Future, Present, & Past:
Speculative~~ Giving itself latitude and leisure to take any premise or inquiry to its furthest associative conclusion.
Critical~~ Ready to apply, to itself and its object, the canons of reason, evidence, style, and ethics, up to their limits.
Traditional~~ At home and at large in the ecosystem of practice and memory that radically nourishes the whole person.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
It's been a good two or three days for finding philosophy in translation on the web. First I found a new essay by Verhoeven; and now, to my delight, Lars Gustafsson's blog. Gustafsson's meditative lyric poetry has been a paradoxical tincture of provocation and balm to me for many years, and his novels are a perfect sort of thinking-person's train reading. But his philosophy has been frustratingly difficult to get in English, and, well, my Swedish just isn't mycket bra.
Most of his posts are, therefore, still unreadable for me, but every once in a while an English version is posted. (Just look through the archives for English titles). This one is fraught with resonance with Object-Oriented Ontology as well as, to my pleasure, the Ars Memoria of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
(See here for an interview in the Austin Chronicle with Gustafsson, who 'til recently taught at the University of Texas there).