Idealism and panpsychism seem to me to make easy friends in the debate against materialism. They both affirm that consciousness or experience or mind in some generic sense are intrinsic to Nature. There are important differences between idealism and panpsychism, of course, and there are a variety of ways one can be an idealist or [...]
https://youtu.be/GY2vDesht8o I read Whitehead's first lecture at Harvard, delivered in September 1924, which focuses on the metaphysical possibility of modern natural science. This lecture was just published in Process Studies 48.2. Here's a link to the interview of Lynn Margulis I mention at the beginning.
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
Below is the introduction of paper I presented at a conference in L'aquila, Italy in April 2019. The conference aimed to revisit important philosophical issues related to the famous 1922 debate between Einstein and Bergson. HERE is the conference site (it is in Italian, so you'll need to ask Google to translate it for you). [...]
I'm sharing some clips from a live video conference session a few days ago with students in my online course this semester, "Mind and Nature in German Idealism." https://youtu.be/CFHSlzVns-s
The following was originally written in 2012 as a chapter in a short book titled Philosophy in a Time of Emergency. It feels relevant given our current political situation, so I'm sharing it again. The Nature of Human Freedom By Matthew T. Segall The Naturphilosoph comes to understand “Nature as subject.”1 This is not the Kantian [...]
My friend and colleague Adam Robbert has just launched The Side View. There is a ton of content on the site already, including articles and podcasts. Listen to Adam's short description of the site's aim here. Here's a link to my contribution, "Why German Idealism Matters," wherein I briefly lay out the transformative contributions of [...]
I'll be offering this course for the second time in Fall 2018 at CIIS.edu (the semester runs from late August through mid-December). Special students and auditors are welcome to enroll! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about registration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrwEdu59G3c There's still a few weeks left to enroll in my spring course at CIIS.edu as an auditor or special student. Mind and Nature in German Idealism will start on January 17th and run until May 8th. Email me if you are interested and I can share the syllabus and/or enrollment instructions (email@example.com).
I'm very excited to teach a 10-week online course at CIIS next semester (Spring 2017, running from Jan - Mar) called Mind and Nature in German Idealism. The course includes readings and lectures on Kant, Fichte, Goethe, Hegel, and Schelling. Note that you do not need to be enrolled in a graduate program at CIIS in [...]
More about the conference, and my track, can be found HERE and HERE.
Recorded on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.
I'm participating in a reading group with about 40 other scholars focusing on Bruno Latour's recently published book An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns (2013). This week it is my turn to comment on Ch. 4, which is titled "Learning to Make Room." I'm going to cross-post my comments here, [...]
Let's spend some time with Alan Watts. I recommend a decent dose of sour diesel just prior to pushing play. So then, is it true? Is the modern idea of consciousness--the so-called "me," my "I," the "ego"--a hallucination, a sort of muscle knot inside our forehead in sorry need of a meditative massage? Is our [...]