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The Music of Dan Fogelberg

Peoria Riverfront Park Dan Fogelberg Memorial Site “To every man the mystery Sings a different song He fills his page of history Dreams his dreams and is gone.” A few weeks ago I wrote a post about an especially moving song about death by the American musician Dan Fogelberg whose lyrical rhymes often touch on existential themes. I have listened to his entire musical opus and virtually every song he wrote says something profound about life. He is also a master of surprising phrases such as in “sweetest sorrow,” “thundering, velvet hand,” or evocative poetry like “Burning lines in the book of our lives.” Here are some more of his beautiful words and music. ¶ Part of the Plan ¶ ¶ I have these moments, all steady and strong I’m feeling so holy and humble The next thing I know, I’m all worried and weak And I feel myself starting to crumble ¶ The meanings get lost and the teachings get tossed And you don’t know what you’re going to do next You wait for the sun but it never quite comes Some kind of message comes through to you Some kind of message comes through And it says to you ¶ Love when you can Cry when you have to Be who you must that’s a part of the plan Await your arrival With simple survival And one day we’ll all understand ¶ I had a woman Who gave me her soul But I wasn’t ready to take it... -

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CFP: Inaugural Conference – Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology – March 19-20 2021.

Call for Papers  ¶ The Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology (SSWPH) announces its inaugural international conference to be held virtually from March 19–20, 2021.   ¶ Keynote Speakers:  ¶ Sarah Borden-Sharkey (Wheaton College, IL)  ¶ Helen Fielding (Western University)  ¶ Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn University)  ¶ Julia Jansen (KU Leuven)  ¶ The Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology (SSWPH) is a learned society focused on researching the work of women in phenomenology and phenomenological philosophy. We have three objectives. First, we wish to uncover and critically examine the work of women in phenomenology or phenomenological philosophy from the early phenomenological movement to the current day, including but not limited to such figures as Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Edith Stein, Gerda Walther, Simone de Beauvoir, María Zambrano, Hannah Arendt, Sylvia Wynter,... -

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The Legacy of Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics

The general attitude towards Arthur Schopenhauer’s metaphysics is rather fiercely critical and at times even tendentious. It seems that the figure of Schopenhauer as an irredeemably flawed, stubborn, and contradictory philosopher serves as a leitmotiv among scholars. Julian Young describes Schopenhauer as “a stubborn personality unwilling to admit that... -

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Theophrastus

[Revised entry by Katerina Ierodiakonou on September 24, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Theophrastus (c. 371 - 287 BCE) was a Peripatetic philosopher who was Aristotle's close colleague and successor at the Lyceum. He wrote many treatises in all areas of philosophy, in order to support, improve, expand, and... -

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Speech Acts [Revised entry by Mitchell Green on September 24, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] We are attuned in everyday conversation not primarily to the sentences we utter to one another, but to the speech acts that those utterances are used to perform: requests, warnings, invitations, promises, apologies, predictions, and the like. Such acts are staples of communicative life, but only became a topic of sustained investigation, at least in the English-speaking world, in the... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


The Legacy of Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics The general attitude towards Arthur Schopenhauer’s metaphysics is rather fiercely critical and at times even tendentious. It seems that the figure of Schopenhauer as an irredeemably flawed, stubborn, and contradictory philosopher serves as a leitmotiv among scholars. Julian Young describes Schopenhauer as “a stubborn personality unwilling to admit that the central claim of his philosophy–that […] The post The Legacy of Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics first appeared on Blog of the APA. Blog of the APA -


Theophrastus [Revised entry by Katerina Ierodiakonou on September 24, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Theophrastus (c. 371 - 287 BCE) was a Peripatetic philosopher who was Aristotle's close colleague and successor at the Lyceum. He wrote many treatises in all areas of philosophy, in order to support, improve, expand, and develop the Aristotelian system.... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


The Ethics and Epistemology of Trust The Ethics and Epistemology of Trust Trust is a topic of long-standing philosophical interest because it is indispensable to the success of almost every kind of coordinated human activity, from politics and business to sport and scientific research. Even more, trust is necessary for the successful dissemination of knowledge, and, by extension, for nearly any … Continue reading The Ethics and Epistemology of Trust → Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Philosophical Work Supported by Berggruen Fellowship Program The Berggruen Institute has a fellowship program to support academics and others across a range of disciplines, and among its most recent class of fellows are some philosophy professors and others working on philosophical subjects. The fellowship program supports work on topics related to several themes concerning “great transformations”: the Future of Capitalism, Globalization and Geopolitics, Transformations of the Human, and the Future of Democracy. [M.C. Escher, “Metamorphosis II” (detail)]The following are fellows from departments of philosophy, along with... Daily Nous -


A Norm for Self-Citation (guest post by Colin Klein) “How to self-cite without giving away your identity? I’ve seen two ways of doing it over the years. One is great, and one is really frustrating. We should all stop doing the frustrating one.” The following is a guest post* by Colin Klein, associate professor of philosophy at Australian National University. [Jan van Eyck, “Portrait of Arnolfini and his Wife” (detail)] A Norm for Self-Citation by Colin Klein Philosophers like to cite themselves. Reviewing standards... Daily Nous -


CFP: Inaugural Conference – Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology – March 19-20 2021. Call for Papers  The Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology (SSWPH) announces its inaugural international conference to be held virtually from March 19–20, 2021.   Keynote Speakers:  Sarah Borden-Sharkey (Wheaton College, IL)  Helen Fielding (Western University)  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn University)  Julia Jansen (KU Leuven)  The Society for the Study of Women in Phenomenology (SSWPH) is a learned society focused on researching the work of women in phenomenology and phenomenological philosophy. We have three objectives. First, we wish to uncover and... Feminist History of Philosophy -


Gödel Without Tears, not quite the end I was intending to post Chapter 17 today — the final chapter, dealing with Löb’s Theorem and related results. But looking again at my draft version yesterday, I thought it was/is rather a mess, and that some of the material is even in the wrong chapter. So some not-quite-trivial rewriting is needed. It will be a day or two before I can get down to doing that. Meanwhile, many thanks to all those (some here,... Logic Matters -


The Music of Dan Fogelberg Peoria Riverfront Park Dan Fogelberg Memorial Site “To every man the mystery Sings a different song He fills his page of history Dreams his dreams and is gone.” A few weeks ago I wrote a post about an especially moving song about death by the American musician Dan Fogelberg whose lyrical rhymes often touch on existential themes. I have listened to his entire musical opus and virtually every song he wrote says something profound about... Reason and Meaning -


Make Arrangements with Yourself Reading Samuel Johnson’s poem reminded me of the enigmatic lines of Neil Young which may refer in an oblique way to hire purchase agreements/arrangements whereby when you have paid half the price of a vehicle you can sell it back, being young enough to sell or keep on paying until you own it as a metaphor for contemplating dropping out.loosened from the minor’s tether,free to mortgage or to sell,Wild as wind, and light as feather,Bid the... Ombhurbhuva -


82 - What should we do about facial recognition technology?  Facial recognition technology has seen its fair share of both media and popular attention in the past 12 months. The runs the gamut from controversial uses by governments and police forces, to coordinated campaigns to ban or limit its use. What should we do about it? In this episode, I talk to Brenda Leong about this issue. Brenda is Senior Counsel and Director of Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at Future of Privacy Forum. She manages... Philosophical Disquisitions -


Challenges for Women in Online Philosophy: Performativity and Clout Despite believing in the value of online philosophy, I myself have limited philosophical engagements online. Online philosophy is a vast terrain, spanning from philosophy discussed in mainstream venues such as The New York Times to online philosophy encyclopedias to YouTube series and blog posts. Here, I want to focus only on women’s engagement in certain […] The post Challenges for Women in Online Philosophy: Performativity and Clout first appeared on Blog of the APA. Blog of the APA -


DONE AND DONE Okay, I have donated $250 to each of four candidates or funds recommended by readers who offered suggestions. That takes care of my royalty check with a bit more added from what I save by only eating half a dinner each night with my wife eating the other half (it helps to keep my weight down.) Many thanks to all made who suggestions and let's hope it helps. The Philosopher’s Stone -


Not "New Wave," not "Dark Wave," not even "Cold Wave." No, it's... "Tragic Wave." Here's the band, Drab Majesty with "Too Soon," from the "Demonstration" LP. First some Wikipedia though. Link's below the embedded video. From Wikipedia:Drab Majesty is an American, Los Angeles-based musical project, founded by musician Deb Demure (Andrew Clinco) while working as the drummer for the band Marriages, in 2011. The project's first record was the 2012 EP Unarian Dances, After Nature -


A REQUEST FOR HELP I have a serious question for my readership. Because I am committed to keeping Susie and myself safe from the virus, and also because of physical considerations attendant upon my age, I cannot really get out and do door-to-door campaigning. I have given a fair amount of money to a variety of campaigns but I just received a check for $707 as royalties this year on my half-century old book In Defense of Anarchism, so... The Philosopher’s Stone -


Boredom and Injustice The emotional price of being poor: How boredom harms those who are less affluent It seizes us at home or at work, in open spaces or behind closed doors. It sneaks upon us when we are alone or in the company of others, on computers or exercise bikes, while standing up or lying down. It […] The post Boredom and Injustice first appeared on Blog of the APA. Blog of the APA -


What’s Utopian When The Status Quo is Unrealistic? (guest post by David Estlund) “In these moments, we should appreciate that unrealistic political thought, including political philosophy, is of profound practical importance, and that it is overly discouraged—both in the culture, and even in the halls of academia…. We, at least some of us, must always be thinking beyond what seems realistic or feasible, about what would be better. That’s how to be ready when the chance comes.” The following is a guest post* by David Estlund, Lombardo Family Professor of... Daily Nous -


No Online, Ed-Tech Tool Will Save The Fall Semester The fall semester promises to change the game in education.  With many colleges and universities going either completely or partially online, the gates have been flung wide open for a full embracing of educational technology.  Any holdouts will now be required to adopt such technology just to perform their basic teaching responsibilities.  And there is […] The post No Online, Ed-Tech Tool Will Save The Fall Semester first appeared on Blog of the APA. Blog of the APA -


Game Dissonance (1): What is Game Dissonance? Over on ihobo today, the start of a brand new three-part serial about cognitive dissonance, narrative design, and the aesthetic flaws of videogames. Here's an extract from the first part: In suggesting that an aspect of what went wrong in Bioshock was that the player lacked a choice, Hocking reveals a likely cause of his dissonance: the assumption that player choice is an essential missing link in bridging the gap between a game story and... Only a Game -


A PEACEFUL DIVORCE A friend sent this to me. As one of those who would be left behind, I have mixed feelings.It has a California feel to it.DEAR RED STATES; WE'RE LEAVING.   We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us.  In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast.  We believe this split... The Philosopher’s Stone -