Consequences of “Consequences”: Against Professional Philosophy, Anarcho- or Borderless Philosophy, and Rorty’s Role.

APP Editors’ Note: The following essay was an invited submission to the online journal Analyse & Kritik, intended for its forthcoming special issue on “Rorty and Paradigm Change in Philosophy.” But now it has a philosophical life of its own. The complete version of the essay follows directly below; and here’s a downloadable .pdf of … [continue reading]

You Are Identical To Your Life, For Better Or Worse.

THINKING FOR A LIVING: A PHILOSOPHER’S NOTEBOOK (SECOND SERIES, INSTALLMENT 7) PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS IN THE SECOND SERIES #6: Was Socrates an anarchist? #5: Conceptual analysis from a non-conceptualist point of view. #4: Further implications of non-conceptualism: sometimes, hell is other species. #3: Implications of non-conceptualism: the existential counterpunch. #2: The incoherence of public philosophy, and … [continue reading]

Was Socrates An Anarchist?

THINKING FOR A LIVING: A PHILOSOPHER’S NOTEBOOK (SECOND SERIES, INSTALLMENT 6) PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS IN THE SECOND SERIES #5: Conceptual analysis from a non-conceptualist point of view. #4: Further implications of non-conceptualism: sometimes, hell is other species. #3: Implications of non-conceptualism: the existential counterpunch. #2: The incoherence of public philosophy, and what can be done about … [continue reading]

All About Habermas.

In this occasional disquisition on the many things philosophers are not known for we come to another of the Frankfurt school, Jürgen Habermas. This is likely to be a large entry into the annals, since Habermas was not known for almost everything, certainly including: nanotechnology and the prophets of doom breeding Manx cats crimes of … [continue reading]

On Solving Professional Philosophy’s Irrelevance Problem.

In Robert Hanna’s recent essay, “How to Escape Irrelevance: Performance Philosophy, Public Philosophy, and Borderless Philosophy”–itself building on Carlo Cellucci’s recent essay, “Philosophy at a Crossroads: Escaping From Irrelevance”–Hanna describes and critically analyzes two contra-professional-academic-philosophy movements, namely public philosophy and performance philosophy. Both kinds of philosophy respond to the increasing irrelevance of professional academic philosophy, … [continue reading]

Conceptual Analysis From A Non-Conceptualist Point Of View.

THINKING FOR A LIVING: A PHILOSOPHER’S NOTEBOOK (SECOND SERIES, INSTALLMENT 5) PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS IN THE SECOND SERIES #4: Further implications of non-conceptualism: sometimes, hell is other species. #3: Implications of non-conceptualism: the existential counterpunch. #2: The incoherence of public philosophy, and what can be done about it. #1: What is “the debate about non-conceptual content,” … [continue reading]

The Philosophical and Anti-Philosophical Works of Robot Wireless.

APP Editors’ Introduction It is a rare thing for an Australian artist, writer, or musician to be truly edgy, experimental, avant-garde or even modern, let alone post-modern or post-post-modern (whatever that is). There have been very few, sometimes botched, sometimes ignored and other times ridiculed attempts at modernism in the broadest possible sense, revealing Australia … [continue reading]

An Open Letter to the University of Chicago Philosophy Department, Re: “Thinking And Being: A Conference With Irad Kimhi.”

All theory, my friend, is grey But green life’s golden tree.(Faust I) If there were a verb meaning ‘to believe falsely,’ it would not have a meaningful first person present indicative. (L. Wittgenstein) I was thinking, which is something a man should not do. (Dean Jagger as Colonel Stovall, in “Twelve O’Clock High,” Twentieth Century … [continue reading]