Added my latest publication to my PhilPeople profile. It discusses some of the robust resources we can draw from schools of ancient philosophy for understanding and managing anger in philosophical practice
#Anger #Philosophy #Platonism #Aristotle #Stoicism #Epicureanism #Emotion
Anselm's Monologion is a meditation on what human beings can know about the divine substance, and he thinks that love is central to that knowledge as well as a response to it. Here's a Sadler's Lectures podcast episode on that!
Cailin O'Connor, Sanford Goldberg, and Alvin Goldman have updated their SEP-entry on Social Epistemology, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/epistemology-social/
The former version of Reflective Equilibrium has been replaced by Carl Knight's new entry, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/reflective-equilibrium/
People hold a lot of different beliefs.
But we live in a real world that is not contingent upon human belief systems.
The more we understand about the world, and the more our beliefs align with that understanding, the better our chances of thriving for the long-term.
A spiritual master is a vanishing mediator who gives you back to yourself ...
When we listen to a true leader, we discover what we want (or rather, what we always already wanted without knowing it).
A Master is needed because we cannot accede to our freedom directly – to gain access we have to be pushed from outside,
since our ‘natural state’ is one of inert hedonism.
— Slavoj Žižek
A friend asked me which five songs I would choose if I could listen to no other song but those five for the rest of my life. An impossible task, really. Beyond your wedding song, if you truly loved it, what do you choose? Hard rock? Dance music? Introspective music? Singalong songs? Jazz? Classical? Death metal? Do you go with the first five you think of? The five most played on your p
#Lifestyle #Culture #Music #Philosophy
Rishi Sunak is trying to pull the wool over our eyes on Rwanda by using the classical bad philosophy of the ontological argument… https://www.philosophyunleashed.com/theblog/171-rishi-sunaks-ontological-argument-rwanda-and-the-greatest-fallacy-of-which-we-can-conceive
The essay as a whole, with its nostalgia for more "well rounded" philosophers less locked into narrow research niches, made me think about Max Weber. Consider this passage for example:
>>Behind all the present discussions of the foundations of the educational system , the struggle of the "specialist type of man"against the older type of "cultivated man" is hidden at some decisive point. This fight is determined by the irresistibly expanding bureaucratization of all public and private relations of authority and by the ever-increasing importance of expert and specialized knowledge. This fight intrudes into all intimate cultural questions.<<
(Gerth and Mills, "From Max Weber", 243)
I'm still trying to make up my mind about Weber’s thinking on rationalization and the “iron cage” of modernity. Nevertheless, I’m convinced Weber can help us address the questions that Lyons raises in her essay.
A certain kind of cultural conservative will react to all this by urging those in higher education to focus their attention on "Great Books".
Far be it from me to cavil against anybody reading Aristotle, Hobbes, or Adam Smith, yet I am against this type of conservative approach for two reasons.
In the first place, the "Great Books" canon is irresponsibly narrow. How can we claim to be educating students if we are not helping them grapple with Fanon, for example? I know this kind of objection has been made a million times before over the past thirty years, but it still bears repeating! ( I'm not a Fanon fan, in case you're wondering, but he is an important source for anticolonial thought).
My second objection to the conservative Great Books approach grows from fear that it cuts students off from so much twentieth and twenty first century work in philosophy and intellectual history.
Reflection about the the possibility of a scientific understanding of human society or what Aristotle, Hobbes, or Adam Smith were actually claiming should be informed by recent scholarly work in the disciplines I mentioned.
I don't have a lot of time for Alain De Botton, and much less still for attempts to portray some psychopath with an MBA as a Nietzschean ubermensch.
Yet I wonder if we should be quite as dismissive of philosophy presented as self help. After all, many of the philosophers of antiquity, whose works the author is unpleasantly surprised to find shelved with self-help books in stores, thought of themselves not as scholars working on problems or even primarily literary artists but as searchers after a better way of living.
i have not yet read Pierre Hadot's book "Philosophy As A Way Of Life", but it might well be relevant here.
The author's view of philosophy today as divisible into narrow specialization on the one hand and vapid pop philosophy on the other seems misleading to me.
In fact, you can find philosophers teaching future managers whether they should consider the interests of shareholders alone rather than those of stakeholders, future health professionals the ramifications of informed consent, and future army officers ways to think about "proportionality" and "necessity".
In short, philosophers today practice in spots other than the ivory tower or the market place.
I have a number of thoughts on this essay, which is definitely worth reading if you have any interest in the humanities.
Since when is philosophy a branch of the self-help industry? | Aeon Essays
Let's talk about brexit! Do you ever wonder how it has come to this? Read and reflect!
I’m fascinated by the excuses bigotry needs to defend its existence.
“Oh that’s just the culture.”
“They’re old and from a different time.”
“The religion says to do it…what do you mean the holy book doesn’t say that?… ok the religious leader says to do it.”
“She didn’t see many of /those people/ growing up.”
Yet to be a decent human requires no logical somersaults, no justification, no rationalization.
Maybe someone who knows #philosophy & is smarter than me can show what I don’t see.
Is my mind entirely contained within my head? Or does it extend into the physical world, integrating tools, data, and relationships as part of my thought process?
I really enjoyed Andy Clark and David Chalmers's paper on this topic: https://consc.net/papers/extended.html
For them, the boundaries we draw are artificial. Cognition, belief, and identity are fluid things that can be spread across the many parts of a dynamical system. The brain learns and evolves to adapt to its environment, leveraging whatever cognitive aids are out there, and investing brain power only on the tasks that can't be solved reliably in some other way.
I think this very relevant to disability. I love the idea that physical aids and extensions can be thought of as part of the self. I like how it centers accomplishing some task, without concern for how it gets done. A person's biological constraints don't have to limit their thoughts, abilities, or personhood.
There's nothing defeatist about accepting the conditions of your situation or the availability and limitations of the tools at your disposal.
There's nothing hopeful about pretending you have options that don't actually exist or that are exceedingly impractical or unlikely.
There's nothing helpful about pretending that you have power when you don't, or conversely, that you don't have any power at all.
There's nothing to be gained by assuming that everyone with more power than you has unlimited power.
My advice for you today... Don't do Five, Take the Four Star.
Once a place gets exceedingly popular then it gets too crowded, whereas a place practically next door, with still very good ratings, will sit quietly. Choose the place next door, you won't be disappointed, and your overall experience will be better.
One of the first online academic classes I designed and taught is World Views and Values. I developed an open enrollment version for the general public, offered in Study With Sadler Academy
More than argument, logic is the very structure of reality
The patterns of reality
Some have thought that logic will one day be completed and all its problems solved. Now we know it is an endless task
A Practical Reason to Meditate. Taken from a Dharma Talk by Zen Master Sebastian Rizzon on 9/21/2023. @buddhism @dharma @dhamma #zen #zenmaster #dharma #buddhist #Buddha #meditation #meditate #buddhism #mind #heart #spirituality #creation #thinking #karma #flowstate #spiritualjourney #love #compassion #koan #zenstories #selfhelp #knowledge #wisdom #philosophy #life #truth #clearmind #awakening #mantra #beginningmind https://youtube.com/shorts/kuuLD0I-5QU
It was a delight to join #EmilyStrand, with whom I co-edited the anthologies Star Trek: Essays Exploring the Final Frontier and Star Wars: Essays Exploring a Galaxy Far, Far Away (both 2023 from #VernonPress), to talk #StarTrek and #StarWars with the #DiceInMind podcast.
Dice in Mind is a #podcast hosted by #BradBrowne and #JasonKaufman that explores the intersection of life, #games, #science, #music, #philosophy, and #creativity through interviews with leading creatives.
Here is the episode!
Getting close to the end of the series of podcast episodes on Anselm's work, the Monologion. Here's a Sadler's Lectures on the analogy between the rational human mind and the divine trinity.
Interestingly prescient, excepting the equanimity part. 😀
"There are leaders who seduce us because they do not have the conflicts that we have; we admire their equanimity where we feel shame and humiliation." Ernest Becker *The Denial of Death*
➡️ New issue of Krisis
Krisis is an open access journal for contemporary philosophy that publishes contributions that employ philosophy in understanding current societal, cultural and political developments 🌍📰🔍🤔. It's published by University of Groningen Press (UGP).
As Editor of Philosophical Psychology I am delighted to announce that Peter Finocchiaro & Timothy Perrine won the Lex Academic® Essay Prize for Understanding Linguistic #Discrimination with their free access paper, “Linguistic justice in academic philosophy” https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2023.2284243 This is part of the journal's ongoing commitment to #justice and #diversity in academic #philosophy @philosophy
We are delighted to announce that the winning paper for the Lex Academic® Essay Prize for Understanding #LinguisticDiscrimination is “Linguistic #justice in academic #philosophy” by Peter Finocchiaro & Timothy Perrine. The paper has been published online free access https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2023.2284243 , and will appear in print in a special issue dedicated to Understanding #Bias, guest edited by Katherine Puddifoot. @philosophy
"I think, therefore I am."
"Why do you always have to make it about you, René?"
- his girlfriend
It was a pleasure to join @DrLeighMJohnson, @JasonReadunemployednegativity, and @rickleephilos on the Hotel Bar Sessions podcast ( @hotelbarpodcast ) to talk about #Philosophy, #Leadership, and #PubliclyEngagedScholarship. We focused on the Charting Pathways of Intellectual Leadership model of tenure and promotion that we're implementing in the @msucal. #CPIL #HigherEd
The Visionaries tells the story of four indomitable women who pursued their their own visions of a truly free and open society at a time of brutal authoritarianism and cataclysmic war. #Philosophy
Another peaceful #morning to all of you #thinkers, #philosophy lovers, #spiritual people. Remember, the universe didn't have to wake you up today, so let's be thankful we get to see at least one more day. Here is your morning #mantra.
#photography for today is the sunset from the top of the Eiffel Tower I took back in May!
1 hour until my #taoism class starts! https://www.youtube.com/live/RDKR82KlFXo?si=utds--9P2cN0AoK2
Reflection #3: Against metaphysical possibility.
In which I explain logical, metaphysical and physical possibility; argue that these are not gradations of possibility but merely a classificatory system that depends on the details of our practices; and argue that metaphysical possibility is not a subject matter for #philosophy
"As Aristotle put it, the beginning of philosophy is wonder. I am simply amazed to find myself living on a ball of rock that swings around an immense spherical fire. I am more amazed that I am a maze—a complex wiggliness, an arabesque of tubes, filaments, cells, fibers, and films that are various kinds of palpitation in this stream of liquid energy." ~ Alan Watts
Logical fallacy tagging is now integral to military intelligence systems:
This after listening to a recent #YouAreNotSoSmart episode which covered https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ (episode #273, "The Conspiracy Test", https://youarenotsosmart.com/2023/11/12/yanss-273-how-to-test-just-how-much-you-and-your-friends-and-family-do-or-do-not-believe-in-a-variety-of-conspiracy-theories/)
The #AI industry turns against its favorite #philosophy, #effective_altruism
A new (and again quite long) philosophical reflection, this time called "Normativity and Korsgaard". I criticise certain ways of thinking about morality, reasons, and moral laws; and end with some vague remarks about love.
“If you’ve ever really wanted to appreciate something, and I mean get down to the essence of it with tweezers and a magnifying glass, find yourself deprived of something for a reasonable amount of time, and its beauty, or lack thereof, will be revealed. There are very few things that can stand the test of time compared to the romantic mythologies we create in our minds.”
He asks you now: would you prefer this to real life?
Nozick assumes you don't & uses that as a justification against (#ethical) hedonists.
He never tested his #hypothesis.
History of rhetoric musings:
What if the philosophers weren’t afraid that people would agree with the sophists?
What if instead they were afraid that people would see that the philosopher’s already did agree, claiming as truth what they would and discarding as abject and universal error any imagined futures that might move society toward close to equity?
It isn’t that right/wrong distinctions are arbitrary. And at the same time, it there isn't some objective and universally agreed to measure of right/wrong.
It is more that good/bad distinctions are complex and nuanced and situated. And a sophistic practice can encourage us to speak up to unsettle current distributions of power and privilege: other ways are possible.
A highly recommended read, short but intense - The World Itself by Ulf Danielsson
Most #books with a subtitle like "Consciousness and the Everything of Physics" are, frankly, cringe-inducing woo woo nonsense to the educated reader. This one, IMO, isn't. The author is a string theorist and the rigor in his reasoning and language are laudable. He may not be right, but he's not handwaving. No specialized knowledge is needed, just interest.
@bookstodon "In a way, both sides of the debate were directly and indirectly responding to World War II. The absurdity of wartime led many to the view that all this talk of principles, ideals, and values was bullshit. At the same time, the horrors of Nazism stirred many toward an even stronger moral sense. Evil was real. And any attempt to turn it into mere personal preference couldn’t last a minute outside the walls of academia."
"...with particular reference to sexuality "If thy eye offend thee,
pluck it out." Fortunately no Christian acts in accordance with
this precept." - Nietzsche.
I wonder what he would have made of the Skoptsy? 😀
I have binged through the second season of The Vow and cults have been on my mind a lot since then... this edit is just a joke but I do enjoy roleplaying corruption and mind control a lot!
I've been thinking of bringing more of my movie/media nerdism into my work... like reviews, spoofs/skits and such🤔
As a tryout, I've got a little game...
Can you guess all the movie/tv show references in this?🤓 (all mind control related)
Some people are saying things like "Maybe you'll give up on Mastodon". They get it wrong. It is not about giving up on Mastodon;
I will never give up on my servers.
I will never give up on my loved ones.
Would you? Give up on your loved ones, I mean? What's the point in that?
Trying something new on my website: off-the-cuff philosophical reflections. Thought processes put down on virtual paper. This first installment is about the nature of judgement (in the sense of 'judging something to be true') and how in interrelates with practical contexts.
The general rule for these things is: what I write may be confusing to you, or raise questions, but ask me anything, at any level; or give me suggestions. #philosophy
"All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves."
─ Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
About me: #introduction #presentation
Country: México 🇲🇽
Major: Computer Systems Engineering
I can code in:
Interests: #GNU_Linux, #FOSS, #Software Development, #Music, Languages/Linguistics, Mycology
Hobbies: Music production, language learning, reading, videogames, video/film production, #philosophy
I also have accounts in: Mastodon, Lemmy, PeerTube
There's been a recent bout of people talking about #freewill and #determinism. Perhaps because of Sapolsky's book (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58902324-determined)?
But so much of the discussion I see is grounded in a very strange conception of free will. For many people, “free will” means that a mind must have the power to bypass causation and alter reality purely because it wants to, without any external influences.
This is very silly. It's secret dualism. It's like saying free will only exists if my transcendent soul can reach into the universe (from outside?) and arbitrarily tinker with physics. Science tells us that this sort of free will does not exist. But rather than throw out the concept entirely, maybe we just need a better definition?
When talking #philosophy it’s so important to establish good definitions.
In these troubling, confusing times, it could well behove us to embrace ambivalence, or "composite viewpoints" as someone called it in Mark O'Connell's documentary on the subject:
O'Connell also wrote Notes from an Apocalypse which may be of interest.
97% of ARI’s revenue comes from contributors like you and me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal.
Hello! I made social.coop my new Fediverse home. I already followed some folks here, looking forward to get to know others!
My name is Gabriel and I am from Costa Rica. I currently live in Spain.
I write #software for a living and for fun. I have other interests, such as #plants and #ecology, playing #music, reading #philosophy and #socialscience, and practicing #permaculture, #agroforestry, and #simpleliving.
"Philosophy is perfectly right in saying that life must be understood backward. But then one forgets the other clause—that it must be lived forward."
Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard died #OTD in 1855. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual," giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment.
Søren Kierkegaard at PG:
Austrian economics (or the Austrian school of economics) is #libertarian #philosophy masquerading as a school of economic thought. This school is notable for its lack of formal mathematical modeling and empirical testing. Among its more unusual traits, the Austrian school draws its conclusions based on deduction and thought experiments, rather than data. In place of the conventional tools of science, the Austrian School favors a narrative approach called "praxeology". Despite its shortcomings, some less nutty features of the Austrian School have leaked into mainstream economics while the more nutty have found a home at libertarian think tanks (Cato Institute and Ludwig von Mises Institute).
Bill Gates just wrote a piece about future #HCI.
Google DeepMind just demonstrated that transformers don't generalize well outside their training set.
The question I have is, what if these agents are really good at doing things they learned about, but not in new things?
Will we end up with a static world of people doing only things the AI can do?
What will happen to what Arthur Kessler called 'blue' thoughts?
oh #daemon of #laplace, we summon thy, lord of #thermodynamics, dark prince of #causality, thine shall be #entropy to all eternity ...eternity? is that even possible?! how .. why .. .. .. .. O_o ... ... ... ...
I'm #antifascist, and a #nocar person, and from that I think it is easy to conclude on the rest of my political views. If in doubt, please ask. Be prepared that most of my views are leaning #left - Hegelian.
Having worked in #ops and considering myself as #philosophy nerd for years, I am currently looking into #dev and #infosec a bit more to find a more sustainable way of living as I am sure that humankind needs to change in that regards, and these four have to play a major role in that change.
Sad news. Enrique Dussel, in my view the greatest philosopher of the late C20 and early C21, has died.
I wrote this short introduction several years ago: https://globalsocialtheory.org/thinkers/dussel-enrique/
He was a true polymath, a founder of the #Philosophy of #Liberation, a reinterpreter of the history of America, who also pioneered research, based on primary sources, on Marx's approach.
He stood with all the oppressed and excluded Others.
Murió a los 88 años Enrique #Dussel, - NODAL
Hi, Emil here. I'm a lvl 30+ Tundra Wolf #furry roaming the European Continent. 🇪🇺 🐺 🏳️🌈
Formerly a musician, my main trade is electrical engineering (power engineering, energy systems) as well as mathematics, and I've been known to make and post artworks and write from time to time. (I'll probably make an art account at some point).
Fuck Nazis. Be excellent to each other.
Chapter six of Virtually Real: being in cyberspace is up today at my blog at https://ooze.net/virtually-real-being-in-cyberspace/6-virtual-reality/. You can follow my blog at @ooze
In this chapter I truly become one with my avatar as he is framed for murder. This disorder has fatal consequences. Are we our avatars or are they us? Is it avatars all the way down?