Wednesday, October 18, 2006

"After Philosophy": Introduction (part 1)

The first e* post of the new academic year is a first in another sense. Previously, all my postings here have been research lectures, about my own work. This post is of a lecture I gave on October 17th, 2006 as part of a Theoretical Philosophy course on the pioneering Consciousness Studies Program at the University of Skövde, Sweden. That is, it is a teaching lecture (that I have been giving for a few years), aimed at third-year undergraduate students on a course primarily on Modern European (read "Continental") Philosophy. As such, it is not primarily my own work. However, given my rather skewed and limited knowledge of this area, proper scholars of this kind of philosophy will probably see more of me in this lecture than they see of the work of Derrida, Foucault, Gadamer, Habermas, Ricoeur, etc.


The lecture is almost entirely based on the Introduction chapter of After Philosophy: End or Transformation?, edited by Kenneth Baynes, James Bohman, and Thomas McCarthy, and so they deserve credit for most of the ideas presented. My contributions consist primarily in giving examples, and an extended, perhaps laboured, Bernstein-influenced musicological metaphor, that can be summarized in the slogan: "Kant is the Mahler of Philosophy".


This lecture makes poor use of the PodSlide format, going through only 6 slides in 40 minutes. It is actually only the first part of the lecture; part two, which is shorter, will be posted soon.


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