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Part of blogging is the joy it can bring when one’s ideas are engaged by others. What I have loved about blogging is the continual surprise and engagement with others. There’s a cautionary note to this love. Philosophy blogs go up and they go down like the tides. As I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett It’s come to my attention that the hardest chapter of the entire text is the second chapter, The Categoreal Scheme. In fact, a friend mine has suggested I read every other chapter and then go back and re-read the Categoreal Scheme every time thereafter. What can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett Having just read the first thirty-six pages of Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality, this makes up the first part of the book called “The Speculative Scheme” I wanted to blog unsystematic reflections of Process and Reality (PR hereafter), and my intention – so far –... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett In one of the Rocky movies, Rocky retreats to his corner during a fight and says to Paulie, “I see three of them.” Paulie responds, “Hit the one in the middle!” In one extreme, you can cut the eye open from the swelling and then see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
Guest Post By John W. August III Recently, Rod Dreher severely distorted the work of Dr. Tommy Curry at the right wing website, His initial article, “When is it OK to Kill Whites?” claimed that Dr. Curry thinks black liberation movements ought to consider violent action against white people... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett In this second post, I wish to take up the reasoning of Roger Stark, a physician and policy analyst at Washington Policy Center’s Center for Health Care. His op-ed in the Washington Times has been receiving a lot of traction lately. Unlike the Williamson piece at... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett I wonder why editors let some posts go up on National Review Online (similar arguments, though often different are popping up everywhere and here). Given the Republican proposal to replace and repeal Obamacare is fueled by a conservative denial of what’s seen as a liberal claim... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett One central theme developed in pragmatism and nowhere else in philosophy is the power of an idea. For the pragmatist, the conceptualization of the idea follows from their effectuating force in the consequence of human action. Thus, a secondary – but no less influential idea –... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By. J. Edward Hackett I am ending a Continental Philosophy course and in our last week, we are taking stock of what makes the Continental tradition unique in its own right. I have been drawn to the following passage; I keep returning to it privately in my head. In it,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett A few of my colleagues asked me to post this. Usually, we don't post events, but I wanted to make an exception for this one since the question of philosophical traditions and the future of philosophy sometimes motivates us here. Here's the full info: CALL FOR PAPERS... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett UPDATE: I have found a new open source text. I decided to go with the jointly co-authored Clear and Present Thinking. Over at Brendan Myers' website you can find a host of resources if you adopt this text. In it, I'd like to see some more exercises,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett Logan wasn’t a bad movie; it wasn’t great either. However, as a philosophical impetus for reflection, there are a few issues it raises. In what follows, I consider a number of points it raised in me. Be warned. Spoilers follow. 1. We meet Logan who is taking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett I happen to find this petition interesting. It's a vote of no confidence in Trump's epistemic abilities. While I do not think this petition will serve to change anything, it demonstrates the fact that many, like me, harbor these inclinations. From voter fraud claims to paranoid delusions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett For a long time, I’ve wondered about our language when talking about right or wrong. Sensitive to the fact that expressions we write and speak can have varying impacts on our ability to understand a concept. Entrenched habits of usage can cement longstanding biases as much as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett While much can be said of Herbert Marcuse’s “Concept of Essence”, I would like to develop and reflect upon a few points from it. First, let us take from it the main charge argued against phenomenology is. After explicating that charge, I will put the question before... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By. J. Edward Hackett Mr. David Ernst has produced erroneous statements concerning postmodernism as many outside philosophy have been uncritically reproducing for years. In truth, it’s the same with respect to uncritical Analytic philosophers’ dismissals of French thought I’ve been hearing for years professionally and personally. When I was younger... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By: J. Edward Hackett In this essay, I explain the one time and decisive quote to which Martin Luther King wrote about the influence of Edgar Brightman (1884-1953), his philosophy and influence of the school of thought known as personalism, and described “his basic philosophical position” under the same name.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett In his post, Mr. Vallabha asserts several ambiguous claims I would like to dispel in relation to his pursuit of a question: “What is the relation between politics and critical philosophy?” While I am not answering his question, I find it to be rather confusing, fast, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett George Pattison writes, Philosophy has the same content of religion, Hegel says, only it presents the content and understands it in a higher and purer form than that of religion itself. Philosophy ‘knows’ religion with respect to its ideal content, not to its ever-variable power of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett When a student communicates the intention to go to law school, they ask us how they might get to law school. One could argue that our only obligation to students is to get them there. Along this line of thinking undergraduate professors need not worry about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By. J. Edward Hackett I want to ask if literature has a place in philosophical reflection, particularly if literature can express philosophical ideas. Is this a way we can talk about philosophical ideas? Let us consider two passages that prominently detail the task of existential phenomenology. Merleau-Ponty writes: Phenomenological or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By: J. Edward Hackett On November 21st, a new philosophical institute will open its doors in Murphysboro, Illinois, and the inaugural event will be kicked off by Larry Hickman presenting a lecture on “Humanism, Humanities, and Technoscience.” Randall Auxier, professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, has transformed part of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By. J Edward Hackett I have no words for what happened on election night. I cannot understand what happened. I’ve been teaching Douglas Walton’s Informal Logic: A Pragmatic Approach. My students in critical thinking started to see that during the debates he rarely had a policy proposal and argue for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
J. Edward Hackett I just bought John Kaag’s new book entitled, American Philosophy: A Love Story. This is what all philosophy books should be: personal. We’ve forgotten how to conduct philosophy as a way of life, as a way of experiencing the world, and if you read what I tend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By J. Edward Hackett Judith Butler is usually regarded as a postmodern thinker, and the only thing that seemingly identifies her with this label is the host of thinkers employed in her thinking about gender. However, given the under-theorization of gender in the history of philosophy, the lesson about gender... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations