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Ruth Groff (her blog here) has published extensively on the nature of power and causality and the relation between metaphysics and social and political theory--who or what can be said to have powers and capacities? What does it mean to attribute causal powers to something? Her recent book Ontology Revisited... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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This week, philpercs is hosting a symposium on Alison Peterman's "Spinoza on Extension" (Philosopher's Imprint, 2015). Please find the paper here. Alison invited Daniel Schneider to present a critical response to the paper, below. They (and we) invite readers to continue the discussion in the comments section. ------ Alison Peterman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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This summer we discovered that reading together is fun!!! Inspired by the article discussion series over at The Brain Blog, we decided to host a discussion forum here on philpercs featuring recent articles making challenging, bold arguments (with a curatorial tilt towards younger scholars). Moved by Eric Schliesser's FB comment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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Welcome to Week 4 of Posthuman Life (Philperc's summer reading group). We'll be covering chapter 6 & 7 below! For the second week in a row, I'm late posting (very late this week). Partly this is due to travel and partly to the difficulty of this week's material. In any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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Welcome to week 3 of Posthumanism—a Summer Reading Group (and apologies for posting late!). Last week we had two really excellent posts by BP Morton and some great discussion in the comments section. I’ve yet to respond to the second post on trans*humanism but plan on doing so as soon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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Through July (and just a bit into August), Philperc's first reading group will work its way through David Roden's Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the edge of the Human. (See the previous post for links to today's reading). First some preliminaries. Since its an online reading group, anyone can enter and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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Back in 2009, Jon Cogburn (of philpercs fame) and Mikhail Emelianov (of Perverse Egalitariansim) started a public reading group on Lee Braver's A Thing of this World. A few more blog-based reading groups followed. Following their post-trail, I'm very pleased to announce that philpercs will host a reading group on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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By Debbie Goldgaber I The exemplary moral document of our time is the annual shareholder report of CCA (Corrections Corporation of America—“America’s Leader in Partnership Corrections”). Nothing comes closer to capturing what is permissible in our moral universe. Except it omits an important feature. The report makes no mention of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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By Debbie Goldgaber For reasons I've found difficult to make explicit, Anat Biletzki's recent post ("Making thing Explicit in Israel") in the Stone troubled me. This is probably because I'm captured by the same picture of rationality --and its relation to political discourse--that she is. It's a classic philosophical picture.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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Keeping Speculative Posthumanism Weird Roden wants to develop a theoretical framework-- he calls it "speculative posthumanism"--that will allow us to think through the possibility of unboundedly weird forms of posthuman life. In the absence of such a conceptual apparatus, he thinks that we lack the resources to think the difference the posthuman impies. According to Roden, contemporary philosophy, because dominated by various forms of critical anthropocentrism (roughly, philosophical positions that identify conditions of knowledge claims with distinctively human modes of cognition) pre-emptively bounds the weirdness that the category “posthuman” solicits us to think. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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