2024-01Thematic Section
Agalmatophilic Pygmalions: Burke and Winckelmann on the Beautiful and the Sublime

Abstract: There is a good chance that “each critic becomes a Pygmalion” (as Leo Curran put it) when they bring the work of art to life in their narcissistic (and almost amorous) attention, unfolding its meaning so that they should be able to write their own interpretation. The starting point of the present text is the perfection…

2024-01Thematic Section
Taste(s) and common sense(s)

Abstract: This paper explores the relationship between common sense and taste in the history of aesthetic thought. “Common sense” guarantees the communication of tastes through different modalities. It can either facilitate agreement among individuals, fostering mutual understanding and envisaging a universal aesthetic community, or provoke disagreement. In the former scenario, common sense is literally…

2023-04Thematic Section
Nothingness at the Intersection of Science, Philosophy, and Religion

Abstract: This contribution examines the effects that a philosophical consideration of nothing has on the debate between theism and atheism. In particular, it argues that surprising conclusions that arise from a close analysis of the concept of nothing result in three claims that have relevance for that debate. Firstly, that on the most plausible demarcation criterion…

2023-04Thematic Section
Quantum Meta-physics: Nonlocality and Limits of Determinism

Abstract: This essay aims to show that the recent development of quantum theory may provide us with an answer to one of the most compelling metaphysical problems, namely the problem of determinism. First, I sketch the conceptual background and draw the distinction between metaphysical and epistemological determinisms. Then, on the ground of the analysis…

2023-04Thematic Section
From Here to Theology: Response to Joshua Farris

Abstract: Joshua Farris usefully applies my distinction between conditioned and de-conditioned philosophy to some limits of science, and the disclosure of the soul. It is argued that further de-conditioning is conducive to answering the profound philosophical questions: What is it to be now?, and What is it to be? but these answers are only adequate when they entail the…

2023-03Thematic Section
More Substance, Please: A Reply To Michael Esfeld’s Minimalist Ontology of Persons

Abstract: Michael Esfeld has recently put forth his ontology of persons, with which he hopes to secure freedom and irreducible personhood as well as scientific realism, all by working with minimal ontological assumptions. I present his view and investigate it, finding it too minimalistic: Esfeld’s featureless matter points do not warrant an emergence of persons from matter,…

2023-03Thematic Section
De-Conditioning and Images of the Mind: Scientific Images and Dualistic Images

Abstract: “De-Conditioning and Images of the Mind” explores the categories of Stephen Priest as developed in his article, “The Unconditioned Soul.” Through an analysis of historical and contemporary examples of the “conditioned” mode in recent philosophical and scientific discussions of the mind, the article articulates limitations of the proposed methods and advances examples…

2023-03Thematic Section
God and Some Limits of Science

Abstract: Some problems are too subjective, too intimate, too proximal, to admit in principle of any scientific solution: Why is anything you? Is there free will? Is death the end? Other problems are too objective, too macroscopic: Why is there a universe? Why is there anything? What is it to be? Why does mathematics…

2023-02Thematic Section
Distracted Aesthetics: Towards a Hermeneutics of Engagement with Distractive Works of Art

Abstract: Western aesthetics has privileged contemplation as a necessary condition for authentic aesthetic experience. In contrast, I argue that the adequacy of aesthetic comportment must be measured by the self-presentation of the object in question, shaped by the place from which such presentations issue. Thus, the specific character of many forms of art, particularly in urban contexts, solicits a kind…

2023-02Thematic Section
Cultural Complexities and their Environment: Investigations of Code–Switching in Contemporary Visual Arts

Abstract: Contemporary artworks are primary sources for a better understanding of the most important issues in our current reality. The complexities of cultural interactions are often thematized in pieces of art using the artistic means of code-switching, and where the investigation of these questions is pursued in and with regards to the issues of…

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