My presentation on Whitehead & Deleuze for the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition conference at Seattle University

Here's the audio: I'm particularly interested in what folks familiar with Deleuze think about the exchange between me and the woman in the audience during the discussion portion. Am I getting Deleuze's general approach wrong? Here's the text of my paper: pact-2019-conference-presentation.pdf

Back to teach at Schumacher College in April 2019: “The Evolution of Consciousness and the Cosmological Imagination”

I'll be teaching another short course at Schumacher College in the UK the week of April 22nd-26th, 2019. Here's a link if you're interested in registering: Here's what I'll be teaching on: “The Evolution of Consciousness and the Cosmological Imagination” This week-long course will trace the evolution of consciousness in the West from [...]

Panel Presentation at “1968 Revisited” Conference

The East-West Psychology department is hosting a conference at CIIS on September 28-30, 2018. You can read more about it and register here: I'll be presenting on a panel called "Pedagogy and Experimental Philosophy" on Saturday, September 29th at 10am. Other panelists include Joshua Ramey and Jacob Sherman. My presentation title is "From Final Knowledge [...]

Schelling’s Descendental Philosophy (and its Whiteheadian resonances)

Much of the rather fragmentary thoughts to follow were spurred by my reading of Jason Wirth's wondrous little essay in the HUGE Palgrave Companion to German Idealism (2014), "Nature of Imagination: At the Heart of Schelling's Thinking." Based on the subtitle of his newly published book Schelling's Practice of the Wild: Time, Art, and Imagination [...]

Beyond Materialism and Idealism, a Philosophy of Organism?

Levi Bryant offered some ideas about materialism earlier this week over at Larval Subjects. I read and commented on his post while screeching through the BART transbay tube on my commute home from work. My comment, asking about "ontological constructivism," was rushed and ill formed. Now that I'm moving more slowly, and have a keyboard large enough for all ten of [...]

Michael Marder’s Vegetal Philosophy as an Example of Etheric Imagination

The following is excerpted from my dissertation proposal, which is tentatively titled "Etheric Imagination in Process Philosophy from Schelling to Whitehead." I'll be posting more selections in the coming days.  ........................................................... To become rooted in the etheric forces of imagination, the process philosopher must learn to think like a plant. Michael Marder’s “vegetal metaphysics”80 provides a contemporary [...]

“Logic of Imagination: The Expanse of the Elemental” by John Sallis

I just finished John Sallis' latest book: It was my first experience of his writing, which was lucid and even rose to imaginal and inspired heights in places. I haven't read continental phenomenology in a while, though thinkers like Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty definitely shaped my entry into academic philosophy as an undergraduate. What I [...]

The Power of Adjectives: Two Poems on Imagination by Patrick Lane and P. K. Page

"Albino Pheasants" (1977) by Patrick Lane  At the bottom of the field where thistles throw their seeds and poplars grow from cotton into trees in a single season I stand among the weeds. Fenceposts hold each other up with sagging wire. Here no man walks except in wasted time. Men circle me with cattle, cars [...]