  I was a young, vigorous 70-year-old running the doctoral program in Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts.   For all the years since, we have been going to that Paris pied-ä-terre several times a year, renting it out when we could to cover the costs of owning it. It was there that I spent four weeks learning the viola part of Beethoven’s Opus 59 #3, the third Razumovsky quartet. It was while sitting in a café in Place de la Bastille that I wrote my paper “the Future of Socialism.” In 2010, in the courtyard outside our apartment, I threw a glorious 80th birthday party for my big sister Barbara. And for years each morning when I was in Paris I would take a long walk through the fourth, fifth, or sixth arrondissement, watching the city awaken.   Well, I am no longer young and vigorous  but old and creaky and much slowed down by my Parkinson’s disease. My Camry too is showing... -

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THE HORDE OF THE COUNTERWIND (2): Title and Epigraph

Continuing to live-blog my reading of LA HORDE DU CONTREVENT (2004) by Alain Damasio ¶ TITLE ¶ The title THE HORDE OF THE COUNTERWIND is Deleuzo-Guattarian. ¶ Deleuze and Guattari sketch in A THOUSAND PLATEAUS an ontology of multiplicities (« horde ») and their relation to the intensive fluxes of the outside (often figured as « winds »). ¶ « Counter- » is a prefix that is used by them in A THOUSAND PLATEAUS to indicate something that is both against (negative face) and outside (positive face) the codes., for example they speak of a « counter-oedipal apparatus », « countersignifying semiotics ». ¶ For some reason Alexander Dickow has chosen to translate the title « The Horde of Counterwind », with no definite article before « Counterwind ». However in the novel « counterwind » is a countable noun,... -

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Process Theism

[Revised entry by Donald Viney on June 4, 2022. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Process theism typically refers to a family of theological ideas originating in, inspired by, or in agreement with the metaphysical orientation of the English philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947) and the American philosopher-ornithologist Charles... -

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Renaissance Skepticism

Renaissance Skepticism The term “Renaissance skepticism” refers to a diverse range of approaches to the problem of knowledge that were inspired by the revitalization of Ancient Greek Skepticism in fifteenth through sixteenth century Europe. Much like its ancient counterpart, Renaissance skepticism refers to a wide array of epistemological positions rather... -

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Process Theism [Revised entry by Donald Viney on June 4, 2022. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Process theism typically refers to a family of theological ideas originating in, inspired by, or in agreement with the metaphysical orientation of the English philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947) and the American philosopher-ornithologist Charles Hartshorne (1897 - 2000). For both Whitehead and Hartshorne, it is an essential attribute of God to be fully involved in and affected by temporal... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Renaissance Skepticism Renaissance Skepticism The term “Renaissance skepticism” refers to a diverse range of approaches to the problem of knowledge that were inspired by the revitalization of Ancient Greek Skepticism in fifteenth through sixteenth century Europe. Much like its ancient counterpart, Renaissance skepticism refers to a wide array of epistemological positions rather than a single doctrine or … Continue reading Renaissance Skepticism → Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Culture and Cognitive Science [New Entry by Daniel R. Kelly and Andreas De Block on June 2, 2022.] [Editor's Note: The following new entry by Daniel Kelly and Andreas De Block replaces the former entry on this topic by the previous author.] Human behavior and thought often exhibit a familiar pattern of within... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Theories of the Common Law of Torts [New Entry by Arthur Ripstein on June 2, 2022.] [Editor's Note: The following new entry by Arthur Ripstein replaces the former entry on this topic by the previous authors.] Tort is a branch of private law. It focuses on interpersonal... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Rethinking the Moral Status Debate On what grounds should we deem an entity worthy of personhood and all the moral and legal considerations that come with it? The post Rethinking the Moral Status Debate appeared first on The Prindle Post. The Prindle Post -


HAIL AND FAREWELL Eighteen years ago, in the early months of 2004, Susie and I paid off the mortgage on the house we had built for us when we married in 1987.  Feeling flush with cash, we made two big expenditures.  First, I bought for myself a brand-new flashy Toyota Camry with all the bells and whistles – power doors, power windows, power seats, and cruise control. Then Susie and I bought a tiny 330 square foot apartment... The Philosopher’s Stone -


THE HORDE OF THE COUNTERWIND (2): Title and Epigraph Continuing to live-blog my reading of LA HORDE DU CONTREVENT (2004) by Alain Damasio TITLE The title THE HORDE OF THE COUNTERWIND is Deleuzo-Guattarian. Deleuze and Guattari sketch in A THOUSAND PLATEAUS an ontology of multiplicities (« horde ») and their relation to the intensive fluxes of the outside (often figured as « winds »). « Counter- » is a prefix that is used by them in A THOUSAND PLATEAUS to indicate something that is both against (negative face) and outside... Agent Swarm -


THE HORDE OF THE COUNTERWIND (1): SF ANEMOLOGY THE HORDE OF THE COUNTERWIND is a cult epic-length French science fiction novel published in 2004, written by Alain Damasio. The novel combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy to recount a mythic journey by a « horde » of absolutely dedicated members to find the ultimate origin point of the devastating winds that traverse their planet, making it almost completely uninhabitable, to understand and perhaps even to put an end to the deadly Wind that... Agent Swarm -


“Towards an Object-Oriented Psychology” So, this is being hosted tomorrow morning (10 AM Los Angeles time) in Iran. The Facebook page is HERE, though I can’t find an actual link yet. Maybe you can find it somewhere on that page already, or maybe it will be posted soon. Or maybe it will simply be broadcast on the Facebook page in question. Object Oriented Philosophy -


Two Short Kings: The Colorado Kid and Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King  In my perhaps ill-advised and loosely-resolved quest to read all of Stephen King's books, I have come to two shorter ones published over 20 years apart (2005 and 1983). I figured I would review them together on the blog. So here are The Colorado Kid and Cycle of the Werewolf!The Colorado KidI don't know how Stephen King does it, but he took a story of two folksy small town newspaper reporters telling a 25-year-old story... Examined Worlds -


Random quoteThere is not a great deal of difference between a financier who puts big sounding concerns on the market which come to grief in a few years, and the politician who promises an infinity of reforms to the citizens which he does not know how to bring about, and which resolve themselves simply into an accumulation of Parliamentary papers.Georges Sorel (1847-1922) Philosophy by the Way -


A RESPONSE TO ERIC Eric, in response to my post about Raymond Geuss’s book, writes the following:   Geuss in describing his take on Prof Wolff's In Defense of Anarchism put into words what I have been feeling:"The real question for me was, 'Why be so daft as to start from this quasi-Kantian conception of 'individual autonomy' at all? If you do start from that assumption, you have no one but yourself to blame if you end up nowhere.' Wolff, I... The Philosopher’s Stone -


Roe, Abortion, and the Right to Ourselves When I joined a protest the day after the leak of Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe, rage overwhelmed me. My rage was not for the end of Roe—which I’d known was coming—but, oddly, at the protest: the same people, the same signs, the same chants. As the mother of a friend, marching alongside us, […] Blog of the APA -


Infinite Puppetry About a year ago, I argued in a blog post that "Everything You Do Causes Almost Everything". If the universe is temporally infinite (as suggested by the current default theories in cosmology) and supports random fluctuations post-heat-death (as also suggested by the current default theories in cosmology), then every action you take will perturb some particles, which will perturb more particles, which will perturb more particles, in an infinite causal chain (a "ripple"), eventually perturbing... Splintered Mind -


Are Hopeful Imaginings Valuable? Steve Humbert-Droz is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and a member of Thumos (the Genevan research group on emotions, values, and norms). He is currently working on a taxonomy of imagination in light of the mode/content distinction. His other interests are aesthetics and aesthetic values, organic unities, and emotions. Outside of academia, he likes pen-and-paper RPG, German expressionist films, Oscar Wilde, and tasty whiskies. A post by Steve Humbert-Droz and Juliette... The Junkyard -


Soviet atrocities in Ukraine, 1941 In light of the horrific information now available about atrocities committed in Ukraine by occupying Russian forces in towns such as Bucha -- rape, torture, summary execution, as well as mass deportations to "filtration camps" -- it is grimly important to recognize that there was a prior period of fantastic brutality and atrocity committed by Russians against Ukraine over eighty years ago. The NKVD -- the secret police of the Soviet Union and Stalin's reliable... Understanding Society -


Primary and Secondary Qualities in Early Modern Philosophy [New Entry by Martha Bolton on June 1, 2022.] Many philosophers maintain there is a significant difference between primary and secondary qualities but disagree about its foundation. It may be plausible that we perceive things as having a small number of basic qualities which are determinates or degrees of the following: size, figure, extension, duration, motion, position, color, taste, odor, sound, heat, coldness, and tactual qualities such as hardness, softness, roughness and smoothness. The first... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Philosophy News Share: June 2022 As mentioned in my Summer 2022 Plans, to help keep readers up to date with what’s happening in the philosophy world this summer, I’ll be be creating a space each month for individuals and institutions to share news. Here is the one for June 2022. If you have news of the sort that would typically appear on Daily Nous, please share it in the comments. (For examples of such news, see the list in the first... Daily Nous -


Conjuring History: A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark  Great stuff! Interesting, surprisingly deep, and above all: fun!This novel (Clark's first full novel) is set in the same universe as several short stories and at least one novella (The Haunting of Tram Car 015). In an alternate history of the early 20th century, djinn and other magical creatures have come into our world from elsewhere, centered on Cairo. We meet Fatma, an agent for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities. We also meet... Examined Worlds -


Indeterminacy and Borges’ infinite library Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Library of Babel” (from his collection Labyrinths) famously describes an infinite library, comprising books which together represent every possible combination of characters in the alphabet in which they are written.  Most of the books are gibberish, just as, if you emptied a bag of Scrabble letters onto the floor and looked at the patterns that resulted, almost none of what you’d see would count as a genuine word or sentence.  But... Edward Feser -