It turns out…

Photography, Thoughts

That my home is actually quite pretty. 

I’ve spent a lot of time in my life trying to escape it, and lately, I’ve been making a conscious effort to become more connected to it instead. 

This September, my promise is to keep renewing these connections whilst holing away in the ivory tower. 

Next time people ask me what I’m studying (followed by an inevitable request for elaboration because my initial explanation is always shit), I just want to show them this. 

Philosophy isn’t just about books and abstract theorizing. At least, the good philosophy isn’t. Philosophy is the nameless experience, the intelligible concept, the gentle wonder. Philosophy is encounter. And so, philosophy is this– and I didn’t need to leave to find it. 

(yours, mine, ours)

Poetry, Thoughts

‘…your story begins the moment Eros enters you. That incursion is the biggest risk of your life. How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom, and decorum of the things inside you. As you handle it you come into contact with what is inside you, in a sudden and startling way. You perceive what you are, what you lack, what you could be.”

Sometimes, life makes happy accidents out of us. I chose a book, who mentioned a book, which was authored by a woman, who spoke about something, that grabbed me deeply, just when I needed to be moved.

Anne Carson; thank you. Thank you for eros the bittersweet. Thank you for grief lessons.

One line, and I knew exactly what I wanted to write, because it is something I have been wanting to say.

How to better get at what we are, and what this is. How to get at what it means to live a life (yours, mine, ours).

For the next two years, this is my project. Yes, I am actually getting paid to learn–and write about, something that I am deeply concerned with, and moved by. And I think that helps to get at it, or, at least, it must be a start.

An introduction to the big idea?

Desire as absence. And what that means for you (me, us).

Stay tuned, friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On rationality: Q & A

Thoughts

Q: How do you respond to the claim that rationalism is patriarchal?

A: What has helped me to understand + respond to these ideas, is exploring where the idea came from in the first place: in Western philosophy women have often been relegated to the private/familial/bodily/emotive spheres. Wherein, women don’t possess the rationality to exist in the public sphere of “citizen” or “person”. In this, the masculine public sphere became associated with rationality, wherein rationality was superior to the body/emotions (of which women were subsumed). The point, I might tell that person, is that this patriarchal understanding of rationality is not a full understanding of rationality at all. Rationality does not exist in a dichotomy — it is holistic. Rational people have emotions and bodies and logic, and it is because of this that they CAN become rational. In a sense; they aren’t wrong. Western rationality is patriarchal, however, this is a skewed understanding of what rationality is (and in this sense, you can argue, it isn’t rational at all).