November 23, 2005

I received this from a friend a couple years ago for Thanksgiving. I’ve been wanting to write about consumerism issues for a while and always find myself too spaced out and/or inarticulate whenever I begin to think of them. I guess that considering Friday is to be the biggest shopping day of the year I might try to put down a few thoughts.First, I feel horribly trapped in this excessively consumerist society. I see people who are barely getting by… Read more

November 23, 2005

From Nacho’s comment here:Here’s something else to discuss:Impermanence, as a mark of existence, truly slices through notions of the persistence of anything (this does not mean obduracy of our imaginations nor of what we deem real), just that its nature is flux, not solidity, nor unchangingness. Hence, no self exists because we have impermanence. This business of impermanence renders the world full of suffering (this is what Lacan calls Lack). These condition each other in the here and now.My friend… Read more

November 21, 2005

I’m reading Heinrich Heine’s book “Religion and Philosophy in Germany”, which is actually a collection of essays he wrote in Paris between 1831-1856. It is written in the most lucid and beautiful prose I have come across in a long time. No wonder, Heine was a celebrated poet and literary critic, not a philosopher. However, the philosophy comes through beautifully as well, certainly with no more idiosyncrasies than in any philosopher who writes of prior thinkers. He writes with the… Read more

November 14, 2005

In a strange moment today I looked back over my history of relationships with women; and with the thought and mental image of each one I felt what can only be described as love. Each of them smiled at me in my mind; I smiled back, and we shared just one fleeting moment of pure, honest love.All of this philosophy, both here and in my academic life, can lead to a certain hardening. We debate, we define, we judge. Our… Read more

November 12, 2005

I’m starting a new post for Zen Unbound’s questions. I’m hoping my somewhat arbitrary new posting and parsing of previous posts is helpful, especially for readers who are not heavily schooled in all of this stuff.From the comments of Postmodernism and Buddhism, some new questions arise.The discussion so far. Questions:Is postmodernism foundational? Is Buddhism foundational? And if so, what is the nature of this “something extra?” and how do you “get at it?”Are transgressional novels representative of postmodernity? Putting aside,… Read more

November 12, 2005

I’ve seen lots of fill-in-your-own questionnaires on blogs, but never felt the need to toss one on my own blog. Until now. The main reason is Balance. The theoretical discussion of late has been fantastic (my heartfelt thanks to Zen Unbound and Nacho along with others who have chimed in and/or got us started), but it is a bit heady, and I just found this on one of my favorite local blogs and thought that this is the time for… Read more

November 10, 2005

More on Postmodernism (the last of it, thankfully) See here to get started.Nacho wrote, “I don’t think PoMo is nihilistic, but I also think that Nihilism gets a bad rap. Nihilism about what?”Good point – The word Nihilism is abused today almost as much as freedom. But I think the case of the Postmodernists (or rather their objectors) is that there is Truth which is independent of our designation of it, and if you reject this completely you’re a nihilist…. Read more

November 10, 2005

More Postmodernism (see the last post to get started or jump in here).Nacho wrote, “What those basic themes do is really open up a three-pronged crisis (Norman Denzin): 1) A crisis of Representation (we cannot capture direct lived experience. Such experience is constituted textually. This renders the connection between experience and text problematic also). 2) A crisis of Legitimation ( if we have a crisis of representation, how do we legitimate validity, generalizability, etc.), and 3) A crisis of Praxis… Read more

November 10, 2005

Amongst other topics, there has been a recent surge in talk on Postmodernism here so I thought I should dedicate a post to it. I would love to see comments with links to further reading (as I know all of this could baloon into endless exegesis on our parts, and I for one don’t have time for that!)First read the third comment here for Nacho’s full intro to Postmodernism. My own scattered comments can be found elsewhere, but aren’t worth… Read more

November 6, 2005

I think I’m in the midst of some kind of intellectual spasms at the moment. I had been chained and confined (my energy channeled) in academia for the last 5 years, and now, my dissertation completed and taking only two graduate courses, I feel a certain intellectual openness.Of course, that is not necessarily a good thing. I could just flounder, absorbing bits and pieces from a dozen different perspectives without understanding them as whole systems, and fade out into obscurantism.It’s… Read more

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