Wolff’s Deutsche Metaphysik (Online)

Christian Wolff’s Vernünfftige Gedancken von Gott, der Welt und der Seele des Menschen, auch allen Dingen überhaupt that is also referred to as Deutsche Metaphysik is on Google Books – there are several editions, some are horrible scans, but this one looks very nice and clean (with only some pages poorly scanned here and there). This book was basically a major textbook that someone like Kant would read in order to “get into” metaphysics – fun read, I think…

While I Was Napping: More Realism Wars™

Unfortunately for me, I’ve missed a post on Speculative Heresy from some days ago on realism – with some remarks there and on his own blog, Alexei responds to the post as well. I would like to address only a couple of things in the post, things that I believe would be a misunderstanding of my own position on all things realism, if the post in fact addressed them to me, which it does not, so this is just a hypothetical situation. Nick writes: Continue reading

Our Relationship to Doorknobs is an Aggresive One: Lucas Murgida

Instead of a paper catalog, 667 Shotwell made a short documentary about Bay Area artist Lucas Murgida:


Opening Friday May 1, 2009 7 – 10 PM

667 Shotwell
between 20th and 21st St
May 1 – 30, 2009

Lucas Murgida’s performances and interventions are generally regarded as generous, challenging, difficult to look at, and at the same time, impossible to ignore.  Muster yourself to 667 Shotwell to navigate his new installation and experience the past and future predictions of both the artist and audience.  There will also be beer.

To learn more about Lucas and his work please visit: www.lucasmurgida.com.

To learn more about 667 Shotwell Projects please visit: http://www.667shotwell.com/Projects.html

Future of the Book.

I’m not really buying it yet, all that talk of e-books and Kindle and stuff, but the author makes some interesting observations

Credit goes to two key developments: the breakthrough success of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader, and the maturation of the Google Book Search service, which now offers close to 10 million titles, including many obscure and out-of-print works that Google has scanned. As a result, 2009 may well prove to be the most significant year in the evolution of the book since Gutenberg hammered out his original Bible.

If so, if the future is about to be rewritten, the big question becomes: How?

My usual concern with Kindle is, for example, that in order to read my multiple PDFs I will need to upload them to Amazon.com and then convert them – “for a small fee” – into Kindle format, which is not my thing (paying for stuff, you know, especially if you already own it). I think once there’s a cheap and unattached device out there, I would certainly consider buying it, although I doubt that it would replace the actual books. I think in the future, if you buy a new book, it should come with a small disk with a searchable PDF of the book which will eliminate the need for indexes (and graduate students everywhere will be doing something else for their professors). 

Anyone has a Kindle out there and wants to share the experience?

WTF News: Hitler As A Management Guru

This strange story from Daily Telegraph is odd (and somewhat disturbing): 

Booksellers told The Daily Telegraph that while it is regarded in most countries as a ‘Nazi Bible’, in India it is considered a management guide in the mould of Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese”.

Sales of the book over the last six months topped 10,000 in New Delhi alone, according to leading stores, who said it appeared to be becoming more popular with every year.

Several said the surge in sales was due to demand from students who see it as a self-improvement and management strategy guide for aspiring business leaders, and who were happy to cite it as an inspiration.

“Students are increasingly coming in asking for it and we’re happy to sell it to them,” said Sohin Lakhani, owner of Mumbai-based Embassy books who reprints Mein Kampf every quarter and shrugs off any moral issues in publishing the book.

I think the strange part is that Hitler’s book is a manual of sorts, but we all know what came out of it, don’t we? This time however it’s business students, not politicians, who are interested – what does it say about the global economy that new markets like India are into Hilter? I mean next thing you know is they are going to read Zizek and then clearly the world will be all but over, right?

Executive Decree Of Faith: On Kant’s Decisionism.

As I have stated earlier, Kant’s critical project is full of legal metaphors, especially when it comes to claims to legitimate use of reason. While reading an essay by George di Giovanni recently (“Faith Without Religion, Religion Without Faith: Kant and Hegel on Religion” from Journal of the History of Philosophy, 41:3, 2003, 365-83), I came across an interesting passage that got me thinking again about the “executive decrees” which would be my humble and possibly misguided attempt at translating the German die Machtsprüche: Continue reading