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Writing the Self Diaries, Memoirs, and the History of the Self: A new book by Peter Heehs

Peter Heehs Writing the Self: Memoirs, and the History of the Self   http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/writing-the-self-9781441168283/   The self has a history. In the West, the idea of the soul entered Christianity with the Church Fathers, notably Augustine. During the Renaissance the idea of the individual attained preeminence, as in the works of Montaigne. In the seventeenth century, philosophers such as Descartes formulated notions of selfhood that did not require a divine foundation; in the next century, Hume grew skeptical of the self's very existence. Ideas of the self have changed markedly since the Romantic period and most scholars today regard it…

A.I., Angels, & Mass Extinctions: A Conversation With William Irwin Thompson

William Irwin Thompson     A Conversation with William Irwin Thompson by Michael Garfield Link to Blog William Irwin Thompson is a poet, philosopher, cultural historian, former MIT professor, and founder of the Lindisfarne Association – a transdisciplinary think-tank that has significantly shaped our understanding of the emerging planetary civilization. We met over Skype in December 2011 to discuss a richer and more organic view of our species’ next great transformation: MG:  I’m interviewing you for Hybrid Reality in part because of the dominance of the whole ‘Rapture of the Nerds’ meme in the transhumanism community.  I am trying to provide another perspective, because they are…

Postcolonial Hybridity and the ‘Terrors of Technology’ Argument Posted by Asha Achuthan

Vandana Shiva Postcolonial Hybridity and the ‘Terrors of Technology’ Argument Posted by Asha Achuthan Asha Achuthan has been building towards an understanding of how the anti-technology arguments in India have been posed, in the nationalist and Marxist positions. She goes on, in this sixth post documenting her project, to look at the arguments put out by the postcolonial school, their appropriation of Marxist terminology, their stances against Marxism in responding to science and technology in general, and the implications of these arguments for other fields of inquiry. Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or…

Poiēsis and technē (praxis) in Foucault and Heidegger: Towards an Aesthetics of Free Being

Poiēsis and technē in Foucault and Heidegger: Towards an Aesthetics of Free Being by Warwick Mules School of English, Media Studies and Art History University of Queensland  From: Academia Edu Paper presented to  “Tekhne, Technique, Technologie”: 17th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of French Studies, 15-17 July 2009, University of Queensland.   Introduction In this paper I will develop a discussion around Foucault’s comments in his later essays on an “aesthetics of existence” and “free being.” I will relate these comments to Foucault’s writings on the “care of the self” as well as to Heidegger’s analysis of Dasein as a…

From the Ruins of Empire (aurobindo, anticolonialist narratives, islamic nationalism, hinduvta, in context)

Return of the native From The Hindu by Tabish Khair Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire, which challenges Western narratives of the ‘white man’s burden’, has been raising hackles in the West and in India. Such reactions are pointers to an existing imbalance in cultural and political power, he tells Tabish Khair. Excerpts from a conversation. Pankaj Mishra is not a stranger to controversy, but his new book, From the Ruins of Empire, has been met with a barrage of criticism, implicit and explicit, from not just right-wing circles in the West but also from some British authors…

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