Friday, September 19, 2014

a book anyone interested in naturalism ought to get

Two Metaphysical Naturalisms: Aristotle and Justus Buchler, coming out in November 2014 through Lexington Books (same date/month as A Philosophy of Sacred Nature: Prospects for Ecstatic Naturalism).

The books TOC is worth copying/pasting below, as is the description.  I *must* get this book.

Two Metaphysical Naturalisms: Aristotle and Justus Buchler provides an American naturalist reading of Aristotle's "Metaphysics" with extensive literary-philological considerations of the original Greek text. Victorino Tejera defines and evaluates the underpinnings of the systematic metaphysics of Justus Buchler through the American tradition of reading Aristotle. The book expands on classical Greek thought and develops a matured stance on Aristotle's modes of knowing and Justus Buchler's systematic metaphysics.

Tejera extracts from the Aristotelian-Peripatetic metaphysics the core of Aristotle's discussion of existence as existence by keeping track of the Peripatetic and Platonist interpolations of the editors who brought the text into being. The book also summarizes Buchler's Metaphysics of Natural Complexes in less technical terms to make it more accessible. With the help of Justus Buchler, Tejera reintroduces the concept of metaphysics as coordinative analysis.

Finally bridging the classical with the modern, Tejera reveals a cohesive revitalization of metaphysical naturalism for contemporary scholars and students of both ancient and modern philosophy.
Table of Contents
Part I: Metaphysics from the Perspective of Classic American Philosophy
Chapter 1: Metaphysics as Coordinative Analysis or Speculative Realism
Part II: The Aristotelian-Peripatetic Metaphysics: a Naturalist Reading and Critique
Chapter 2: Books Alpha and Alpha the Less
Chapter 3: Book Beta: Some Problems in the Search for Knowledge
Chapter 4: Book Gamma: First Philosophy as the Study of Primary Being and the Most Basic Categories
Chapter 5: Book Delta: Terms and Concepts
Chapter 6: Books Epsilon and Zeta: On Primal Existence
Chapter 7: Book Eta: On the Unity of Matter and Form: Potentiality
Chapter 8: Book Theta: Potentiality is Power, Energeia is Function
Chapter 9: Book Iota: Unity and Derivative Concepts
Chapter 10: Book Kappa: Knowledge, Principles and First Philosophy
Chapter 11: Book Lambda: Does Aristotle's Naturalism Leave Room for the Supernatural?
Chapter 12: Books Mu and Nu: Mathematical Being, the Ideas, and First ‘Archai’
Part III: The Metaphysics of Ordinal Naturalism
Chapter 13: Buchler's Modes of Judgment and Aristotle's Kinds of Knowing
Chapter 14: Buchler's Metaphysics of Natural Complexes
Chapter 15: Ordinality, Relation, Possibility and Actuality
Chapter 16: The World as Infinite Complexes, and Nature as Ordinality
Part IV: Applying Buchler's Metaphysics
Chapter 17: Peirce, Parmenides, and Buchler on Continuity and Relatedness
Chapter 18: Buchler, Peirce and Interpretation Theory
Chapter 19: Buchler's Philosophy and Plato's Method
Chapter 20: Did Plato Give a Lecture or a Recital? 

A work of loving students for their teachers: a tale of the mission by dedicated mid-twentieth century professors at Columbia University to rescue Aristotle for modern readers, with insights on human nature, human knowledge, and the literary transmission of philosophy.

James A. Arieti, Hampden-Sydney College

This book is an indispensable resource for understanding both Aristotle and American naturalism as developed by Justus Buchler. Victorino Tejera and his editor have given us a much needed and illuminating commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics that frees it from overly transcendental and theological interpretations by drawing on Buchler's radically pluralistic concepts of natural complexes and ontological parity
Gary Shapiro, University of Richmond

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Xenophanes: the first non-anthropocentric theist (quote of the day)

"Mortals suppose that the gods are born and have clothes and voices and shapes like their own. But if oxen, horses, and lions had hands or could paint, horses would paint horse-like images of gods and oxen ox-like ones, each would fashion bodies like their own...There is one god, among gods and men the greatest, but it is not at all like mortals in body or mind."

- Xenophanes (478 B.C.)

speaking of Homebrewed Christianity, Catherine Keller interviewed

HERE.  Lots of Whitehead, Deleuze, and Derrida...and alot of process theology.  Homebrewed will be live-streaming interviews with Keller and Cobb at this year's AAR.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a late "thank you"

To Tripp Fuller for interviewing me on his Homebrewed Christianity podcast. It was an interesting discussion covering all things "nature," metaphysics, logic, ecology, environmental philosophy, and environmental philosophy's relationship to the philosophy of religion.

Lots of Schelling, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Peirce, abit of Latour and Meillassoux, some on Brassier, Grant, and others. Nature and metaphysics.

Plus I tell a few stories about hiking and fishing!

Available (hopefully) within a few weeks time. Thanks again, Tripp!

the possibility of Ustreaming my upcoming lecture on Parmenidean logic

"That Parmenides introduced a significant change in the method of Greek philosophic thinking is admitted on all hands..."

 If anyone would like me to stream my lecture on Parmenidean logic, as part of my Ancient Philosophy class, please email me to indicate interest.  I've spent alot of time preparing for this lecture and have grown quite passionate about the themes present in Parmenides' logic, specifically.  As I am teaching Ancient Philosophy this semester for my VAP position I am really paying attention to mastering my Greek philosophical terms and going (painfully at times) slowly through the fragments and texts.  Thus I came across some interesting modal ideas present in Parmenides (as well as reconfirmed my love for the nature ontologies of the Presocratics generally).

My Ustream channel is HERE.  I delete videos about a week or two after streaming them because apparently Ustream does that anyway on a basic account.  But those interested can watch live.  I just need to know if it is worth it to do.  So please email me to let me know if you'd like me to stream it.

I plan to cover the theme of correlationism in Parmenides believe it or not, his modal logic (the possibility or impossibility of such), Plato's beard (abit of Quine, actually), and all things interesting pertinent to Parmenidean logic as it comes from what remains of his writings and commentaries on those writings.  About an hour and fifteen minutes which should include lots of student discussion (and heads frying, which is great).  It's quite fun, so thought to share the excitement.  Possibly.  Unless on Parmenides' accord possibility is, itself, impossible as everything that can exist, does exist, and does so necessarily. Erm.  You see? Fun!

Let me know, readers.  I can send out a private link if need be.  It'd also be a good chance to show readers how I interact with my wonderful students and how I am passionate about teaching.  I have great students this year and wonderful classes.  Plus, we are doing two distinct reading groups, one after the other in seven week procession: the first on Laruelle's aesthetics, and the second on the nature ontologies of Ancient Greek philosophy.  So the latter would feed into my Ancient Philosophy class too.

Another link HERE.  HERE.  And finally, HERE.

So, is there a logic of non-being?  And, relating to current pluralistic-atomistic philosophies, following Quine, is it the case that to be is to be a bound variable? An "atomic" subject, so to speak?

Monday, September 15, 2014

taking to task Harman's review of Laruelle

In the new issue of Angelkai.  I was able to read the editor's introduction, somehow, for free on my iPhone but not on my computer.  The editor of this issue states that if you have trouble viewing a specific document to contact him directly.

Anyhow, it seems to me that my contempt for "dishonest" book reviews (that is, thinking that a scholarly review is hardly an appropriate place to snidely put yourself over rather than actually, you know, inform readers what the book is really about) is a contempt shared.  Link


[Update: fixed broken link.  The introduction, wherein the review is mentioned, is by guest editor APS.]

(See also Laruelle posts at After Nature, HERE.)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Experimental Evidence of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion through Social Networks (article from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Interesting.  A very scholarly article HERE discussing how social media networks influence on a mass scale the emotions of its users, often in a manipulative and negative manner.  On social media and "social engineering," see a very good write-up HERE.

For more balanced perspective, "10 Great Articles About Social Media," repeat of an older link HERE.

If I can find some time I'd like to collect/post my thoughts/posts on social media that I've authored here at After Nature over the years.  Maybe soon, but again, just need to find free time.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

quote of the day

"Nothingness surrounds being on every side and at the same time is always expelled from being. Nothingness is that by which the world receives its outlines."

- Jean-Paul Sartre

Friday, September 12, 2014

Loops and Augmentation: Pragmatism, Accelerationism, and Navigation (Ben Woodward on Pragmatism and Accelerationism)

For those thinking about how Brandom, Peirce, and Schelling fit into the scheme of Accelerationist metaphysics, see HERE.  There is also some commentary on the affinities and differences between Schelling and Hegel.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Varieties of Panpsychism?

Jon Cogburn has a post up discussing panpsychism, HERE.  He makes an interesting distinction between forms of agency-based versus intellectual or concept-based panpsychisms advocated by Schopenhauer and Hegel.

He then proceeds to mention where Bergson, Whitehead, or Deleuze may fit into one of his three articlations mentioned in the post (physical Cartesian panpsychism; agential or "will" panpsychism; or a panpyschism of mind understood as concept-formation).  He also mentions Schelling too, placing him in the agential/will category, which makes sense to me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

the practice of citing blogs: is it good scholarly practice?

I'm not sure what the fuss is about, a search on my blog being cited turns up plenty of results.  I see no problem in using blog posts or blogs as a resource when reporting a literature review or making use of a citation.  It's done quite frequently, actually.  From memory I recall Ian Bogost doing it quite abit in Alien Phenomenology (despite the book itself not being well argued or containing much in the way of argument, he did in fact cite quite a few online resources).

Anyway, see HERE and HERE for example where my blog has been cited in the literature either as a useful resource or by making use of a specific post itself.

The Romantic Absolute: Being and Knowing in Early German Romantic Philosophy (NDPR Review)

HERE.  Based on the review I did go ahead and order this book.