GHOST-MODERNISM: An amusing anecdote from my 20th Century professor.

interruptions:

logicallypositive:

thecryforjustice:

When speaking to the Analytic/Continental divide he simply said this:

“I have had perhaps ten or so Analytic friends, coworkers, teachers, etc. who late in their careers picked up a text in the Continental tradition and they said, ‘Wow, this is interesting! What have I been missing?’ But never have I met someone who devoted their life to Continental philosophy late in their time pick up Quine or Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and say ‘OH YES! THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN MISSING!”   

actually that was the revelation I had after reading the Tractatus

Yeah, WIttgenstein is a really bad one to use for this, I think.

Yeah, seriously, what is this? Wittgenstein is the best. Why can’t everybody get along. 

Just to clarify, I am not trying to say Wittgenstein is not worth reading. I personally have only read excerpts from “Major Works” published by Harper. It is just that limiting ourselves to either of the traditions is problematic but that the Continental field has traditionally been a bit more… free and open. And in my own opinion, a bit more interesting. But it is just an opinion. 

An amusing anecdote from my 20th Century professor.

When speaking to the Analytic/Continental divide he simply said this:

"I have had perhaps ten or so Analytic friends, coworkers, teachers, etc. who late in their careers picked up a text in the Continental tradition and they said, ‘Wow, this is interesting! What have I been missing?’ But never have I met someone who devoted their life to Continental philosophy late in their time pick up Quine or Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and say ‘OH YES! THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN MISSING!”   

Philosophy Major’s Required Reading for 10 Weeks:

  • Ancient Philosophy: "Greek Philosophy Thales to Aristotle" by Reginald E. Allen
  • Basics of Phenomenology: "Material Phenomenology" by Michel Henry, "The Transcendence of the Ego" by Jean-Paul Sartre, and “The Essential Husserl: Basic Writings in Transcendental Phenomenology” by Don Welton.
  • Maoist Revolution: "Slavoj Zizek present’s: On Practice and Contradiction" by Mao,"Mao: A Reinterpretation" by Lee Feigon, "The Unknown Cultural Revolution" by Dongpin Han, and "The Wind from the East" by Richard Wolin.
  • Being and Time- Part 1: "Being and Time" by Martin Heidegger.

 Self-elected supplemental readings: "The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution" by Harold Isaacs, "Basic Writings" by Martin Heidegger, and "Phenomenology and the Crisis of Philosophy" by Edmund Husserl. 

Love is a distinguishing of the two, who nevertheless are absolutely not distinguished for each other. The consciousness or feeling of the identity of the two - to be outside of myself and in the other. This is love. I have my self-consciousness not in myself but in the other. I am satisfied and have peace with myself only in this other and I AM only because I have peace with myself; if I did not have it then I would be a contradiction that falls to pieces. This other, because it likewise exists outside itself, has its self-consciousness only in me; and both the other and I are only this consciousness of being-outside-ourselves and if our identity; we are only this intuition, feeling, and knowledge of our unity. This is love, and without knowing that love is both a distinguishing and the sublation of this distinction, one speaks emptily of it.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion (via mindfulpleasures)