No Bro is an Island (of Consciousness)

Philosophy Bro’s summary of Hegel’s “Lordship and Bondage” is a little thin compared to some of his others, but as usual he is on target with the major landmarks: So why is self-consciousness so fucking tricky? Because its opposite is just other self-consciousnesses. Philosophy Bro points out here the big difference between Hegel’s analysis of…

Physics, Marxism, and Clock Time

Despite egregious and inexcusable errors in matters of human historical judgment, the Marxist tradition occasionally produces some sharp, worthwhile, and rigorous engagement with science that is often lacking in other philosophical traditions. Take this page on Relativity Theory from Marxists.org discussing time, physics, Newton, Einstein, and philosophy. Here is a key quote: Newton envisaged time…

The Dialectic of the Object

It’s been around eight years since I first attempted Hegel’s Phenomenology, and it never ceases to amaze me how one can yet gain better comprehension of works such as this, devise better ways to re-articulate the arguments in one’s own language, each time one goes back and wrestles again with the challenging problems presented therein….

Three Meanings of the “Left”

Three distinct meanings of “left” in politics: (1) being on the left as an orientation of minorities, especially ethnic or cultural, toward marginalization by a dominant culture; (2) being on the left as an orientation of labor versus capital in economic relations; (3) being on the left as an orientation to critical thinking, independent reasoning…

Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics by Graham Harman

This book looks important, especially to advancing beyond the analytic-phenomenological debate. Harman writes: “Whereas Latour places all humans, nonhuman, natural, and artificial objects on the same footing, the analytics and continentals both still dither over how to bridge, ignore, deny, or explain away a single gap between humans and world. While graduate students are usually…