We ended the last chapter by describing the arrival on scene of the “Beautiful Soul”, the instantiation of consciousness which maintains purity of conscience by using its own language to judge itself, and which withdraws from the world to avoid conflicts that might put its own transparency and purity of heart into question. By withdrawing, it finds […]Read More Hegel’s Dialectic of Morality – Part 2 “Beautiful Soul to God in the Midst”
Note: This is “Conscience to Beautiful Soul”, part 1 of a multi-part series. The Second part will arrive shortly, and be called “Beautiful Soul to God Manifest in the midst”. The Third part will come some time later, and it will contain an attempt to answer, or at least ask the right questions, about what […]Read More Hegel’s Dialectic of Morality – Part 1 “Conscience to Beautiful Soul”
In world where political analysis and philosophical theory are generally kept apart by institutional forces, Said’s book on Palestine is a breath of fresh and rigorous air. Said’s book covers three basic issues or questions, and does so in a largely conceptual rather than historical manner. Slightly paraphrased for clarity, these questions are: What is Palestine? […]Read More Review of Edward Said’s “The Question of Palestine”
While visiting Belfast last year I was for the first time seriously exposed to the history of “The Troubles“. While the troubles are interesting because they actually ended, and because the end involved negotiation with rather than extermination of the terrorists, what immediately interested me were the prospects for peace which emerged in the movement […]Read More Review of “The Lost Revolution: The Official IRA and The Workers’ Party”
Tonight I saw Norman Finkelstein give a lecture at York University to myself and 499 others in a sold out crowd. I expected the atmosphere to be tense. To be honest, I expected a protest outside, many police and security guards, and for the lecture to be interrupted numerous times by angry Israel supporters (this […]Read More Norman Finkelstein at York, February 16 2011.
The more I hear arguments for conservative values, the more I’m an anarchist. By “conservatism”, I mean the political analysis of Jordan Peterson, who takes such conservative positions as: poor people are largely poor because they lack motivation and intelligence, absolute poverty does not cause violence or unethical behaviour, (sorry, this next one is quite offensive) […]Read More Conservative values? Anarchism.
Milan has recently argued, quite effectively I think, that the insular community-first aspect of local environmental organization is a bad thing. The argument is demonstrated nicely through this analogy: It reminds me of a person wandering in the middle of a battlefield, looking for their glasses. They realize one problem – that their glasses have […]Read More On Community level activism
Below is a short letter I’ve written to my BC member of parliament, Russ Hiebert. (While I live in Ontario, I maintain my BC residency) Dear Russ, Sexuality is a fundamental part of human experience and identity within a cultural situation. Decent cultures allow people to manifest their identity in accord with their own […]Read More In support of Bill C-389
I propose the formation of a photography club for the purpose of improving the skills of its members at critiquing their own work, and ultimately to become more effective photographers, which means to be more able to convey a feeling by way of an image. The club will function like this: all the members will […]Read More Announcing a Photographer’s club: the Critique Collective
In the western tradition, thinking is paradigmatically characterized as propositional thinking. Propositional thinking’s fundamental unit is the statement, and many statements gathered together become logic – ideally deductive logic. A statement (Logos Apophantikos) is the alignment of a subject and a predicate can be called “true” or “false”. Which is to say, in effect, that […]Read More What is thinking?