Monthly Archives: March 2010

harman to review bennett

I learned today at Graham Harman’s blog that he will review Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter. Now that’s what I call productive, interdisciplinary dialogue.

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inaccurate amazon listings

If I may speak hyperbolically for a moment, few things irritate me more than when somene in Amazon’s Marketplace lists their book as either Very Good or Like New and then indicates that there is some underlining, highlighting, or note-taking … Continue reading

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some final remarks on bennett’s vibrant matter

First, it’s nice that Bennett is not afraid to promote a modest degree of anthropomorphism with respect to objects, even if this promotion is simply a rhetorical maneuver. Rhetorically, it lends object a force that they are often denied. It … Continue reading

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e.a. poe film, featuring joaquin phoenix

I’ve delivered more than one conference paper on the philosophy of Edgar Allan Poe, so I was more than delighted to hear that Joaquin Phoenix would be starring in a new film about the author. Thanks to Graham Harman for … Continue reading

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a touch of irony: leiter

There’s a bit of irony in Leiter’s recent post about whether or not prosepctive graduate students should heed the disparaging comments that faculty from one school level at faculty from another school. Leiter seems right about this, but his rightness sheds … Continue reading

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weakness of democracy: a thought experiment

Imagine a stretch of road that gets lots of traffic and is heavily traveled during the morning and afternoon commute. The road is windy at parts, has numerous intersections, and some nearly blind turns that can become dangerous if traffic … Continue reading

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lotringer on glenn beck

There’s a piece in the Times about how Glenn Beck’s mentioning of The Coming Insurrection (Semiotext(e), 2009) boosted the book’s sales tremendously. Beck finds the book to be quite ‘evil’, as one would assume, although the best line comes from … Continue reading

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the event of indifference

Pat has a telling, and humorous (I think), post up about the perils of studying for the comprehensive exam. Here.

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same film, minor alterations

The bonus question on a recent ethics exam I gave read: ‘In Crimes and Misdemeanors, what food did Cliff pass to Halley when they were in the movie theatre?” One of my students answered: the $5 box from Taco Bell. … Continue reading

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brighouse on why a philosophy department

Post is up at Crooked Timber.

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