Posts Categorized: Philosophy

Environmental Virtue Ethics–Review

Environmental Virtue Ethics Philip Cafaro and Ronald D. Sandler (editors) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. Print. A Review-essay by Josef Mathews “No Man is an Island,” writes poet John Donne. The idea contained in those words is a profound and timeless truth. It refers to the sea of connections that bind human beings. Environmental… Read more »

By Way of Husserl: A Phenomenology of Duchampian Art

Introduction This paper is about the French painter and conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, who created a series of very influential conceptual event-objects. In the beginning of the twentieth century he shocked and revolutionized the artworld. He did so with art objects trying to capture the phenomenon of motion and with already fabricated, found objects, called… Read more »

Fountain and Large Glass by Marcel Duchamp: What was that all about?

Introduction This essay will try to formulate a coherent statement about the connection between two influential ‘conceptual event-objects’ created by the French avant-garde painter and conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). The two items under discussion are Fountain (1917; Fig. 1) and Large Glass (1913-1925; Fig. 2). Maybe to call them provisionally ‘conceptual event-objects’ might be…

The Jaynesian Paradigm and Beyond (Draft)

Introduction The Princeton psychologist Julian Jaynes in his 1976 book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind proposed a novel and ingenious theory of consciousness, which is making a come-back in the scientific community. His initial reception was marred by a widespread misunderstanding of his concept of consciousness and the absence… Read more »