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“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” – James Baldwin. The penultimate quote which perfectly captures the surreal rage that it is to be Black … Continue reading

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“The literal, the metaphorical, and the price of semiotics: An essay on philosophy of language and the doctrine of signs”

This essay by John Deely is stupendous and I note it here to impel myself to write about it.  It’s simultaneously an an all out attack on both ‘Analytic Philosophy’  and Semiology ( the obsession with language in both) but … Continue reading

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BBT again…

A couple months ago Scott Bakker wrote a column for Scientia Salon about his Blind Brain theory. I’d written an extensive response but left it unpublished. Yet again, the issue has come up now on Ed Feser’s blog and Bakker’s … Continue reading

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John Deely on Postmodernity

Postmodernity begins at the moment that thinkers decide to take seriously the notion that communication is a part of reality, that intersubjectivity is something real, and not simply an approximation that isolated consciousnesses appear to achieve because the mechanism of … Continue reading

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The BBT and Performative Contradiction

Over at Footnotes2Plato, Matt made a post linking to Adam Robbert’s Noë and Uexküll: Ecology, Style, and Meaning on Knowledge Ecology. Scott’s response to Matt is in the comments and I’m re-posting my response to Scott here. The post is … Continue reading

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Quick one

Are only “subjects” “minds” hypostatizied? Or are ‘bodies’ and ‘matter’ just as much hypostatizations? There is a growing irritation in me while re/reading and trying to come to grips with the varying reductionist materialisms out there. In essence, even from … Continue reading

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Descartes’ Demon as Scientistic Heuristic

This is all I can think of as I read Bakker expound the BBT over and over. It’s as if someone had the thought “What if I was was being deceived all along ?” and instead of using God to … Continue reading

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Some Barfieldian themes in Bruno Latour?

***Written weeks ago but left still born because well, every time I write I have the urge to write a book and explain, explain – if anyone is reading and think this is not specific enough, glib, or just garbage, … Continue reading

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7 pounds, 8 ounces.

There really isn’t enough wonder and awe in the world. Birth is incredible. Just imagining where it began, the development and then the exit – all done with little conscious effort, the body simply and actively preparing and doing what … Continue reading

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Sartre

I need to read Sartre in depth. I’ve been collecting quite a bit of books from him and have been more and more intrigued by random bits – currently nibbling, hoping to feast on his works soon. Sartre’ harsh or … Continue reading

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