Earlier this month, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edmund Husserl
(born April 8, 1859; yesterday marks the anniversary of his death in 1938), the Husserl Archives
in Leuven, Belgium, hosted a conference
(audio files of the keynotes are available: here's Robert Sokolowski on "Husserl on First Philosophy"
) in his honor. Husserl's influence
on philosophy is difficult to overstate, and continues to this day: as the founder of phenomenology
, his contributions to logic
, philosophy of mathematics
, psychology, philosophy of mind
, epistemology, existentialism, and many
other areas of thought
, has been immense
posted by ornate insect
on Apr 28, 2009 -
The PhilSci Archive
is an electronic archive
for preprints in the philosophy of science. The goal of the Archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work.
posted by aniola
on Apr 7, 2009 -
I both loved and resented that wealth of warmth which Elisabeth brought to me in those unexpected hours of the night. I was usually in the midst of a sound sleep when she got into my bed, and thrilling as I found the ministrations of her fat little fingers, it also meant my being kept awake for hours and hours. Besides, though in my conscious nature I knew nothing about what was going on, I must have had a feeling that my sister was bringing to my life as accomplished facts sensations whose real value to a boy was in their being discovered as part of the experience of growing up. She was presenting me with triumphs I should by right attain only by my own efforts in a much more restricted world… [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Mar 20, 2009 -
Explore the History of the Ancient Greek World
from the Neolithic to the Classical Period. Covering important topics, such as Art and Architecture
, Culture and Society
, Poetry, Olympics
, History Periods
, Philosophy, Playwrights, Kings and Rulers
of Ancient Greece.
posted by netbros
on Feb 21, 2009 -
Sparks of Life.
"That the electric 'spark of life' figured prominently in debates over the nature of life in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is well known. Less well known is the fact that prior to this period, gunpowder was often identified with the substances that were necessary to life, if not as a vitalistic spirit, then as an essential element in the animation of the body. The idea of a spark of life went back to ancient times, likening living beings to the glowing embers of a fire. In the Old Testament, for example, the wise woman of Tekoah begs for the life of her son, pleading 'they will stamp out my last live ember.' But from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, this vital flame was often equated with gunpowder. There was fire in the blood: not electric, but pyrotechnic fire."
posted by homunculus
on Feb 20, 2009 -
The Right to Walk Away
Has panarchist thinking finally come of age in 2009? With world leaders of big governments failing to find any new solutions to old problems, should we have the right to walk away from those governments?
posted by stuffedspacedog
on Feb 2, 2009 -
has just launched PhilPapers
, a directory of nearly 200,000 online papers in philosophy. This is a jawdropping and amazing resource for philosophical research. For evidence of the scope of this project and the care that has been given to it, see the taxonomy of philosophy
that was developed for the site.
posted by painquale
on Jan 28, 2009 -
"Courage is the ennabling virtue for any philosopher,"
says Cornel West
in this clip from The Examined Life
, a film by Astra Taylor
. Peter Singer
talks about the morality of consumption and how we should spend our money, as he did in this NY Times Magazine essay
published two years ago today. Given the internecine violence in the Congo
, for example, Singer's 1971 essay, Famine, Affluence, and Morality
is worth a second (or first) look. The film features several other contemporary philosophers, including Judith Butler
, Kwame Anthony Appiah
, and Slavoj Zizek
. Of course, people looking for a more musical version of philosophy, could forgo the film and just watch this Monty Python bit
posted by cal71
on Dec 17, 2008 -
First Person Plural.
"An evolving approach to the science of pleasure suggests that each of us contains multiple selves—all with different desires, and all fighting for control. If this is right, the pursuit of happiness becomes even trickier. Can one self bind another self if the two want different things? Are you always better off when a Good Self wins? And should outsiders, such as employers and policy makers, get into the fray?" [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Oct 25, 2008 -
would be one of the choicest blogs around if he updated more, but I suppose I can settle for what there is. If you've never read it, you'll know how good it is when I tell you about a few of the coolest posts: an inquest
on "left-brained" literature, a short review
of John Williams' Stoner
, an appreciation
of the great Shohei Imamura and three part coverage
of the ultimate film, Béla Tarr's Sátántangó
posted by colinmarshall
on Oct 19, 2008 -