Monthly Archives: April 2013

Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy

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Tiny Phenomenology #1

My eye just twitched. But (most likely because I am looking at a bright screen in a dark room [no frame of reference]), rather then experiencing it as an eye twitch, the entire world appeared to twist clockwise about 30 degrees for about one second. Tiny Phenomenology.

Leon Trotsky: “Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism”

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Boston, we wish to make clear that the revolutionary socialist workers movement – of which we are a part – is now and has always been opposed to the philosophy of terrorism as a means of revolutionary change.  This early essay by the great Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky is an excellent outline of the revolutionary Marxist attitude towards terrorism.

IWPCHI

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Leon Trotsky
Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism
(November 1911)

Originally published in German in Der Kampf, November 1911.
Originally transcribed for the Philisophy/History Archive, which is now the Philosophy Section of the Marxists’ Internet Archive.
Proofread by Einde O’Callaghan, November 2006.

Our class enemies are in the habit of complaining about our terrorism. What they mean by this is rather unclear. They would like to label all the activities of the proletariat directed against the class enemy’s interests as terrorism. The…

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The Phenomenology and Science of Emotions

News From Boston

Thoughts go out to friends and family in Boston as news continues to arrive from Boston regarding the tragedy. At least two appear to have been killed and approx. 100 injured, from as many as 4 devices.

[edit 04/16: the numbers appear to have shifted to 3 deaths, 150 injuries.]

Lasers vs. Robots

This week the Us Navy has successfully tested an anti-drone laser in the Persian Gulf. You have read correctly, lasers have shot down a robot-plane. We have now officially entered the world of Science Fiction. Where is this technology leading?

I can’t help but think of this recent Onion article.

The “Fundamentalist” as Other

I recently attended the Subverting the Norm II conference in Springfield, Missouri–a fantastic conference, which opened up significant dialogue. In the context of a panel on the “Death of God,” a surprisingly heated debate arose among the panel attendants regarding the proper theological relationship to conservativism. To what extent, it was asked, do radical, liberal, or emergent theologians (broadly speaking, the theological left) posit or create an Other in the form of the “conservative,” the “fundamentalist,” or the “evangelical”? Does the theological left rely upon a posited opponent or enemy who we can rail against with impunity, who we can demonize or, speaking simply, hate?

The defenders of the left sought to argue for the distinction between the critic and the prophet, the former stands outside of a community, posits this community as an opponent or Other, while the latter stands within the community, lives with and among the community. But, is such an distinction sufficient for eliminating what might be called the scapegoating of the right by the left? How can we on the left remain theologically honest, without becoming ideologically violent toward our Other?

Merleau-Ponty: Into the Future

New Blog Name: “The Space Beyond Being”

New Blog name, no new url though, don’t want to lose all my links here and about.