Getting Back in Touch

The pandemic reminds us that we remain firmly rooted in bodily existence with all dangers that this implies. —Slavoj Žižek, Pandemic 2: Chronicles of a Time Lost (p. 14). Touch is never so obvious as when confronted with its opposite—the untouchable. —Richard Kearney, Touch: Recovering Our Most Vital Sense (p. 133). It has been justContinue reading “Getting Back in Touch”

Opening Up Texas—Bad Idea Gov. Abbott, Very Bad Idea

I have been a resident of the state of Texas since June of 2004, approaching 17 years now. A job brought me here and while I had not seen Texas in my future before that time, I have come to enjoy and appreciate quite a bit about this state and the area in which IContinue reading “Opening Up Texas—Bad Idea Gov. Abbott, Very Bad Idea”

“Hermeneutics in Real Life” – Report on a New Project

“Consequently, hermeneutics cannot remain a technique for specialists—the technē hermēneutikē of those who interpret oracles and marvels; rather hermeneutics involves the general problem of comprehension.” —Paul Ricoeur “The principle of hermeneutics simply means that we should try to understand everything that can be understood.” —Hans-Georg Gadamer One of the most prominent misunderstandings about philosophy IContinue reading ““Hermeneutics in Real Life” – Report on a New Project”

On Being Political

We have just gone through quite a tumultuous season of politics. As I write this, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took place a few days ago. On January 6, the constitutional certification of the 2020 election was violently interrupted by a seditious mob with no regard for truth, democracy,Continue reading “On Being Political”

“If I could wave my magic wand”…a remembrance of Neil Peart.

Neil Ellwood Peart passed from this existence one year ago today. When the news broke and I heard, I involuntarily got choked up. I have no pretensions to have felt anything approaching the grief felt by those who knew him. I am a fan, that is all. A Rush fan, though, is a little bitContinue reading ““If I could wave my magic wand”…a remembrance of Neil Peart.”

A Sad Day in American History

I interrupt my regularly scheduled posts, a short series on words we use poorly, to write some words about the events of yesterday here in the United States of America. Ironically, the next post on misused words is on the use of the words “political” and “politics.” The events of yesterday are symptomatic of ourContinue reading “A Sad Day in American History”

Language and Understanding

In my last post I spent some time talking about interpretation. I wanted to convey that interpretation has to do with the process of how we understand the world about us. Interpretations can be valid or invalid—that is to say, a good interpretation or a not so good interpretation. What we understand something to beContinue reading “Language and Understanding”

Interpreting Interpretation (Or, Understanding Understanding)

I have been thinking about writing a post or a small series of posts on words and language. Specifically, I want to talk about how words tend to become devoid of useful meaning when repeatedly used or misused. I am not speaking of how a word or a phrase can have multiple meanings or connotations.Continue reading “Interpreting Interpretation (Or, Understanding Understanding)”

Some good, some bad

2020 has not exactly been stellar year, I think most reasonable people would agree. We continue to experience a global pandemic. Here in the United States it is particularly worrisome as we head into the fall and numbers, including deaths, continue to rise. For these and many other reasons, 2020 has not shaped up toContinue reading “Some good, some bad”