existentialism

NVC Reading notes #3

NVC Reading notes #3

Reading Chapters 1 and 2 of NVC we come fully and squarely up against the peculiarity of Klossowski’s text.  The discussion interprets and does so using a swathe of textual evidence but the interpretation is not a gentle teasing out of an argument, a kind of ‘efficient paraphrasing’, rather it is a positioned interpretation.  That is, it offers a reading… Read more →

Naive notes on crowned anarchy

Naive notes on crowned anarchy

To call life itself just or unjust, to conceive life as samsara or suffering, is to judge life and to do so from outside life, from some position which is the ground of a judgement. To encounter life, respond to it, is inevitable and not all responses are equal, this much is inevitable. Too often, however, this encounter and response… Read more →

Phenomenology and typewriters

So today I’m talking to the students in my existentialism class about the phenomenological moment, the encounter with the given which is presupposed in any account of how we encounter the world and which gives us back the world from a skeptical move which might try to doubt it or suggest it’s an illusion.  As part of this I was… Read more →

The iPod lecture circuit - Los Angeles Times

The iPod lecture circuit – Los Angeles Times

This is an interesting article about the new upsurge in podcasted lectures.  the Dreyfus lectures are really very interesting, though I have been listening more to his lectures on Heidegger than on Existentialism, perhaps because I am teaching existentialism so didn’t want to get too distracted…having said that, at least once in my own lectures I’ve commented on what Dreyfus… Read more →

Levinas, language and subsumption

Levinas, language and subsumption

In a recent post at Accursed Share,  Joshua poses Levinas’ critique of Heidegger as rooted in the limitations of comprehension, even the extended notion of comprehension to be found in Heidegger’s work.  His post is based on a reading of Levinas’ essay “Is ontology fundamental?” (Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings: pp1-32 – henceforth BPW).   He is clear and concise is… Read more →

Movement and the Knights within 'Fear and Trembling'

Movement and the Knights within ‘Fear and Trembling’

It is perhaps dangerous to be too assertive when giving an account of Kierkegaard. There’s a whole series of multiple meanings and possibly even the odd trap and foil for the unsuspecting, though less so than in Nietzsche. To think on from Kierkegaard, however, is to grant oneself a license to be wrong about what he said but still right… Read more →

practice of objective reality

practice of objective reality

(questions in note form that are partly naive and part of my current work, questions as connections, as the objective reality of a thinking practice) “Thus Marx, rather than Kierkegaard or Hegel, is right, since he asserts with Kierkegaard the specificity of human existence and, along with Hegel, takes the concrete man in his objective reality.” (Sartre, The search for… Read more →

Kierkegaard philosophy carnival

I’ve been off ill for a couple of weeks, bad enough to have to cancel last weeks set of lectures (apologies to students but unavoidable I’m afraid), though during that time there was of course the usual ongoing work which I’m now catching up on. Amongst the things that need doing is passing on news of the new Kierkegaard Philosophy… Read more →

Robert Pirsig interview ...

Robert Pirsig interview …

… in the Guardian online, over here. “Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a 30,000 page menu and no food.” Pirsig is an interesting character.  I’ve read both the motorbike and the boat book and confess to thinking of him as a bit of a new age character, even though one that derives from Western philosophy.  It’s a… Read more →