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One of the most psychologically annoying features of long haul covid is that any new somewhat mysterious ailment generates the bewildering question whether it is part of the post-viral syndrome belonging to the aftermath of the disease or a sign of a new (potentially serious) problem. (For earlier installments in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is an excerpt of a commissioned book review that became a victim of the pandemic.--ES] Julian Baggini’s (2018) How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy is wonderfully written and provides a highly compelling comparative introduction to philosophy, including philosophical traditions rarely discussed. (It does suffer from gendered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
It's about three weeks ago that I view as a turning point in my not quite completed recovery from covid. (For earlier installments in the series, see here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; and here). Since then I lead a more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
In the category comédie humaine: Today, I picked up some butter at my favorite cheese shop. Because I was carrying some books, my phone, and seduced by the chestnut honey from Catalonia, a big bottle of Catalonian chestnut honey, I decided to put the two slabs of butter in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
This is, I think, my sixteenth covid update (see here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here). It's the first one I am writing with a sense of optimism about the possibility of full recovery. This past week, I have been more mobile,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
I interrupted the flow of my covid diaries (see here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; and here) because there was very little to add, and I wanted to use my 'writing time' for other intellectual activities. Three weeks later, progress is frustratingly slow,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
To simplify matters, I will take the most fundamental, almost statutory text regarding the characterization of civil society. This is Ferguson’s famous text, translated into French in 1783 with the title Essais sur l’histoire de la société civile, and which is very close to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
What is civil society? Well, all in all, I think the notion and analysis of civil society, the set of objects or elements that are brought to light in the framework of this notion of civil society, amount to an attempt to answer the question I have just mentioned: how... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
On Sunday, April 18, I received my first AstraZeneca (Oxford) jab. (For my covid diaries, see here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; and here.) After a day or so, I started to feel very crummy with terrible headaches, fatigue, and irritability. Thankfully no insomnia.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
It's been awful since I received my AstraZeneca vaccine ten days ago. (For my covid diaries, see here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; and here) I have had new kinds of headaches and weird fatigue untriggered by any activity. In addition, I am also highly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
On a beautiful Sunday evening I got my AstraZeneca (Oxford) jab at the Francis Crick Institute. They were running ahead of schedule, so they called me (on a foreign mobile phone-number!) to ask me to come in early. It was brilliantly organized; the crew was cheerful -- 'yes, I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
A big thing happened: I can read books again! I haven't tried philosophy yet, but I have started to read complex sci-fi novels. I finished Seth Dickinson's The Monster Baru Cormorant, which I had abandoned when I got sick, in thirty minute installments. Then, on Monday I started Arkady Martine's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
I wrote my most recent entry in my 'covid diaries' (here; here; here; here; here; here; here; here; and here) a week ago, just as a noticeable upswing occurred. Since, I am clearly capable of more physical activity -- I often clock an hour of intermittent walking each day now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
Looking back over my 'Covid Diaries' (recall here; here; here; here; here; here; here); and here), I realize they reflect a selection bias of my best moments. They can't really do full justice to my incapacitated stretches. What has remained constant is that on any given day, it's hard to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
Last week I conveyed progress about my symptoms (recall here; here; here; here; here; here; and last week). Inevitably (one of my two favorite jokes, Q: “Are you happy?” A: “Yes, I am happy, aber glücklich bin ich nicht…”),* that was followed by a horrid week-end of headaches. (To be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
During the last ten days there has been a noticeable improvement in the kinds and severity of symptoms: I slept well eight out of ten nights. (Interestingly enough, this coincided with a switch to a slightly lower dosage of melatonin.) Even in the two nights of relative insomnia, I did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
While day-to-day my life is characterized by a discouraging lack of improvement, in some important respects my health has improved significantly during the last two weeks: I am rarely dizzy anymore. Since this was my initial symptom dating back to early December (recall here; here; here; here; and here) this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
One of the strangest features of my slow Covid recovery (recall here; here; here; and here) is the pattern of (ahh) asymmetric cognitive impairment. I don't mean here just the loss of skill in doing things which I have associated with a kind of gappiness in my consciousness. About two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
I am on indefinite sick-leave. Please do not expect a quick response. Eric
Nearly 70,000 cases of covid infection were reported yesterday, 8th January. Of course that’s officially confirmed cases and the real number of infections will be much higher. A small but significant proportion of those people will go on to be hospitalised and a small but significant proportion of them will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
One of the oddest symptoms of my Covid is insomnia. What makes it especially odd is that I can't sleep even when I feel very fatigued. This has, in fact, been one of the few constant symptoms during my illness (recall here). I don't have much trouble falling asleep at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
After last week's digression on the effects of my Covid, I was very touched by the many generous well wishes I received. Reading notes of encouragement in my darkened bedroom filled my time for a few days. Thank you. Two kinds of responses surprised me. First, while commiserating with me,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
During Winter break, I started to have intermittent dizziness and fatigue. This surprised me especially because in addition to not blogging I was also not working, that is, no research, no writing, and no class prep. This is a habit I have gotten into in order to be pleasant company... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
[This is a guest post by Joel Katzav [University of Queensland].--ES] Cohen did not think of philosophy as a discipline competing with the various sciences for obtaining authentic knowledge of the world about us. He did not believe that philosophy yields positive information about the primary subject-matters of the sciences,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions
We lower the boom. No civilized country can accept or allow what we saw Wednesday with the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol. This was an attack on democracy itself. That is not just a phrase. Rule by the people relies on adherence to law and process. The assault and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Digressions&Impressions