Sunday, May 24, 2009
They made a very odd couple. The French philosopher (or rather, Swiss - he was born in Geneva) was a small, gesticulating man with animated features and a bizarre taste in clothes: wearing what he called an Armenian caftan, he sought (like Lawrence of Arabia in the Beyond the Fringe sketch) to pass unnoticed in the street. Hume was a large, portly figure with an amiable but bovine face and a strangely vacant stare. He dressed conventionally; indeed, convention was something in which he - unlike Rousseau - rather strongly believed. The intellectual differences went deeper than that. Rousseau idealised natural innocence and saw the socialisation of mankind as a process of corruption. Modern man was an alienated being, and radical changes were needed to remedy that. For Hume, the civilising process in human history involved a complex web of interactions, through which moral behaviour was learned and refined, and political institutions were settled and gradually improved. Yet these two very contrasting thinkers did have some common ground. While both were products of the "Age of Reason", neither believed that reason, as such, had any motive power: sentiment and sympathy were the generating forces of human behaviour. Both, too, had suffered from the disapproval of the ecclesiastical authorities (Calvinism being the doctrinal bedrock of Edinburgh as well as Geneva). On religious issues, indeed, Hume was the more radical of the two. While Rousseau preached his own portentous brand of "natural religion", Hume demolished all theological arguments, including "natural" ones. With such very different temperaments, and largely different beliefs, it is a miracle that the warm friendship between them lasted as long as it did - which is to say, six months on Hume's side and about three on Rousseau's. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/1158/full.
Read the rest here: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22689.
Pub: Gjesdal, Kristin. "Georg Friedrich Philipp von Hardenberg [Novalis]." STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY May 21, 2009.
Read the rest here: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/novalis/.
- "La notion de Weltanschauung: généalogie d'un concept et d'un processus" by ÉLODIE BOUBLIL 1-29 view-pdf
- "Inter et Inter: a Report on the Metamorphosis of an Actress" by ISOBEL BOWDITCH 30-58 view-pdf
- "Spirit and/or Flesh: Merleau-Ponty’s Encounter with Hegel" by DAVID STOREY 59-83 view-pdf
- "Les objets intentionnels – à la frontière entre les actes et le monde" by MARIA GYEMANT 84-111 view-pdf
- "Est-il possible de dire l’éthique de la proximité? Contribution au dossier Kierkegaard – Levinas" by DOMINIC DESROCHES 112-145 view-pdf
- "The 'Inversions' of Intentionality in Levinas and the Later Heidegger" by ADAM KONOPKA 146-162 view-pdf
- "Kelly Oliver's Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media" by TRACEY NICHOLLS view-pdf
Visit the journal homepage here: http://www.phaenex.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/phaenex/issue/current/showToc.
Cfp: "The Question of Nature: from Phusis to Biosphere," Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition, Seattle University, October 8-9, 2009.
Cfp: "Darwin in the Twenty-First Century: Nature, Humanity, and God," University of Notre Dame, November 1-3, 2009.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Cfp: "Decodings," 23rd Annual Conference, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Atlanta, November 5-8, 2009.
- http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2009/05/does-the-ny-times-not-realize-that-stanley-fish-is-philosophically-incompetent.html (NB: degenerates, sadly, into the usual ad hominem attacks)
For a brief overview of Fish's position on the relationship between knowledge and belief, see: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/feb/20/campos-the-atheists-dilemma/.
Read the rest here: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-law/.
Pub: Boyd, Brian. ON THE ORIGIN OF STORIES: EVOLUTION, COGNITION AND FICTION. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2009.
Monday, May 18, 2009
"Concept and Form: the CAHIERS POUR L'ANALYSE and Contemporary French Thought," Middlesex University, May 21-22, 2009.
Third International & Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, April 5-7, 2010.
Cfp: White, Daniel, ed. “Philosophy as Critical Theory: the Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisited," THE EUROPEAN LEGACY 15.4 (2010).
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Dobson, Roger. "Creative Minds: the Links between Mental Illness and Creativity." THE INDEPENDENT May 5, 2009.
White, Hayden. "The Aim of Interpretation is to Create Perplexity in the Face of the Real." HISTORY AND THEORY 48 (2009).
Shermer, Michael. "A Skeptic's Take on the Public Misunderstanding of Darwin." SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (February 2009).
Cfp: Philosophy and the Work of Art, Annual Meeting, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, Monash University, November 29-December 1, 2009.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Occasionally, I like to imagine my ideal dinner party. The guest list changes frequently, but George Eliot, Edith Wharton, and Jane Austen are always welcome at my table. Not the Jameses, however—at least not given Paul Fisher's wearying account of them in House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family. By turns self-pitying, hypochondriacal, and—it cannot go unmentioned—sexually repressed, a more frustrated (and frustrating) clan of eminent Victorians one could scarcely imagine. In any event, the scheduling would be a nightmare, what with their many engagements and even more numerous nervous breakdowns. House of Wits might have been much more aptly titled "House of Fits." The trouble begins on the very first page, where Fisher, currently a professor of American literature at Wellesley, arranges epigraphs from Nietzsche and psychologist Alice Miller's The Drama of the Gifted Child (1983). Yes, it's that kind of book. Success, the Nietzsche selection declares, is the "biggest liar," and "great men" are "bad little fictions invented afterwards." The Miller quotation is all sympathetic psychobabble, with the poor "gifted child" suffering the agonies of "depression," "emptiness," and "self-alienation." There is no better summary of House of Wits: Fisher takes his "great men" and lays them out on the psychiatrist's couch, where he exposes the "gifted children" within, their fragile psyches still bruised from childhood traumas. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1576/article_detail.asp.
Cfp: "The Politics of Life: Michel Foucault and the Biopolitics of Modernity," Södertörn University College, Stockholm, September 3-5, 2009.
Rudd, Anthony. Review of W. Glenn Kirkconnell's KIERKEGAARD ON ETHICS AND RELIGION. NDPR (May 2009).
"Narrative Medicine and Rare Diseases," Aula Pocchiari Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, June 26, 2009.
"Towards a European Political Thought: in the Footsteps of Herodotus," European University Institute, Florence, July 6-7, 2009.
Monday, May 11, 2009
- STEVEN G. SMITH, "Historical Meaningfulness in Shared Action" abstract Wiley InterScience
- ANTOON DE BAETS, "The Impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the Study of History" abstract Wiley InterScience
- MARK THURNER, "The Founding Abyss of Colonial History: Or 'The Origin and Principle of the Name of Peru'” abstract Wiley InterScience
- ERLEND ROGNE, "The Aim of Interpretation is to Create Perplexity in the Face of the Real: Hayden White in Conversation with Erlend Rogne" Wiley InterScience [downloadable for free here: http://www.historyandtheory.org/freearticle.html]
- MARTIN JAY on Charles Taylor, A Secular Age Wiley InterScience A Secular Age
- LLOYD KRAMER on Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey Wiley InterScience Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey
- NOËL BONNEUIL on David J. Staley, History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future Wiley InterScience History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future
- JAMES CRACRAFT on Martin Malia, History’s Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World Wiley InterScience History' s Locomotives: Revolutions and Making of the Modern World
- MICHAEL PRINTY on Annabel Brett and James Tully, ed., Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought, and on D. N. DeLuna, ed., The Political Imagination in History: Essays Concerning J. G. A. Pocock The Political Imagination in History: Essays concerning J.G.A. Pocock Wiley InterScience
- GEORG G. IGGERS on Jörn Rüsen, ed., Meaning and Representation in History Wiley InterScience Meaning and Representation in History
- GIUSEPPINA D'ORO on Karsten R. Stueber, Rediscovering Empathy: Agency, Folk Psychology, and the Human Sciences Rediscovering Empathy: Agency, Folk Psychology, and the Human Sciences (Bradford Books)
- DAVID KONSTAN on Salvatore Settis, The Future of the 'Classical' Wiley InterScience The Future of the Classical