Sunday, September 27, 2009
Competent economists are the rarest of birds. . . . The master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts...He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher — in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future. No part of man's nature or his institutions must lie entirely outside his regard. He must be purposeful and disinterested in a simultaneous mood; as aloof and incorruptible as an artist, yet sometimes as near the earth as a politician.We owe this job description to John Maynard Keynes and the situation hasn't changed since he wrote it nearly a century ago. The scarcity of good economists has indeed been a constant plague of humankind. This is not to say that all economists are by nature technocrats who fail to recognise the relevant questions. This would just not be true. The verdict of narrowness and non-scientific shallowness cannot be directed against those economists who have made their career outside the mainstream, the so-called "orthodoxy" — in institutional economics, for example, or in public choice, in law and economics, game theory and behavioural finance. In these relatively new and innovative fields, scholars have been endeavouring to fill the gaps in mainstream theory, hoping to contribute to what should one day be a better and more fruitful mainstream. The goal is a body of theory that would be able to answer more relevant questions about how mankind can peacefully live together in society, granting personal autonomy and economic progress for all, building on the institutional achievements of Western civilisation, such as individual liberty, the free market and the rule of law. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/2164/full.
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"New Marxian Times," Seventh Annual Conference, Rethinking Marxism, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 5-8, 2009.
48th Annual Meeting, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Phenomenology, George Mason University, October 29-31, 2009.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Pub: Kansteiner, Wulf, and Christoph Classen, eds. HISTORICAL REPRESENTATION AND HISTORICAL TRUTH. HISTORY AND THEORY (May 2009).
- CHRISTOPH CLASSEN and WULF KANSTEINER, "Truth and Authenticity in Contemporary Historical Culture: an Introduction to Historical Representation and Historical Truth"
- ANN RIGNEY, "All This Happened, More or Less: What a Novelist Made of the Bombing of Dresden"
- WULF KANSTEINER, "Success, Truth, and Modernism in Holocaust Historiography: Reading Saul Friedländer Thirty-Five Years after the Publication of Metahistory"
- JUDITH KEILBACH, "Photographs, Symbolic Images, and the Holocaust: On the (Im)possibility of Depicting Historical Truth"
- CHRISTOPH CLASSEN, "Balanced Truth: Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List among History, Memory, and Popular Culture"
- CLAUDIO FOGU, "Digitalizing Historical Consciousness"
- BETTINA M. CARBONELL, "The Syntax of Objects and the Representation of History: Speaking of Slavery in New York"
Click here to read abstracts of the articles in this issue: http://www.historyandtheory.org/archives/may09.html; to download a free copy of Classen’s and Kansteiner’s Introduction or of Fogu’s essay about what digitalization is doing to historical consciousness, please click here: http://www.historyandtheory.org/freearticle.html. To read the full issue, a subscription is required.
Berube, Michael. "What's the Matter With Cultural Studies?" CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION September 14, 2009.
Cfp: "The Borderland between Philosophy and Design Research," Centre for Philosophy and Design, Danish Design School, Copenhagen, January 27-29, 2010.
- Louis L. Bucciarelli, Emeritus Prof. (Eng. & Technology Studies), MIT School of Engineering;
- Nathan Crilly, Dr., Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge;
- Soeren Kjoerup, Emeritus Prof. of Philosophy, Roskilde University and Bergen National Academy of the Arts;
- Peter Kroes, Prof. of Phil. of Technology, TU Delft;
- Terence Love, Dr. (Eng. Des.), Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, Lancaster University, and IADE, Lisbon.
- Peter-Paul Verbeek, Prof. of Philosophy, University of Twente;
- Pieter Vermaas, Dr., Dept. of Philosophy, TU Delft.
"Reconciliation and the Transition from Orality to the Written Expression," Saint Paul University, Ottawa, October 29-30, 2009.
Caputo, John D. Review of Slavoj Zizek and John Milbank, THE MONSTROSITY OF CHRIST. NDPR (September 2009).
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Cfp: "Dialogisme: Langue, Discours [Dialogism: Language, Speech]," Universite de Montpellier, September 8-11, 2010.
- What are the origins and the position of the concept in the works of the Bakhtine's circle? In contemporary research, what is the position of the concept of dialogism in discourse analysis? in textual analysis? in enunciative linguistics? in semantics? How does it fit in the different 'toolboxes'?
- Does the dialogic dimension concern only discourse, as Bakhtine would sometimes claim? to what extent does it have an influence on language too?
- What are the links between the concept of dialogism that is little or not used in the Anglo-Saxon linguistic writings, and concepts such as subjectivity, speaker empathy, point of view, subject-raising, etc., that allow dealing with partly similar linguistic facts? What are the possible relationships with the concepts of relevance, mental spaces or the de re/de dicto distinction.
- What is the relationship between "dialogal" and dialogic? What are the possible articulations between the two concepts, partly in competition, of dialogism and polyphony?
(ii) The heuristic properties and the relevance of the concept of dialogism will also be tested through concrete analysis of linguistic and discursive data to precisely study the advances and the renewal of approaches it allows, as well as its limits.
- How does dialogism precisely play a role in a specific discursive type? in a type of textuality? in a discursive genre?
- What areas of the language - in addition to those already well described such as negation, concession, conditional etc - are likely to be studied through dialogism? is it possible to talk of a dialogic marker? How does the dialogic dimension of a specific element concretely show?
- To what extent and in which way is dialogism part of the grammaticalisation ands pragmaticalisation processes?
- A Place for Lacan in Critical Psychology? Four Memos and a Gap by Annie G. Rogers
- Lacan Goes Business by Carl Cederström
- Untying Real, Imaginary and Symbolic: a Lacanian Criticism of Behavioural, Cognitive and Discursive Psychologies by David Pavón Cuéllar
- How to be Secretly Lacanian in Anti-Psychoanalytic Qualitative Research by Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker and Ian Parker
- I Started Off with Nothing by Rob Weatherill
- Practices, Provenances, Homologies? by Bill Roper
- Writing an Algebra for the Social Sciences: Freud’s and Lacan’s Mathemes by Carlos Gómez
- Queering Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalysing Queer by Eve Watson
- Who Wants to be in Rational Love? by Calum Neill
- Restoring Universality to the Subject: Lacan’s Kantian Logic of Sexuation by Derek Hook
- Sexual Difference: Encore, Yet Again by Anup Dhar
- The Other Side of Social Psychology? A Review of the Utility of Lacanian Psychoanalysis with a Focus on the Theory of the Four Discourses by Peter Branney, Brendan Gough, Anna Madill
- Some Questions Around Social Imaginary and Discourse Analysis for Critical Research by Ilana Mountian
- Now that You Know, How do You Feel? The Milgram Experiment and Psychologization by Jan De Vos
- Logic of the Subject and the Other: Research Identities and Race…. by Kareen Malone & Gilda Barabino
- Oedipus and the Other in Japan by Kazushige Shingu
- An Effective Treatment of Psychosis with Psychoanalysis in Québec City, Since 1982 by Lucie Cantin
- Contested Identities: Using Lacanian Psychoanalysis to Explore and Develop Social Identity Theory by Parisa Dashtipour
- The Lacanian Left, by Yannis Stavrakakis; Subjectivity and Otherness, by Lorenzo Chiesa; Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique, by Bruce Fink reviewed by Derek Hook
- My Teaching, by Jacques Lacan reviewed by Owen Hewitson
- Lacan’s Hairdresser: an Encounter with Karolos Kambelopoulos by Stavros Psaroudakis, Ian Parker, Erica Burman
- Critical Psychology: a Conversation with Slavoj Žižek by Ian Parker
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
MacAvoy, Leslie. Review of Joshua James Shaw's EMMANUEL LEVINAS ON THE PRIORITY OF ETHICS. NDPR (September 2009).
- The Dialectics of Power, Rights, and Responsibility by Ranhilio Callangan Aquino
- Eroticizing Marx, Revolutionizing Freud: Marcuse’s Psychoanalytic Turn by Jeffry V. Ocay
- The Gewirthian Principle of Generic Consistency as a Foundation for Human Fulfillment: Unveiling a Rational Path for Moral and Political Hope by Robert A. Montaña
- The Notions of the Human Person and Human Dignity in Aquinas and Wojtyla by Jove Jim S. Aguas
- Order: Divine Principle Of Excellence or Perfect Death for Living Beings by Wendy C. Hamblet
- Negative Happiness by Adam Barkman
- Plato: White and Non-white Love by Amo Sulaiman
- Was Freud, at Heart, a Realistic Romantic? by Kathleen O’Dwyer
- Truth, Art, and the “New Sensuousness”: Understanding Heidegger’s Metaphysical Reading of Nietzsche by James Magrini
- The Death of God and Philosophy’s Untimely Gospel by Virgilio Aquino Rivas
- A Pragmatic Justification of Deduction by Melanie Rosen
- Yes to Realism! No to Non-naturalism by Ulysses T. Araña
- Reading and Accounts by Frederic Will
- Dreaming with a Hammer: On Critical Theory in the Philippines (A Philosophical Fiction) by F. P. A. Demeterio
- "Zarathustra and the Children of Abraham" by James Luchte WEB PDF
- An interview with Babette Babich by Nicholas Birns WEB PDF
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Further information is here: http://nietzschecircle.com/agonist.html.
Fourth Independent Conference, Hannah Arendt Circle, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University, April 16-18, 2010.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Minnich, Elizabeth. Review of Stephan Kampowski, ARENDT, AUGUSTINE AND THE NEW BEGINNING. NDPR (September 2009).
In political activity, then, men sail a boundless and bottomless sea: there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination. The enterprise is to keep afloat on an even keel: the sea is both friend and enemy: and the seamanship consists in using the resources of a traditional manner of behaviour in order to make a friend of every hostile occasion.It is clear that Oakeshott was a philosopher concerned not at all with what policies a government ought to adopt but with political reality as it is experienced through the haze of illusions in which we live. Unlike recent political philosophers, he was not interested in normative questions. The idea of human rights he thought a rather second-rate caricature of the inherited Common Law freedoms of English-speaking peoples. Social justice was merely a bit of political salvationism trading by its name on the real conceptions of justice found in any stable state. In most of these views, Oakeshott was part of that remarkable generation of political philosophers who lived through the totalitarian excesses of the 20th century and, after World War II, reflected on them. It is striking that those concerned with the reality of politics in that period—figures such as Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and Hannah Arendt—still speak to us more directly than more recent figures dealing in normative argument. . . . Read the rest here: http://amconmag.com/article/2009/oct/01/00024/.
Gray, John. "The Red Flag: Communism and the Making of the Modern World." NEW STATESMAN August 27, 2009.
Smith, Bruce L. R., Alan Wolfe, and Mark Lilla. "Conservativism in Academe: an Exchange." CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION September 11, 2009.
"Metaphor and the Domains of Discourse," Researching and Applying Metaphor International Association, Vrije Universiteit, June 30-July 3, 2010.
Cfp: "Oakeshott, Strauss and Vogelin," Biennial Conference, Michael Oakeshott Association, Baylor University, November 12-14, 2009.
- History of Madness. Foreword by Ian Hacking. Ed. Jean Khalfa. Trans. Jonathan Murphy and Jean Khalfa. London: Routledge, 2006.
- Madness and Civilization: a History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Pantheon, 1965.
Shelley, James. "The Concept of the Aesthetic." STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY September 11, 2009.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
"Derrida's Ghosts: Five Years After His Death," Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Università di Torino, October 7-10, 2009.
Comparisons with music seem to fit cricket better than comparisons with literature. Or perhaps we have been led to believe this is so by the writings of Neville Cardus, who thought nothing of grabbing his readers with: "And Spooner's cricket in spirit was kin with sweet music, and the singing of Elizabeth Schumann in Johann Strauss." Somehow it has always seemed more appropriate to compare a genius cricketer to Mozart, say, than to Shakespeare; even established literary figures when they occasionally wrote on the game tended to look outside their stream for analogies and comparisons. JB Priestley, for example, in his study of Garry Sobers did not see fit to bring Shakespeare into the equation as an allrounder.
So it was with some surprise that I read the subtitle of a biography of Archie Jackson. The surprise vanished when I read the author's name - David Frith, who, though certainly more literary than musical, is without the need to impress by dipping into the cauldron of cricket clichés. The subtitle? "The Keats of Cricket."
It is superbly apposite, conjuring up images that represent talent, suffering, delicacy, romance, tuberculosis and untimely death. Keats died at 25. His grave proclaims, "Here lies one whose name was writ in water." Jackson was 23 when he died, and Frith's attempt to ensure that his name is not merely writ in water is an admirable one. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/418283.html.
- INTRODUCTION by Nicola Masciandaro Abstract PDF
- BENJAMIN AT THE BARRICADES: THE ARCADES PROJECT AS COMBAT AND INTRIGUE by Erik Butler Abstract PDF
- RAYMOND ROUSSEL’S SELF HELP NOTES (A COMMENTARY ON BOB PERELMAN’S “CHRONIC MEANINGS”) by Alan Ramon Clinton Abstract PDF
- THE SOVEREIGN EXCEPTION: NOTES ON SCHMITT’S WORD THAT SOVEREIGN IS HE WHO DECIDES ON THE EXCEPTION by Bruno Gulli Abstract PDF
- PERIPHERY AND PURPOSE: THE FIFTEENTH-CENTURY RUBRICATION OF THE PILGRIMAGE OF HUMAN LIFE by Stephanie A. Viereck Gibbs Kamath Abstract PDF
- BEYOND THE SPHERE: A DIALOGIC COMMENTARY ON THE ULTIMATE SONETTO OF DANTE’S VITA NUOVA by Anna Klosowska, Nicola Masciandaro Abstract PDF
- TINTERN ABBEY, ONCE AGAIN by J. H. Prynne Abstract PDF
- NEW WORK: A PROSIMETRUM by Daniel C. Remein Abstract PDF
- PRELUDE TO A READING OF ARISTOTLE’S METAPHYSICS: BETA 1, PARAGRAPH ONE by Adam Rosen Abstract PDF
- A COMMENTARY ON THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA’S DICTÉE by Michael Stone-Richards Abstract PDF
Focus and Scope:
Glossator publishes original commentaries, editions and translations of commentaries, and essays and articles relating to the theory and history of commentary, glossing, and marginalia (catena, commentum, gemara, glossa, hypomnema, midrash, peser, pingdian, scholia, tafsir, talkhis, tika, vritti, zend, zhangju, et al). The journal aims to encourage the practice of commentary as a creative form of intellectual work and to provide a forum for dialogue and reflection on the past, present, and future of this ancient genre of writing. By aligning itself, not with any particular discipline, but with a particular mode of production, Glossator gives expression to the fact that praxis founds theory.Download the issue here: http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/glossator/issue/view/37.