Category Archive: Philosophy

Paul de Man’s Misreadings: A Critique of Aesthetic Ideology

(x-posted to The Valve) The following is an outline for a critique of Paul de Man’s influential essay on Blaise Pascal’s writings, and of de Man’s essay “The Concept of Irony,” in which… Continue reading

The Love of Argument: A Response to Michael Bérubé

(x-posted to The Valve) In this essay, I want to offer a response to Bérubé’s new book What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts, rather than writing a review. My review is quite simple:… Continue reading

Ethics and Melodrama 2: The Last Stand

Happy Thanksgiving! I am full of foods which you might already be able to guess (except for the pomegranate seeds), and am seriously considering, partly on the basis of today and partly on… Continue reading

Ethics and melodrama

Then last night, actually, it was our twentieth wedding anniversary. And I took Chiquita to see the show about Billie Holiday, and I looked at these show-business people, who know nothing about Billie… Continue reading

The full text of the PAMLA conference paper on Hegel

If reading close analyses of Hegel is the sort of thing you dig, I’ve included the full text of my conference paper below (“Another Sphere and Science: Aesthetics and Difference in The Science… Continue reading

Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, Postmodern Love, and Realistic Superpowers

(x-posted to The Valve) I’m nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I’ve begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I’m reminiscing this right now. I can’t go to the bar because I’ve already… Continue reading