2020-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Eco on Interpreting the Sign: The Limits of Narrating that which Cannot Be Theorized

Abstract: Eco says that which cannot be theorized must be narrated. What about that which cannot be narrated? What must we do about (and at) the limits of interpretation, especially as (performative) narration. This review essay takes a method from Giambattista Vico and applies it to the interpretation of Laurent Binet’s portrayal of Umberto…

2020-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Presentism and Beyond

Preview: /François Hartog interviewed by Marcin Rychter/ We have these three categories: past, present and future, and I think we can acknowledge these categories and that they contend against each other as universal. The ways they are being experienced, organized, linked vary in different places and in different times. Regimes of historicity is the concept that…

2020-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Broken Promise of Philosophy?

Preview: /Review: Paulina Sosnowska, Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger: Philosophy, Modernity, and Education (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019), 251 pages./ What is the vocation of philosophy? Should it be defined in terms of political or economic needs, or rather should philosophy autonomously establish its own goals and norms? One might…

2019-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Hadotian Considerations on Buddhist Spiritual Practices

Preview: /Review: David Fiordalis ed., Buddhist Spiritual Practices: Thinking with Pierre Hadot on Buddhism, Philosophy, and the Path (Berkeley, CA: Mangalam Press, 2018), 333 pages./ David Fiordalis’ collection Buddhist Spiritual Practices: Thinking with Pierre Hadot on Buddhism, Philosophy and the Path (hereafter BSP) represents an invaluable contribution in what promises…

2019-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Towards a Cure for Lunacy

Preview: /Review: Katarzyna Kremplewska, Life as Insinuation: George Santayana’s Hermeneutics of Finite Life and Human Self (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2019), 269 pages./ George Santayana was a man in-between. He worked in-between philosophy, literature, and cultural criticism. He lived in-between American and European cultures. While he has always…

2019-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Devil Wears Damask: Twilled Teaching as Apprenticeships in Creativity

Abstract: My guiding quest-ion is how to convey, speak of, and prepare apprenticeships in creativity. This study emerges from experiences and reflections on the vocation of teaching courses in philosophy, and from having lived through an apprenticeship in my formative years. In an apprenticeship, one draws upon one’s own horizon of…

2019-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
How to Handle Humility? Audaciously: A Response to Mark Tschaepe

Abstract: We address Mark Tschaepe’s response to Tibor Solymosi, in which Tschaepe argues that neuropragmatism needs to be coupled with humility in order to redress “dopamine democracy,” Tschaepe’s term for our contemporary situation of smartphone addiction that undermines democracy. We reject Tschaepe’s distinction between humility and fallibility, arguing that audacious fallibility is all we need. We take…

2019-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
About Listening and Hearing in the Perspective of the Philosophy of Education

Preview: /Review: Małgorzata Przanowska, Listening and Acouological Education (Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2019), 306 pages./ Małgorzata Przanowska’s book restores to us a fascinating resonance of our way of being in the world. It gives voice to the rustling aspect of thoughts, the vibrations of human bodies and the cosmos. The author is interested…

2019-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Aesthetics of Normative Meaning and Thought: The Normative Bodily Roots of Philosophy, Science, and Art

Preview: /Review: Mark Johnson, The Aesthetics of Meaning and Thought: The Bodily Roots of Philosophy, Science, and Art (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018), 293 pages./ In The Aesthetics of Meaning and Thought: The Bodily Roots of Philosophy, Science, and Art, Mark Johnson seeks to expand his earlier work with George…

2019-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
On the Lookout for the Dark Arts and Finding Our Better Selves in Another white Man’s Burden

Preview: /Review: Tommy J. Curry, Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire (Albany: SUNY Press, 2018), 278 pages./ Every philosopher sends out his or her most precious insights in hopes that someone will discover this “message in a bottle,” and receive “a testimony to the transience of frustration and…