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Global Philosophy – Resources for philosophy professors and students
posts on various topics in philosophy and philosophers, from outside the Western canon
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yesterday by clhendricksbc
Buddhism and Levinas - 3:AM Magazine
William Edelglass teaches philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies. He has published widely in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, environmental philosophy, and 20th-century European thought. William has taught in diverse settings including the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, a federal prison in New York, and a Tibetan refugee settlement in Nepal. For many years he served as a wilderness guide at Outward Bound, and between 2000 and 2003 he taught Western philosophy to Tibetan monks at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India. Here he discusses philosophical ideas in Buddhism, both its diversity and shared commitments, the metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and hermeneutics of Buddhists, impermanence and selflessness, dependent origination, what it means to say that all things are empty, why it isn’t nihilism, the Buddhist use of language in a philosophical approach that values linguistically inexpressible truths, why Buddhist moral pluralism doesn’t lead to relativism, skepticism and the undermining of moral obligations, contrasts between Western and Buddhist approaches to moral pluralism, environmental philosophy, Levinas, whether Buddhism conflicts with his environmentalism, and the relationship between western and non-western philosophy.
philosophy  buddhism  esoteric  interview  people 
yesterday by kmt
Techne and Programming as Analytic Philosophy | Theory, Evolution, and Games Group
Let’s start with craft. When I think of a craft, I think of working with my hands — usually on some particular material. Producing a practical and useful result. This work requires skill, a skill that develops with time and practice. It is a skill that is adaptive and dynamic, adjusting to the particular features of a particular material. After all, no two pieces of wood are the same and have to be worked slightly differently. And a particularly important feature of craft-skill is that it is often tacit. It is impossible to learn a craft from just reading a book or even watching somebody else do it. You need to actually participate in the craft. I’ve learnt this first-hand: after watching a YouTuber easily drive masonry nails into a brick wall, I picked up some masonry nails from the store and tried my hammer — the result was a chipped wall and a lot of bent nails. And so I switched to a drill.

From this highly embodied and physical conception of craft that is tied to particular materials, we often use metaphor to extend craft. We can talk about a well-crafted sentence, the craft of poetry, etc. The physicality disappears, but the particular and tacit nature remains. It is hard to give specific rules for crafting a good sentence. And the goodness of that sentence will be dependent of the specific context. I can read all I want about writing well or examples of good writing. But that won’t help me craft a good sentence without building up tacit knowledge through actually writing. Through trying and trying again. And even after 279 blog posts, my sentences can still be just as bent as my masonry nails.
philosophy  life  prog  argument 
yesterday by kmt
Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom | Books | The Guardian
Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself. Belief in the idea of freedom has become dangerous
free-will  philosophy  democracy  religion  psychology  human-hacking 
2 days ago by pmigdal
Andrew W.K.: Investigating The Mystery Of Steev Mike
"Let's start now. Or as close to now as can be defined in this conversation, between the time and place I am in as I write these words and the time and place you"
music  andrewwk  longreads  culture  identity  pranks  philosophy 
2 days ago by grahams
SparkNotes: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics: Preface, page 2
A summary of Preface in Immanuel Kant's Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
philosophy  kant 
3 days ago by pborenstein

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