Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Offering a corrective to parochial philosophy

Greek gods were assholes, which might explain the rise of rationality and the birth of Western philosophy there. And also Plato.
Do listen to episode 109 of The Seen and the Unseen, where I am joined by philosopher Rebecca Goldstein (@platobooktour): https://t.co/O4OshZh2yb

"I will go out on a limb and say you cannot properly understand Plato unless you have read some Heraclitus and Parmenides and thought hard about them."
Dr Angie Hobbs (@drangiehobbs) recommends the best works of presocratic philosophy. #ancientphilosophy

"You must explain what it is for a life to have value: until you can do that your ethical theories are empty and void."
MM McCabe, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy at King's College London, picks the best books on Socrates.

"How can we show whether the happiest life is going to be the just life or the unjust life? If we’re going to try to answer that about the individual mind or soul, let’s look at the city in big letters, like a model for the soul."
The best books on #Plato https://t.co/Kq5pz0hVbP

The Best Books on Aristotle, chosen by @edithmayhall, author of Aristotle's Way @five_books     https://t.co/oqMtYuymQL

"Philosophers, and in particular the Stoics, were persecuted by several Roman emperors. They really didn’t like this constant reminder that you should be doing better than you are doing."
@mpigliucci looks at classical #stoicism and its modern resurgence. https://t.co/br6vIcPx7U

"First of all, outside the New Testament, St Augustine is the most influential person in Western Christianity by far. Secondly, he was a wonderful, wonderful writer & a deeply passionate man." https://t.co/RhNxEaUcCH

"If you go back to Hume, Locke or Descartes, you find that they weren’t writing for professionals in university, they were writing for their educated peers. Every educated mind should be engaged with the great questions."
A C Grayling: Ideas That Matter https://t.co/Y5Qi1S3bEm

"Kant is interested in the limits to what we can know; he’s interested in the limits to what we can use pure reason to ascertain; he’s interested in the limits to what we can even think about."
Professor Adrian Moore recommends the best books on #Kant

"I think it’s the greatest work of philosophy ever written by anybody. And I’ve worked on Plato, Aristotle, Descartes; I teach Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant; and I have studied Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein."
Stephen Houlgate makes the case for #Hegel. https://t.co/jAv31iI4Dh
"It’s a mistake to think you could read Marx as a scientist or an economist without understanding the Hegelian framework of his thought. That’s why I chose to begin with Hegel."
@PeterSinger examines the best works of 19th century philosophy.

“Much of what Marx was doing has similarities with what we do in political writing today, which also involves a lot of parody and satire. ”
The best books on Marx & Marxism, a #readinglist by Terrell Carver (@TerrellCarver) https://t.co/6MjtEXTpgI

“There’s something powerfully repulsive about Nietzsche”: Simon Critchley (@CritchleyUpdate) introduces the landscape of continental philosophy #WorldPhilosophyDay #readinglist https://t.co/9VcIfZ7LZj

“Those who by-pass Wittgenstein do so to their own detriment, for they are neglecting the most original philosopher of our times."
Professor Peter Hacker examines the life and thought of Ludwig #Wittgenstein https://t.co/zC912hRVGI

"One of the great oversights when we talk about classical American philosophy is not noticing how brilliant Margaret Fuller was. Thoreau, Emerson, and Poe all considered her probably the most intelligent woman of their day."
John Kaag on US Philosophy. https://t.co/1vyUmbF33t

"I think that pragmatism is a philosophical movement that dominates philosophy in America from the early 1900s to the present day, and that Quine sits very prominently in the story."
From CS Peirce to WV Quine, Prof. Robert Talisse examines pragmatism. https://t.co/XQq5G4L51N

"Mengzi offers a conception of human nature, the virtues, and ethical cultivation that is a plausible alternative to Aristotle."
Offering a corrective to parochial philosophy departments, @BryanVanNorden discusses the best works of world philosophy

"Metaphysics came back. It reappeared sometime in the 1960s or 70s and now it’s one of the dominant areas of philosophy and people are just doing metaphysics unashamedly," says @timcrane102 https://t.co/pNcphYG4Yq

"In chemistry you might learn about different kinds of chemical changes. In metaphysics you ask ‘What is change? How is change possible?’"
Philosopher Tim Crane demystifies the field of analytic metaphysics. https://t.co/eHqWwFg9rG

"I don’t see the subject as restricted to nerdy philosophical papers in refereed journals. Some of the most important contributions have been literary."
British philosopher Nigel Warburton (@philosophybites) picks the best introductions to philosophy. https://t.co/144ZVaPrRz

"We mustn’t assume that our intuitive picture of the mind is correct. If we want to understand the mind as it really is, then we must go beyond armchair reflection and engage with the science of the mind and brain."
@keithfrankish on philosophy of mind.

“Imagine how you would design society if your enemy were to decide your place in it”
Jonathan Wolff of the @BlavatnikSchool on what he considers to be the five best works of political philosophy. https://t.co/2IFxokQFce

"Darwin's idea, that the same processes occurring slowly and steadily today also have been active throughout Earth history, slowly but steadily shaping the landscape, is known as uniformitarianism."
Happy Darwin Day. Here's @adammaloof on Earth History: https://t.co/FiapqPLw33

ICYMI: Once every 10,000 years, a black hole in a galaxy reveals itself by ripping apart a passing star. These tidal disruption events have given astronomers a new way to map the hidden cosmos. https://t.co/R3NughPo2h

Virgin Galactic reaches space again – this time with a passenger https://t.co/k9SGi3SOYm https://t.co/qR2NVxrvJN

Victoria-ORF Kolkata inter-university debate — Has social media opened up the public space? https://t.co/2IGgix1mf7 https://t.co/YxQ2POqlq7

Social science researchers who want to study the internet in India using data mining and analytic techniques are challenged by constraints in #access, and the availability of #bigdata https://t.co/eIZ8HxrEoy

Indian literature and Indian Philosophy both will flourish by embracing the ideas of "Yeats".  - Prof. Margaret Mills Harper @MakrandParanspe https://t.co/TqA5GGVQmc

Because she inspires lust and sexuality in men, she rules over childbirth and midwives. She is lust, which is not seen as bad or sinful in Nahua, or Aztec philosophy, but rather as something potentially dangerous and disordering. Rather, sex and sexuality are sacred. https://t.co/TVbAeKwU6i
Tlazolteotl, who is also known as Ixquina, the Filth Eater. She is the Teotl of disorder, of trash, of chaos and excess. However, she is also rules over sexuality. She is unordered nature, which is what is meant by Tlazolli; she represents chaos which awaits order. https://t.co/fNK66qP8l1

the Orchid and the rOse: Bruno Ganz, Gary Gutting, and Roderick MacFarquhar https://t.co/aWwcgyZYJQ
Because Thou Art: Art ought to be an enabler https://t.co/K7AWNqsMTC 
Savitri Era: I won't allow anyone to wash my feet https://t.co/BeOE0J36sm by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar

Does Śāntideva think bodhisattvas are happy? - A while ago William Edelglass put up a paper for discussion on academia.edu about Śāntideva and happiness. I made some … Continue reading

13 problems of Sankhya; Vedanta proposed Brahman - The shared accent patterns between Greek and Vedic indicate that these patterns are older than both, and certainly not anything newly introduced after Pāṇ...

The secularist killjoy: A reply to Schaefer and Smith - I am grateful to Donovan Schaefer and Caleb Smith for their productive, provocative responses. Both in their different ways have written about debunking an...

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vedantic philosophy in a political context

Knowledge, consciousness and religious conversion in Lonergan and Aurobindo - Page 179Michael T. McLaughlin - 2003 - 318 pages
Aurobindo's monism in which the One differentiates itself in time and space (extension) as finite souls in the infinite has many similarities with Schelling in his work Bruno. He refers to this process of differentiation of the One as ...

Debashish Banerji, ‎Makarand R. Paranjape - 2016 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
... stage when the autopoietic entity achieves a state of functional integration where its elements express their powers not merely as parts of the whole but as co-adapting superpositionalities of the whole. In comparison, Sri Aurobindo's monism ...
H. L. Kalia - 2002 - ‎Preview
... it has given us a new outlook on the world; it has set his stamp on one of the major stages in the development of planetology It was a kind of integral vision of the reality, similar to that of Aurobindo, but without falling into Aurobindo's monism.
Jan Feys - 1973 - ‎Snippet view
This more literal rendering of Advaita underlines the absence of any dual principle, which corresponds to the negative aspect of Aurobindo's monism. However, Aurobindo himself does not use that term to characterise his system. 26 There is ...
1972 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
Hence Ignorance is a form of Knowledge, Pain a form of Bliss, and Death of Life : these paradoxes find their metaphysical justification in Sri Aurobindo's monism. The transformation of death into life, and not death's elimination, squares best ...
Kolappa Pillay Kanakasabhapathi Pillay - 1957 - ‎Snippet view
But such a relation is possible only when a duality between consciousness and unconsciousness is assumed, which assumption would be contrary to Aurobindo's monism. Mind, which is supposed to be a link between vitalised matter on the ...
J. Chetany - 1978 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
61 It was a kind of integral vision of the reality, similar to that of Aurobindo, but without falling into Aurobindo's monism. Such an idea cannot be simply transliterated, but needs deep study since "to be content to transliterate is merely illiterate.
David Scott - 2014 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
The first full introduction to Simondon's seminal work. A chapter-by-chapter commentary takes you through the text of Psychic and Collective Individuation, clarifying its complex terminology and structure.
Sri Aurobindo - 2007 - ‎No preview - ‎More editions
The writing of this book has afforded him pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general.
Ted Honderich - 2015 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
Eighteen of the world's most eminent philosophers of recent years tackle central questions of philosophy in this collection of the prestigious annual lectures given at the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London.

Aurobindo has tried to interpret some of the spiritual concepts of Vedantic philosophy in a political context. ... Advaitism, or the conception of a monistic spiritual absolute, has been considered in modern Indian thought as the foundation of a ...