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It's dangerous to go too long without updating one's journal; when the gates finally open up, the memories stampede and trample over each other.

It is now recalled that T.L. and I met for coffee on Sunday, to chat about Plato, Voegelin, and his upcoming move -- alongside A. -- to Calgary. If I recall properly, A's found a tenure-track position out there, which is quite the good news. T.L. himself is still set to teach a third-year course, here at Carleton, in the Winter semester, and so will be back after a bit.

Memories don't follow in the comfortable linearity of a thread, but I do recall extensive talk about my dissertation work. T.L. shared some thoughts on Weber's Science as a Vocation and Politics as a Vocation. I held out that, from the angle of rhetoric, there was little benefit from grappling with Kant when the individuals whom I'm targeting had probably never even heard of him; better to address Weber, Popper, Ayer, Kuhn and the like. Addressing thinkers whom the aforementioned parties at least think they're familiar with serve as a better means of demonstrating Polanyi's point.

There were reams of Plato talk, of which, unfortunately, relatively little is leaping out at me now. There was some talking about Parmenides, the Sophist, and of N.M's work on Gorgias. We talked about the Phaedrus, of course, but at the moment, the only thing I'm recalling about that dialogue are some points about it, which were made by Voegelin, and which I read a day or two ago. Both T.L. and R.Mc. are impressively far along in their writing, which is good to hear.

I remember uttering my shock that none of the presumably desperate, single male friends among the theorists took me up on the invitation to go dancing with single, graduate women from the University. Shocked! Insert joke on the incommensurability of theory and practice.

No word yet on the next Shakespeare night, which Prof. Newell might host. With any luck, this next one won't occur while I'm out of town.

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anosognosia
Jun. 11th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
:O Not wrestle with Kant!? Inconceivable!

Of course, it's probably wise to avoid catching philosopher's illness, lest you spend your life studying the the ancients in an attempt to fathom the true origins of what everyone today is saying.
ccord
Jun. 11th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
:O Not wrestle with Kant!? Inconceivable!

Not at all! I'm certain that I can cover the bases with a nice footnote, i.e. "Heidegger proves conclusively in the Introduction to Being & Time that Kant is a big wussy dork who kisses Descartes' posterior and doesn't think enough about time."

That should convince the "post-positivists" in the audience. If I'm feeling ambitious, I might even throw in a citation to the SEP.

Of course, it's probably wise to avoid catching philosopher's illness, lest you spend your life studying the the ancients in an attempt to fathom the true origins of what everyone today is saying.

And here I was thinking that the philosopher's illness was Vitamin D deficiency... and possibly syphilis.
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