I am a dumb writer, perhaps one of the dumbest that’s ever lived. Whenever I have an idea, I question myself whether it is sufficiently dumb. I ask myself, is it possible that this, in any way, could be considered smart? If the answer is no, I proceed. I don’t write anything new or original. I copy pre-existing texts and move information from one place to another. A child could do what I do, but wouldn’t dare to for fear of being called stupid.
Here is Graham “The Sniper” Harman in action:
The French philosopher and novelist Tristan Garcia was born in Toulouse in 1981. This makes him rather young to have written such an imaginative work of systematic philosophy as Forme et objet, the latest entry in the MétaphysiqueS series at Presses universitaires de France. But this reference to Garcia’s youthfulness is not a form of condescension: by publishing a complete system of philosophy in the grand style, he has already done what none of us in the older generation of speculative realists has done so far. His book is sophisticated, erudite, rigorous, imaginatively rich, and abundant in worldly wisdom– despite the author’s conclusion that wisdom does not exist.
Always on to some new untranslated work that will forever change philosophy and so on. Reading new books that no one read yet and praising them to heavens. Beautiful.
Question: Can I publish the same article twice?
Answer: Of course you can. You can publish the same article thrice. Some scholars publish the same article (or the same book) over and over again their entire life. No need to worry about this, kid.
Question: Post Hegelian philosophy?
Answer: There is no such thing. Whoever told you to look it up is an idiot – punch him in the face.
Question: If you can put your five finders through it…
Answer: …it’s not an object anymore – contact your local object-oriented philosopher to inquire about what to do next.
Question: Learning German to read Hegel…
Answer: …is a waste of your time. It will take most of your life and by the time you are good at it, you’ll realize you wasted most of your life on a useless skill. It’s like learning French to read Derrida or learning Russian to read Dostoevsky. Get a life!
Interesting piece at Salon about wages, unions and workers:
As Oil Can Eddie pointed out, a class consciousness discourages office workers from unionizing. There’s a popular discounting company in Chicago called Groupon, where the account executives — who are all expected to have bachelors’ degrees — earn $37,800 a year. Adjusted for modern dollars, that’s about Stanley’s starting wage, without overtime. Because they’re educated and sit safely at desks, they don’t think of themselves as blue-collar mopes who need to strike for higher pay and better working conditions.
Interesting piece on the upcoming MLA convention in Chicago:
They’ll all be there: muckety-mucks whose rings ache for kissing; frazzled early-career professors angling for tenure; and, of course, hordes of desperate graduate students and barely employed Ph.D.s, hoping to break into what everyone actually calls “the profession.”
Metaphysik – Metakritik – Neubegründung der Erkenntnis
Der Ertrag der Denkbewegung von Kant zu Hegel
Mataphysics – Critique of metaphysics – New Foundation for knowledge
Legacy of the intellectual development from Kant to Hegel
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When the cheerful fellows from An und für sich raised their collective eyebrows at The Global Center for Advanced Studies (must be read with exaggerated tone of admiration and worshipfulness), they got 200 comments to their original post. Most were attempts to defend this new and exciting graduate school that aimed to fight the old system with some new and innovative ideas.
Now that the school released its secret plans for revolutionizing education and it’s a series of paid online courses, it’s appropriate to mention that some unknown French thinker called Jacques Rancière is joining the chorus of haters:
Here is an interesting discussion of Rancière’s interview.
UPDATE: Here is the beautiful revolutionary innovation in action (the first five minutes are priceless):