Saturday, April 17, 2021


* Amod Lele, Why philosophy needs history, at "Love of All Wisdom"

* Conor Friedersdorf has a very interesting interview with Ndona Muboyayi, who has been arguing against certain supposedly anti-racist curricula as severely counterproductive. Of course, this is a common problem, and one people often don't guard sufficiently against, namely, that, since certain ethical terms and ideas become popular, there always are going to be ethical scams that have the trappings but not the substance the trappings promise, and, indeed, sometimes a substance very opposed. Every good thing, sooner or later, is used as a cover for many things that are not good.

* Project Vox's summary page on Lady Mary Shepherd, which is quite a decent introduction to her work.

* Cabe Matthews, Seven Signs of Glory in the Gospel of John

* In 1991 in the Soviet Union, there was made a TV adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring. It's actually quite interesting, although it's in a cinematic style that was popular in the Soviet Union, but hasn't ever really been popular in the United States, namely, it's essentially a filmed stageplay. It looks weird to anyone whose diet has been all American-style movies, but it does have the advantage of privileging visual storytelling over spectacle as such. The link goes to the Grauniad explanation, but the article has the YouTube links for the video. 

* Blake Smith, The Woke Meritocracy

* Ashawnta Jackson, Spectra: The poetry movement that was all a hoax

* Nafsika Athanassoulis, Mothering Virtues (PDF)

* Joshua P. Hochschild, A Treatise on Two Cities, reviews David Novak's Athens and Jerusalem.

* Lavine Andro Lao, The Nineteenth-Century Thomist from the Far East: Cardinal Zeferino Gonz├ílez, OP (1831–1894). I've been wanting to do something with regard to translating Spanish-language philosophy texts this year, to keep myself in practice, and one of the options I've been considering has been to translate some of Cardinal Gonz├ílez's rather extensive philosophical and theological corpus. We'll see if I ever get around to it, but he's an interesting figure.

* Justin E. H. Smith, Sweet Nothings, discusses proper names in different cultures

* Max Norman, The subversive philosophy of Simone Weil

* Peter Dockrill notes that there is recent new evidence that human tastebuds can distinguish ordinary water and heavy water; apparently the latter tastes sweeter. (There are trace amounts of heavy water in the water we drink; you should not, however, go around drinking heavy water in large quantities, because the body can't process it properly.)

* Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements, a classic book on basic machines, is online in an animated version (although not all of them are animated yet).

* Richard Marshall interviews Amy Kind on the imagination

* Oliver Traldi, Let's Talk About Free Speech

* John Wood, Jr., Reclaiming Nonviolence in the Age of Antiracism