This is done from a constructivist, pragmatist perspective, inspired by the American pragmatist philosophers, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, among others. I try to use philosophy as a perspective for understanding present society. The focus is on dynamics: change of knowledge (invention), meaning, society, and organization.
In October 2016 the blog received the award of belonging to the top 100 philosophy blogs.
Bundles of blogHere are bundles of items from the blog, sorted by theme. Now and then I add new pieces from the blog to the bundles.
6. Love, 46. Intolerance and altruism, 52. History of the self, 53. Narcissism, 54. Self interest, 55. Self and other, 56. Humanism, 57. The value of difference, 60. Nietzsche’s error, 61. Levinas: Philosophy of the other, 65. Otherhumanism, 66. The value of collaboration, 76. How much community?, 108. The self as work in progress, 121. How does love work, 122. Commitment and choice, 124. Art, love and God, 134. Notions of the self, 205. Parochial altruism, 209. Identity and altruism in networks, 233. Constructive alienation, 315. Heuristics and relationships, 321. Adaptiveness.
Extended November 2018
68. Trust, what is it?, 69. Sources of trust, 70. Forms of identification, 72. Uncertainty and openness, 73. Psychology of trust, 74. Roles of a go-between, 75. Horizontal control, 107. Hope and trust, 123. The destruction of distrust, 164. Trust as virtue, 196. Trust under stress, 292. The virtues of trust, 293. The rhetoric of trust, 321. Adaptiveness, 324. Perverse control, 325. A crisis of trust, 366. How to extend the boundaries of trust, 377. Trust in Japan and the US, 393. Openness, transparency and trust. 397. Power, dependence, control and trust.
15. The human condition, 20. The Enlightenment, 21. Problems with the Enlightenment, 22. Romanticism, 24. Body and mind, 39. The good life, 40. Being in the world, 56. Humanism, 65. Otherhumanism, 77. Beyond Enlightenment and Romanticism, 116. Reason in the rise and fall of civilization, 197. Back to Enlightenment values?, 257. Liberal communitarianism, 309. Being involved, 313. From outcome to process, 318. Escape from routine, 320. Emergence, 328. Averson to love’s labour loss.
80. Art, 81. Serenity or exuberance?, 82. Evolution in nature and art, 83. Art and nature, 84. The universal and the specific in art, 88. Wabi Sabi, 89. Aesthetic judgement, 90. Ethics and education, 91. Stability and change, art and sex, 92. Free will and literature, 120. Does reading literature produce good people?, 124. Art, love and God, 252. Hermeneutics and literature, 273. Philosophy, science, and literature, 314. Imperfecting poetry, 329. Art and hope.
40. Being in the world, 90. Ethics, art and education, 108. The self as work in progress, 146. Meaning nihilism, 170. Wittgenstein and Heidegger as ethical opposites, 242. What response to fascism?, 243. Heidegger and Levinas.
335. Understanding Žižek: Psychology of politics, 336. Hidden things and selves, 337. Hidden social order, 338. The Other as threat or opportunity?, 339. Authoritarianism or democracy, 340. Levels of freedom revisited, 341. Dealing with democracy, 342. Process philosophy, 344. Žižek: Beyond Lacan, 345. Žižek: Hitler abd Stalin, 346. The crisis of capitalism, 347. Žižek: Between capitalism and centralized bureaucracy, 348. Double negation of the market, 349. Democracy and marlet: are they compatible?, 350. Žižek and Devisch: understanding empathy, 351. When is tolerance tolerable, 352, Žižek: what does he want, 353. Žižek and basic income, 354, Reading Hegel, 355. The universal and its particulars, 356. Dialectics on the move. .
356. Dialectics on the move, 357. The sucess of failure, 358. Existence, 359. What things, 360. Do objects have an essence, 361. Incomplete specification, 362. Relational ontology, 363. The causality of concepts, 364. Dynamic ontology