Monthly Archives: September 2012

CFP: ‘Between Heidegger, Levinas & Derrida’, Dublin


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In Memoriam: John R. Silber


There are obituaries in the NY Times, the Boston Herald, and the Washington Post.

Silber was President of Boston University from 1971-1976. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale in 1956, be became assistant professor of philosophy at UT-Austin in 1957, was chair of the  department from 1962-1967, and was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1967-1970.

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Union Busting at Duquesne University?

Unacceptable.  Duquesne University appears to be using its religious affiliation with the Spiritans in order to bypass its legal obligations, see here.  This is union busting plain and simple, whether or not it is clothed in religious garb.  Think that the adjuncts don’t have legitimate complaints?

““If you teach the maximum permitted number of courses, you make $10,000 a year, which is below the poverty line,” said Dr. Sowards, who became one of the union drive’s organizers. The salary represents four courses a year at a rate of $2,500 per course.

Another issue was health care. “We don’t have any,” Dr. Sowards said. And then there was job security. “Our contracts are written in such a way that the university can cancel our courses at any time for any reason, and you have no assurance that you can teach from one semester to the next. We have people who have been teaching here 25 years and never know if they have a job next semester.””

Don’t make me regret coming here.

Blingee’d Michel Henry

Michel Henry

I couldn’t resist.  Glitter Theology.  Go there.

Blingee’d Jean-Luc Marion

Jean-Luc Marion

Everyone everywhere, drop what you are doing and go to Glitter Theology.

Michel Henry on Scientism

“The flight from oneself is the heading under which one can classify almost everything that is happening right before our eyes.  This is not in science in itself, which is entirely positive in the knowledge of nature that it defines through its procedures.  But, as we have sufficiently insisted, it is the belief that the Galilean science of nature is the only possible knowledge and the only real truth, such that there is no other reality, as true reality, besides the objects of this science.  As a result, the human being would only be real under these terms and all knowledge of the human being would only be a mode or a form of this single science.  Here an ideology–scientism and positivism–replaces science, but it is through this ideology that the world comes to be grasped as a scientific world.”

-Michel Henry, Barbarism

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Hubert Dreyfus on Existential Phenomenology

Special thanks to Aware of Awareness, for bringing this video to my attention.



LOGOS 2013: Theorizing about God – Realism in Theology
May 9-11, 2013 at the University of Notre Dame
Theological realism is a hot topic nowadays, and is interestingly related to issues about religious pluralism. These debates bear obvious connections to debates about realism and anti-realism in science, as well as to issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of language about ontological commitment and related topics, and with the theological literature on the nature of doctrine. These are the sorts of issues that will be in focus at this workshop.
To have your paper considered for presentation at Logos 2013, please submit an abstract of the paper or the paper itself no later than October 15, 2012.  Other things being equal, preference will be given to those who submit full papers by the deadline.  We will let you know by December 1, 2012 whether your paper has been provisionally accepted.  Full…

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