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by d63
Mon May 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Dear diary moment 5/6/2019: I’ve lately (from the perspective of a Metaphysics of Efficiency: that which is maximized by minimizing the differential between input and output (been thinking a lot about what goes on at the deepest and most micro level of things. It seems to me that, at that level, thi...
by d63
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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In order to fully understand the dynamic at work here, we have to understand Žižek’s point about jouissance in The Plague of Fantasies. As he explains, we tend to experience pleasure through the pleasure of the other. We do it, for instance, through our children, grandchildren, and our pets. We even...
by d63
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“But to appreciate fully the inventiveness of right-wing populism, we have to turn to the master class of the Old South. The slaveholder created a quintessential form of democratic feudalism, turning the white majority into a lordly class, sharing in the privileges and prerogatives of governing the ...
by d63
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“But to appreciate fully the inventiveness of right-wing populism, we have to turn to the master class of the Old South. The slaveholder created a quintessential form of democratic feudalism, turning the white majority into a lordly class, sharing in the privileges and prerogatives of governing the ...
by d63
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“For that is what conservatism is: a meditation on— and theoretical rendition of— the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.” -Robin, Corey. The Reactionary Mind (p. 4). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition. Think MAGA-Trolls here. This is the very reaso...
by d63
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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Dear Diary Moment 3/14/2019: Lately I’ve been going through the latest issue of Philosophy Now which focuses on mind and self. And the most telling thing about the experience is how I feel like I’m just shutting down throughout it all –how I’m hardly inspired. And do not get me wrong: this is not so...
by d63
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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Last week on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver offered one of his typically spot on (sometimes profound (takes on our contemporary economy. What he crystallized for me is that what we’re dealing with as concerns Trump’s hardcore followers is a fantasy world in which we go back to the old manufacturing ...
by d63
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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"Although the "ruling class" disagrees with the populists' moral agenda, it tolerates the "moral war" as a means of keeping the lower classes in check, that is, it enables the latter to articulate their fury without disturbing the economic status quo. What this means is that the culture war is a cla...
by d63
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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"Economists have a singular method of procedure. There are only two kinds of institutions for them, artificial and natural. The institutions of feudalism are artificial institutions, those of the bourgeoisie are natural institutions. In this, they resemble the theologians, who likewise establish two...
by d63
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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" I can summarize my attempt to split the difference between Lyotard and Habermas by saying that this Deweyan attempt to make concrete concerns with the daily problems of one's community -social engineering- the substitute for traditional religion seems to me to embody Lyotard's postmodernist "incre...
by d63
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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Dear Diary Moment 1/31/2019: One of the things that are getting crystallized in my present immersion in Rorty’s Essays on Heidegger and Others is the import of metaphor as a means of changing belief systems. But in order to understand it, I have to put in the context of the other two means Rorty pre...
by d63
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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Dear Diary Moment 1/27/2019: "To my mind, the persistence on the left of this notion of "radical critique" is an unfortunate residue of the scientistic conception of philosophy. Neither the idea of penetrating to a reality behind the appearances, nor that of theoretical foundations for politics, coh...
by d63
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“More specifically, it [the metaphorical approach to changing belief systems] is to think of truth as something as something that is not already within us. Rather, it is something which may only become available to us thanks to an idiosyncratic genius. Such a conception of truth legitimizes auditory...
by d63
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:06 am
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Dear Diary Moment 1/22/2019: Today (on HBO (I watched the movie Brexit: a dramatization of the processes that went on behind Brexit. (And I’m quite sure my jam-mates David John and Christopher Vaughn will take an interest: how I tag ya, bro's.) I would first say that it is a movie that I would recom...
by d63
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 388
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... And excuse me for mansplaining here, but what this comes down to is the right always entering the discourse at a disadvantage. Imagine a discourse between three people: the first one argues that in order for us to have a just society we have to take care of the needs of the least fortunate amon...