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Walker Percy, Philosopher (7)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. Walker Percy’s Intersubjectivity: An Existential Semiotic or 3 + 3 = 4 Rhonda McDonnell Rhonda McDonnell argues that Walker Percy’s self-described “radical anthropology” is properly understood as Existentialist semiotics. The cornerstone of this anthropology is his concept of intersubjectivity, which was developed through his examination of language development in humans, his participation…

Walker Percy Wednesday 178

THE ANTINOMIES OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD IN ITS GRASP OF CULTURE Kant believed that when “pure reason” ventures beyond the manifold of experience, it falls into an antinomy. That is to say, equally valid trains of argument lead to contradictory conclusions. Now, apart from the truth or falsity of Kant’s argument, the fact is that…

The Last Great Ape

I had the good fortune to meet at a conference the very excellent Frances White who is featured in this documentary. Frances is so much more interesting and empirically sound than the cultural anthropologists who typically operate under a highly derivative and lazy Marxist lens. anthropologybonobosEmpathyevolutionary biologyfrances whiteSociality

Lost Tribes of Israel, Blood and History

I’ve been fascinated by Tudor Parfitt’s work for some thirty years. If ever there were someone whose life as an academic had any genuine appeal to me, it would be his. In his pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake he has had a profound effect on the understanding of that paradigm puzzle case of social…

Undoing Insularity: A Small Study of Gender Sociology’s Big Problem

Ah yes, a priesthood that is not at all interested in science and the pursuit of TRUTH. While it’s just tiresome to hear parents gushing about their novitiate children building an “academic” career (i.e. reheated cultural Marxism, activism dressed as inquiry, deploying the usual buzz words of identity and power), what is most disconcerting are their philosophical enablers, not just…

Exploring religion, genetics & identity by Tudor Parfitt

The very excellent Tudor Parfitt whose work I have been following for about 30 years gives an overview of his fascinating DNA trails. If you can catch his programmes on PBS do so. Also check out his recent book Black Jews in Africa and the Americas. Looking forward to his new project studying the “Conversos” and early Jewish life…