Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sri Aurobindo deems Whitman as the true successor to Shelly

5. Sociologist: Georg Simmel, especially his book on the philosophy of money.
6. Political philosopher: Wilhelm von Humboldt, The Limits of State Action, which to this day remains one of the best statements of libertarian political philosophy.  
7. Playwright: Lessing's Nathan the Wise is a beautiful plea for tolerance.  Bertolt Brecht was a compelling writer despite his communist politics. 
8. Poet: Rilke.
9. Philosopher: Schopenhauer and Hegel both taught in Berlin.  Even Hegel, while he is full of gobbledy-gook, is brilliant on a frequent basis.  Don't start with Phenomenology of Spirit.  At the very least, read Schopenhauer's aphorisms.

F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom shot to #1 in sales of all books yesterday on  Wow!  At the time I put this link in this morning it still ranks #1 and at $9.35 it is a steal for the definitive edition that Caldwell edited.

Amazon listings from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman)
My first two zerO Books (November) are now up on Amazon. […] CIRCUS PHILOSOPHICUS, delightfully, is only $9.95.
TOWARDS SPECULATIVE REALISM, quite a bit longer, is $16.95.

The Vibrant Matter reading group has moved over to Ben Woodard's Naught Thought this week. […] Is it that Bennett's thesis -- about the liveliness of matter -- is not as controversial as it initially appears, or as forcefully articulated as it could have been?...

My long-awaited magnum opus on the philosophy of awkwardness is now available for pre-order on Amazon, both .com and It’s cheap at $12.95, and if you pre-order, Amazon will only charge you the lowest price that the book reaches between now and the release date. 

Continuing the tripartite meanings of being, the epochal understanding, from Lee Braver's A Thing of This World.

The reason I am talking about Catholics here is because of the subtitle of Bender's book:Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination. The evocation of the singular here—“the American religious imagination”—points to an enduring question about how American religions and religion, in the present and the past, are conceptualized. In particular, the singular articulates the resilient assumption that the subject of American religion or American spirituality is sufficiently plumbed by studying groups of evangelical or liberal (or post-evangelical and post-liberal) Protestants. . . . The irony here is that as Bender moves more deeply into the experiential world of the new metaphysicals, she begins to describe their ways of being religious in terms that strike me as Catholic.

Aravamundan writes: “The precision of his Guru English enabled a spiritual counter-thrust against his Western colonial masters”., while also recognizing the democratic and cosmopolitan influences in his text. “Aurobindo deems…..Whitman as the true successor to Shelly, because of Whitman’s foresight that can include the cosmic, universal and the democratic within its vision” rc

Humanity, and the individuals who make up humanity, have gained tremendous power and benefit from the ability to treat material things as separate, distinct things and manipulate the properties, focus and use of those things for immediate results. There is clearly and without doubt, a real practical truth, and a real and palpable benefit from treating material objects as distinct and separate forms. […] reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 3, The Eternal and the Individual

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