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Gregg Daniel Miller
Teaches political theory
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One of my band-mates and I put together a little record we call, "restless on a plane." Alto sax plus percussion plus some minimal effects. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at some notes
Up tonight, Kahil El’Zabar with Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Alex Harding on bari sax. The thing about the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is that they take a riff and then improvise over it—not too may notes, emphasis on rhythmic percussion, on establishing a groove and hoeing that row. Long songs with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at some notes
June 29th 2016 Wally Shoup Quartet, playing Vito’s (at the corner of Madison Ave & 9th) in Seattle, WA Wally Shoup leads. He comes on, sets the song tone with his musky nasal alto saxophone, and then steps aside, leaning against a curved wall, the overseer. The 3-man rhythm section... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at some notes
On this recording, Matthew Shipp’s solo piano plays mostly delicate lines. There is no nu-bop, no electronic beats. His technique of playing dense chord throbbing into dense chord shows up only occasionally. Shipp is thinking aloud on piano. He is not interested in recognizable repeats, or singing tunes. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at some notes
June 28, 2015 Review of Paal Nilssen-Love big band ensemble Large Unit. Poncho Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, part of Earshot Jazz Spring Series. Seattle, Washington, USA. Large Unit: Jon Rune Strøm - bass; Andreas Wildhagen - drums; Paal Nilssen-Love - drums; Mats Äleklint - trombone; Christian Meaas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at some notes
Walter Benjamin’s star has only grown brighter and more intense in recent years. While no single work can hope to capture the full range and depth of Walter Benjamin’s panoramic gaze, Alexander Gelley’s Benjamin’s Passages (Fordham University Press, 2015) is nonetheless an exegetical masterwork, emphasizing both conceptual constants and swerves... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at some notes
11-7-14 Pharoah Sanders (ts), William Henderson (p), Nat Reeves (b), and Joe Farnsworth (d). at Town Hall, Seattle. In the Great Hall. Maybe 1000 seats. Sold out house. A line of hopefuls outside behind a sign, waiting to repurchase the seats of no-shows. Pharoah Sanders at center stage in a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at some notes
Review of Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) with Cuong Vu (t), Carmen Rothwell (b) Dylan van der Schyff (d) at the Royal Room, Seattle, September 3, 2014. At the Royal Room. Taylor Ho Bynum with some locals. He’s on “bicycle tour” down the West Coast from Vancouver, BC to Mexico. I’m... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at some notes
Chiara, Bottici. Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary. Columbia University Press, 2014. In the ongoing attempt to revitalize critical theory through a reworking of themes and techniques subordinated by modernity’s emphasis on subjective reason, Bottici re-thinks the concept of imagination, neither as subjective faculty nor as contextual overdeterminant,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at some notes
Review of new avant jazz compositions by Gust Burns and Jacob Zimmerman, Gallery 1412, Seattle, WA, April 25, 2014 Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at some notes
Lars Rensmann and Samir Gandesha (eds). Adorno and Arendt: Political and Philosophical Investigations. Stanford University Press, 2012. No other collection of essays in English takes up a directed study of Hannah Arendt and Theodor Adorno’s combined relevance to contemporary political theory. The essays variously compare, contrast and assess the two... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at some notes
If you're in the Seattle area and in need of architectural/design/art services, check out: Pay attention to the "Process" page, and the "Drawing Log." Good stuff! Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at some notes
Gregg Daniel Miller is now following Norm
May 22, 2013
My spouse and I made a short film for a competition at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Entrants were asked to respond to the prompt: "History is ______." Here is our answer (just 1 minute and 19 seconds): Our film is #20. If you like it, please... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at some notes
The following review by Luke Neal appeared in Political Studies Review, January (11:1) 2013. The key sentence: "This reconstruction of Habermas is sure to be met with hostility and will inevitably boil the blood of any card-carrying Habermasian." Recently, there have been increasing attempts within the paradigm of critical theory... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at some notes
The first review of my book has appeared: Miller, Gregg Daniel. Mimesis and reason: Habermas's political philosophy. SUNY Press, 2011. 185p bibl index afp; ISBN 9781438437392, $75.00. Reviewed in 2012aug CHOICE. Miller (Univ. of Washington, Tacoma) argues that Habermas's formulation of a postmetaphysical theory of reason has yielded an unreconciled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at some notes
The following review is forthcoming in Choice: Baxter, Hugh. Habermas: The Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy. Stanford Law Books, 2011. Baxter tracks the role of law from Habermas's early work to Between Facts and Norms, and beyond. Habermas's assessment of modernity, that humanity suffers when money and power colonize... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at some notes
Another proposal, this one for an upcoming conference at the University of Washington: Cosmopolitan Right and Intersubjectivity In this paper, I will investigate how the Kantian notion of “cosmopolitan right” (Perpetual Peace) stands with regards to contemporary efforts to conceive of global governance or a global normative order, specifically as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at some notes
Nope. Proposal rejected. Should be a wonderful conference nonetheless!
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2012 on mimesis now at some notes
Every year the University of Chicago looks to fill its Core teaching staff, its "Society of Fellows." My sense is that they fill these posts in-house with graduate students who can't get tenure-track gigs. But, just in case they need a body or two, they advertise nationally. They request that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at some notes
Here is a paper proposal I submitted to an upcoming conference, "Mimesis Now," at the University of Rochester. The link to the conference: My proposal: What is the proper theoretical articulation of the relations among self-formation, autonomy and mimesis? If, with Plato, mimesis is “to speak or act in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at some notes
My book has hit the streets! If you read it, let me know what you think! Thanks! and, Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at some notes
forthcoming in Choice Marder’s contribution to postmetaphysical thinking offers a set of studies of Carl Schmitt’s ontology written for initiates fluent in the Schmittian vocabulary and orientation. Along the way it also tackles a host of issues in contemporary Continental philosophy. On Marder’s reading, Schmitt properly understood is no statist,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at some notes
A review which appeared in Choice, June 2011 Indisputably in the top-echelon of living political philosophers, Jürgen Habermas has made important contributions in political, moral, social, and legal theory, and much else besides. Habermas has also played the role of public intellectual throughout his career, arguing consistently for radical, democratic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at some notes
A review published in Choice (January 2011): Baehr, Peter. Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences. Stanford University Press, 2010. In this engaging study, Baehr mounts a defense of sociological method via a restaging of mid-century debates on the nature of totalitarianism between Hannah Arendt and several prominent sociologists (David... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at some notes