Saturday, September 9, 2017

summer 2017

beautiful days here, but...

Close to mind for me are all the folks who live in the path of hurricanes, heat waves, fires, and famines—climate change that can’t be reversed soon, no matter how suddenly the entire world might turn its attention to humane political economics. Of course, humanity is blocked by capitalist avarice and autocracy.

Friday, July 28, 2017

a note about Heidegger and the university

Heidegger’s interest in transforming the university began relatively early in his career. For example: In a passionate letter to Karl Löwith, August 1921 (Heidegger was already 31!), he was very intent that...
the old university cannot be overcome [through merely replacing] the “intellectualism” of fossilized lecturers [with] individuals whom one considers to be richer, more lively, and deeper; instead it can be overcome only by returning to the origins of action in what has survived in contemporary facticity and by deciding for oneself what one can do....we [are to] sacrifice ourselves and find our way back into our existential limitation and facticity rather than reflecting our way off into programs and universal problems....

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Want: balancing desire (ideality)
and need (“reality”)

When I’m facing a backlog of “home work” (life management chores), that causes updating of the site home page to be brief—though such “facing” is an interesting theme. 

 Pragmatically speaking—in a sense of balancing ideal (creative) interests and
real (life managerial) interests—a conception of “balancing” is always at least implicit for actually living well (real-ly); and is appealing as a topic for thinking (creative-ly). 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

site development as creative process

Earlier this month, I uploaded a page from 2007 that’s very important to me: “Flows in living well”; and 30 old Habermasian postings, explained on a page about it all. The two pages are briefly explained in the update note for June 13.

Friday, June 16, 2017

spring 2017

June 13:

Many discursive postings that I did in a blog that I never promoted have been put into this blog and our evolving—over 150 deliberative postings (and fun ones, for example: bizarre, more bizarre, and lightly wise). Those are postings prior to 2010 or so, tagged at each blog (by Web site Area at our evolving, more obliquely here).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

a note on liminality of being

This week, a professional mime talked about the nature of performance for the PBS News Hour (link, at the end here, after I enstance my own frame on it).
His is an artistic take on performance, but its implicit value to me includes its dramatizing how all action is performance: We do things, either at a distance of self in the stance toward the action (particular intent); or/and with a frame (or perspective) on the situation that’s relevant to action. We tailor our action (at least implicitly) to be apt in a twofold way: apt to our limited intention (stance) and apt for the situation (relevant frame). We make stances toward enacting by limiting our intent. We make frames toward acting dressed by what’s suitable.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

“To be clear, this was reality, not ‘SNL.’”

My title is a line in the Washington Post article about last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. Clarity is good.

Getting to the clearing may be difficult for some sensibilities; e.g., seeing the unbearable uncanniness of one’s ordinariness (not to mention the unbearable persistence of viciousness, etc.)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

creative process, event of appropriation

My landscape of topics ahead feels so rich that I want to enjoy not yet deciding where to go next. Like having a clear conception of a painting, which doesn’t determine what part to begin with or to work on next, a story may be written from scenic designs that pop up with no hint yet where in a grand narrative they are to belong. Voices play around. A jazz of characters play their lives, while the painter-writer-composer documents in witness...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

on “the experience of thinking”

Poetry, Language, Thought begins with a piece titled “The Thinker as Poet.”
The original is titled by Heidegger “Aus der Erfahrung des Denkens” (1947): “From the experience of thinking.” It’s part of a collection of short pieces titled The Experience of Thinking. So, “The Thinker as Poet” is the heart—one might surmise—of The Thinker as Poet—if one surmises that the title is not intended to be read as “From The Experience of Thinking.”

Indeed, the last writing that Heidegger distributed (as far as I know), 1973, was a dwelling with a sentence from Parmenides which opens with a quotation from “The Thinker as Poet.” No wonder, then, that it appears first in the 1971 collection of essays for English reading audiences that is prevalently concerned with poetic thinking.

Friday, March 3, 2017

winter 2017

March 3

My February 18 home page update note was made into a posting today that anticipates a website area, “the Trump show in American government.”

Friday, January 20, 2017

puzzle of a disseminated identity, gestating narrative

You know it: countless conversations in a week—short conversations
with countless others. So, who are you, relative to that, specifically?

There’s no way to know, because (1) no one person records it all; and
(2) who’s got the time anyway to congeal so much?