Category Archives: philosophy

Arrival’s Fatalism

If all time is eternally present All time is unredeemable. — T S Eliot, ‘Burnt Norton’ * For those who have not seen Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 science fiction film Arrival, I’ll offer a brief synopsis. Spoiler alert. The film opens … Continue reading

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The irreducible significance of literature: David Wellbery on Goethe, Cavell and de Man

David E. Wellbery is LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson Professor at University of Chicago, where he chairs the Department of Germanic Studies and is a member of the Committee on Social Thought. A renowned scholar of the German tradition, … Continue reading

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On Beauty

On 26 April 2017 I participated in a panel discussion on beauty in Berlin. Here’s what I and the others said: The word “beautiful” is used in relation to a loose range of phenomena. When we look for beauty in … Continue reading

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The Totality of Facts

In 2013 I attended the European Quizzing Championship in Liverpool and wrote a piece about it. The original was so long and misshapen it took me two years to get around to editing it. I finally did, and it’s up … Continue reading

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Zwischen Überlieferung und Kritik: Moderne und Postmoderne Haltungen gegenüber dem Problem der Legitimität

An old conference paper of mine in German is now available in the online journal Paedeia, vol.2 (Spring 2014), 88–104. It’s not the greatest piece of writing, but may be of interest to some. Here’s a link. Advertisements

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Le vagabondage de la raison : Proust et la pensée de l’essai selon Adorno

I’ve got an article appearing in the Bulletin d’informations proustiennes this October discussing Proust’s essayism in relation to Adorno. PDF of the proofs for anyone interested. Advertisements

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Brandom on genealogy and semantic naiveté

Last week, Berlin played host to a great conference on Robert Brandom, specifically the Hegel book that’s been appearing on his website over the last few years. The line-up was impressive: John McDowell, Robert Pippin and Terry Pinkard all presented, … Continue reading

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