Saturday, March 23, 2019

spring 2019

See the site home page for the current update.

I’ve uploaded a lot in recent weeks (tens of pages, prior to the end of February). Now I’m eager to work in new directions. I can’t predict when I’ll feel it’s time to post more to share, but I’ll stay in touch with “check-in” dates indicated on my home page, above the signature line there.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

winter 2019

What do you read in a text’s silence? “For a sound silence” is about others’ “Heidegger.”

March 4, 2019 | What do you read in the silent, attentive listener? Or the silent, attentive therapist? “Thinking of Heidegger teaching” is precursory (occasioned by a letter to someone), but a good introduction to my employment of Heidegger. I’ll perform some close reading of Heidegger-in-English, eventually; but probably not this spring. (I did so much close reading—from decades back to recent years of the “Heidegger affair”—that he’s part of the way I am. Yet, I don’t live in the middle of the 20th century.)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

for a sound silence

I’m saddened that Heidegger’s texts are still objects for broad stroke journalistic polemic, rather than opportunities for philosophy. Heidegger wasn’t being poetic when he appealed to the unmet need for thinking. He appreciated the realities of European nihilism that had led the German university to appease, if not vocally support, the transition of Germany into another war, leading to the Holocaust, echoing in Cold War tendencies toward military-industrial disaster.

Friday, January 4, 2019

What’s a good story of a “worthwhile” life?

Basically, what matters is that living be worthwhile. Something like that is taken for granted, for most folks, without care about definitions. Life goes on, life is, and it’s all too busy too often for time available. The varieties of worthwhile life are too many to cover in any scale of journaling or literature.

I want to suppose an ambitious ideal, for my own purposes—not one I expect others to accept, but it’s admirable, I’m sure. I want to simply refer to “worth-while life” with some specificity that pleases me for other discussions that refer
to “worthwhile life” and merely link here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

autumn 2018

I’ve given lots of time, the past couple of months, to commenting at news articles, especially New York Times articles and the Washington Post (and other sites, too). I keep a copy of each comment, because I carefully write my comments before posting them.

That has resulted in a large archive of comments (over 50K words, so far) that I’ll love to organize into topic areas someday (or weave into upcoming topics).

The fun continues, exemplified by today’s constitutional law posting.

Monday, October 8, 2018

capsulating a tropography

News that Google+ is closing down caused me to post the following there (modified now for here):

If you have conceptual interest in individuation, creativity, phenomenality, tropology, literary humanism, conceptuality as such, metaphilosophy, post-logocentric philology, standard topics in theoretical humanities (e.g., value theory, philosophy of mind, cultural psychology, theory of “Truth” [in standard philosophical senses]), pragmatism, bioscience, anthropology, metascience, public policy, historiology, Heidegger, philosophy of education and health care, philosophy of law, Jürgen Habermas, evolutionary theory, political progressivity, community development, good government, planet management (sustainability), S.E.T.I., and enough writerly eccentricity that I risk losing credibility, re: views on all of the above areas, then do stay in touch.

After all, the ultimate meaning of life is to 
have fun.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

summer 2018

If I regard the commercialism of “social networking” platforms (in the margins and in “pushed” content) in conjunction with the so common frivolity of personal content on them, I feel nausea in the fingers—and feel thankful for solitude.