L.A. Kauffman has a nice article on the lineage of the consensus model: The Theology of Consensus | Jacobin.
Daily Nous took reader questions and put them to editors at Oxford University Press, Broadview Press, Cambridge University Press, MIT Press, Princeton University Press, Routledge, and SUNY Press. That’s quite a range of different kinds of publishers, and a lot of the answers are surely helpful for those not necessarily publishing in philosophy.
If there is a specter haunting the academy, it is the repeated paraphrasing of Marx’s opening to the Communist Manifesto. (See, for example, this opening to Gianni Vattimo’s recent Parrhesia article, “What need? What metaphysics?”)
Thanks to various people on FB for the link. The best part is her description of translating Of Grammatology: she’s 25, hasn’t had a philosophy course at any previous point, then sees the French book advertised in some catalogue. She then, with no background in translating French, gets a year off to get the background she needed, writes the monograph-sized intro, and, of course, translate one of the more complicated texts around at the time. Amazing.
By Elizabeth Kolbert. It happens I was reading this past weekend much of Kelly Oliver’s new Earth & World: Philosophy after the Apollo Missions, which, as the title suggests, frames her elegant discussions of notions of the world in Kant, Heidegger, Arendt, and Derrida with a depiction of how our view of Earth changed in light of the early Apollo missions. In any case, Kolbert’s essay is a nice look at strange hope for a future “colonization” of Mars–a dubious proposition at best given technological limitations and the limitations of our bodies–at the same time we’re just about done with destroying this one. It’s also a good example of moving from of moving from the Fordist state model of space travel (5% of 1960s US budgets went to NASA, an unthinkable sum now in the age of austerity) to a neoliberal one, where it’s up to a few billionaires and their pipe dreams to get us back to the moon or indeed beyond. We used to have communal dreams of “conquering space” and “colonizing” the moon or Mars (surely someone’s done a critical analysis of those tropes); now it’s a private whim for those who want to one-up their fellow 1%ers in terms of private planes…
Editor Ullrich Haase has curated a nice selection of articles, open access until the end of the year, from The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. One could build a whole phenomenology course around just these offerings from Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy, Dastur, Claire Colebrook, and others.
This was posted a week or so ago, but is still a good overall view of what he has been working on. He’s recently published Why the World Does not Exist and Fields of Sense, both out in the last three months. (Not sure a philosopher arguing the world doesn’t exist should have such a self-regarding photo for this interview, but he’s up to interesting work.)
Lot’s of good reading this Memorial Day weekend (I’m in Canada but I can still celebrate by ignoring emails and simply take a few days for nothing but reading). Anyway, “Four Fundamental Aspects of the Reversal of Platonism,” at academia.edu is a good summation of what “Platonism” has come to mean in post-Nietzschean philosophy.
A funny piece in Slate: Fake universities and diploma programs: A story in stock photos..
An interesting discussion of Latour’s Gaia discussions: No Borders Metaphysics: Gaia, human-earthbound war and animism as deconstructors of the political theology of the moderns.