Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jewish/Deleuze

I’m reading for and sitting in on Gail Hamner’s Deleuze/Foucault seminar in the department of Religion at Syracuse University. She began the course with a film about Deleuzian philosophy. The film was full of orthodox Deleuzianism (blah, blah flux, multiplicity, … Continue reading

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Mezuzah: Aesthetics and Politics

(Uta Barth, Ground #38 [1994]) (http://www.tanyabonakdargallery.com/artist.php?art_name=Uta%20Barth) I started working on this post, writing about the first two images in high aesthetic dudgeon. Then I got stuck on a political problem. Trying to sort this out, I decided to flip the … Continue reading

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Moving between places

  Is this what it looks like to think like an electron? I spend an awful amount of time moving through far-placed places. With the start of the semester, my commute to Syracuse resumes. I’ve been reading Brian Greene’s Elegant … Continue reading

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Ephemera?

I’m wondering what is the place of ephemera at Jewish Philosophy Place. I’m thinking of picture-sharing in particular. I would like to think that they function as otherwise meaningless visual building blocks in a conception of place. They bear no clear … Continue reading

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Religion & (Popular) Science

  Kandinsky, Around the Circle (1940)  I spent a good part of winter break reading up on popular science. This to me is terra incognita. There were four motives to do so.  [1] Edith Wyschogrod told me many years ago … Continue reading

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Religion/Judaism

  So far in a “Jewish philosophy place” there’s been almost nothing about Judaism. This may in part be serendipitous, relating to what I happen to be thinking about at this particular moment. Certainly, it’s not what I’m reading right … Continue reading

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Photographic Index, the Spiritual in Art, and the Ethics of “Downcast Eyes”

http://tqarts.blogspot.com/2011/08/art-knowledge-news-keeping-you-in-touch_25.html Just recently published: “Photographic Index, the “Spiritual in Art,” and the Ethics of “Downcast Eyes” in Philosophy Today, 55(4), 348-360, Winter 2011. ISSN 0031-8256  A special dedicated to the memory of Edith Wyschogrod (z”l). Edited by Elliot Wolfson, it … Continue reading

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New York City Green Walk (again)

  New York City Green-Walk (for my brother, Jared at Tokyo Greenspace —http://tokyogreenspace.com) You can walk in the woods for about an hour in the city. This walk in Riverside Park is one of my favorites. I particularly like the … Continue reading

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Portraits-Journals-Blogs: More on Renaissance Portraits at the Met

One of the things explained by the exhibit organizers:  portraits were compared by them to journals, a communication to posterity from those who could afford the cost.   To trace a line backwards allows this surmise: –blogs are like journals –blogs … Continue reading

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Currently reading

Antonio Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff, Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff Peter Sloterdisk, Spheres, vol. 1: Bubbles: Microspherology Daniel Heller-Roazen, Echolalias: On the … Continue reading

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