Faceless Life

When prodded for some details about his biography Michel Henry responded:

I would like to tell you how much I feel stripped away by the very idea of a biography. For one who thinks that the true self for us all is a no-worldly self, foreign to every empirical or objective determination, the attempt to approach him through these kinds of reference points seems to be problematic. The history of a man, the circumstances which surround him, are they anything other than a sort of mask, more or less flattering, that he and others agree to put on his face–he who, at bottom, has no face.

I think I like this…

To Bike Or Not To Bike.

bikeI live about 6 miles away from campus, but on the other side of town (not quite, but certainly that’s how I imagine it).  There is a nice bike trail that goes almost all the way from where I live to campus.  I have a bicycle, I have an interest in biking to campus.  I’m not sure I have enough will though.  Walking to the train station and taking it to campus is easier and it only takes about an hour from leaving the house to entering the classroom.  If I were to bike to work, I’d have to leave slightly earlier and I’d have a new strange experience of urban bicycle commuting which has its charm but still… I’ll decide tomorrow.  It might be fun.

Justice w/ Michael Sandel

I saw this article in NYT and I found this slick website – philosophy never looked so cool, it seems (and so sponsored by a delicious juice). In fact, this looks to me like a dawn of new tele-philosophy – Would it be great to turn on your TV late at night and catch a philosophical sermon on substance and accidents? ?If only philosophers looked after themselves a bit and weren’t in their majority balding and slightly overweight losers…

Only two lectures are available at this point, but more are coming. Continue reading

The Red Book

Here‘s something to start your week off, a long piece in NYT about the infamous Jung’s “red book”:

The book tells the story of Jung trying to face down his own demons as they emerged from the shadows. The results are humiliating, sometimes unsavory. In it, Jung travels the land of the dead, falls in love with a woman he later realizes is his sister, gets squeezed by a giant serpent and, in one terrifying moment, eats the liver of a little child. (“I swallow with desperate efforts — it is impossible — once again and once again — I almost faint — it is done.”) At one point, even the devil criticizes Jung as hateful.

Well, the story is long and interesting, but now that the book is finally coming out in October, you can judge for yourself. That is, of course, if you have an extra $195 laying around.

I Hear Drums, I Hear Bass.

I’m possibly the last person from our bunch who still occasionally reads the always entertaining Object-Oriented Philosophy blog with its eternal host Graham Harman. I admit it, I can’t stop myself, it’s fascinating. But I have to object to one observation by the all-knowing master, this does not sound like drum’n’bass at all, and as a former aficionado of this excellent genre, I’ d like to register my protestation. I’m not linking to Harman’s post, I don’t want the angry professor to go after me. I know he probably threw it in to impress the kids, but still. This is what real drum’n’bass (which is a specific rhythmic pattern, not a presence of drums and basses) sounds like. Just sayin’…

SPEP 2009 Program

Speaking of program’s being available. SPEP 2009 program is here. Again, some interesting papers, familiar names, intriguing paper titles. There are definite sessions I would go to, if I were attending. Like this one:

Session 2: What Should We Do with Our Brain?
Georgetown Moderator: Elizabeth Rottenberg, DePaul University
Speaker: Daniel Smith, Purdue University
Speaker: Hugh Silverman, Stony Brook University
Respondent: Catherine Malabou, Université de Paris X-Nanterre Continue reading