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an analogy

The reduction is to phenomenology what the rejection of correlationism is to speculative realism.

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on schools of thought

Thomas’s comment on my previous post got me thinking about how phenomenology is often cast as a school of thought or a ‘movement’. The same thing can be said about pragmatism, and in many ways (although this may ring as … Continue reading

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what use is phenomenology?

Side Effects has a post up which raises questions about the values and ideology lurking within the phenomenological movement. The post comes on the heels of the recent meeting of the Merleau-Ponty Circle, which I was supposed to present at … Continue reading

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oh, grow up

Education is about growth. Meaning what? The movement is from immaturity to maturity in thinking, analytical skill, problem management, intellectual ability, and so forth. But education is not about the fulfillment of an intellectual destiny, at least not for Dewey. Immaturity … Continue reading

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‘take joy in your digressions’

Massumi on the virtue of not knowing where you’re headed: ‘If you know where you will end up when you begin, nothing happens in the meantime. You have to be willing to surprise yourself writing things you didn’t think you … Continue reading

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massumi on academic writing

This passage from Brian Massumi‘s Parables for the Virtual says a bit about why we do and do not continue to pursue academics, and what it means to apply an affirmative methodology: ‘If you don’t enjoy concepts and writing and don’t … Continue reading

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getting back to arguments

For some time now I’ve been writing a dissertation in phenomenology which deals particularly with Levinas and Merleau-Ponty. Not only is the phenomenologist’s argumentative mode one which adduces its evidence, rather than deducing or inducing, it tends to forgo the … Continue reading

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