The sideblog is back. Right now it shows up on the rss feed. If you don’t like that let me know. I’ll be posting interesting links to stories here. (I’ve long posted them to ADN as well)
While I did not start philosophically with Peirce, he has come to dominate my thought the past 20 years. Certainly figures like Heidegger are also a major force in how I think about things. Yet it’s Peirce I keep coming back to. I think that Heidegger and many who continued (more or less) in his tradition after him thought through issues Peirce didn’t. It is Peircean approaches though that I think end up clarifying many more obscure aspects of a broad Heideggarian approach. The older I get the less patient I am with the near word-mysticism that many Heideggarians adopt. It’s not that I don’t find Heidegger (or even Levinas, Derrida, or Ricouer) helpful or insightful. I do. I just find myself increasingly frustrated with the way they get discussed. (Especially those aping a Derridean style)
I’ve been very pleased at pushback within the Heideggarian tradition. Thomas Sheehan in particular has done a fantastic job pushing back at a near word mysticism where the rather straightforward meanings are obscured in layers upon layer of metaphor.
Metaphor is useful and important. I think the literal is always dependent upon the metaphoric. But to recognize that does not entail obliqueness to the point of confusion.
A few thoughts post election.
OK, I said I was back and then wasn’t. This time I am for real.
My apologies. I returned to a job I hadn’t done in a few years and then someone quit and I ended up having to do what they were doing. It’s been a busy few months.
The Hard Sayings of Jesus are generally those saying in the gospels attributed to Jesus that seem quite hard to accept as they are so radical. I think Mormons, who have a tendency to contextualize everything in as broad a way as possible miss how radical some of these sayings are. Our instinct, perhaps understandable, is to tone them down.
I’m starting Mormon Metaphysics back up after a long absence. Sorry for the time away. I was having server problems but never had time to fix things until now.
I’ll return to that post series on the hard sayings a little later. Right now I have a few other posts to do. I want to do a few more politics too.