Episode 82: David Robbins
August 19, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Bad at Sports talks with David Robbins.

“There are some people who are really properly configured for a place like the art context and they ought to be making art and they ought to be thinking of themselves in those terms. But lots and lots of people aren’t and they go to the art context sort of by default, there’s no other place for them to go so they interpret the art context as the most wide open or accepting of all sorts of idiosyncratic kinds of production. In the final analysis the art context wants art and the mind is capable of producing lots of things that are not quite art or near art or on the other side of art or next door to art. And those kinds of things can be hugely valuable and ought not to be made into art unnecessarily, they’ll be harmed by being interpreted as art. So you kind of have to insist on the mind being able to produce other categories of production but its your job not only to produce those things but maybe construct the contexts for their interpretation as things that are not quite art or other than art or other kind of imagination forms. I’m very uncomfortable with the idea that we’ve already discovered all the categories of production that the human mind can come up.”

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Adult Education Outside Schools
August 17, 2009, 11:20 PM
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written by Paula Guimarães

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Review of Bruce Wilshire’s Fashionable Nihilism
August 11, 2009, 12:24 AM
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Review submitted to Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

written by David A. Hoekema

“Bruce Wilshire argues, in the first few essays collected here, that the catastrophe Nietzsche foresaw has arrived even sooner than he predicted it would, within the span of one century rather than two. The intellectual world of the universities has embraced nihilism and cannot imagine an alternative. Worst of all, those who are principally responsible for this development are those who should be its most stalwart opponents. It is not unwashed barbarians, Hollywood moguls, or talk-show hosts who have emptied our lives of the possibility of genuine meaning. It is philosophers, and in particular the oligarchic cabal of analytic philosophers who control philosophy conferences, journals, and graduate programs in the United States, who have ushered in the catastrophe that Nietzsche envisioned. Contemporary Western civilization is in a state of advanced decay, and philosophers who regard their discipline as dedicated to systematic and logical resolution of narrowly defined “problems,” Wilshire argues, are principally at fault.”

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*Wilshire, Bruce. Fashionable Nihilism: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy, State University of New York Press, 2002, 171pp, $18.95 (pbk), ISBN 0791454304. 

The Intentional Fallacy
August 11, 2009, 12:21 AM
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From The Verbal Icon:  Studies in the Meaning of Poetry.  W.K.Wimsatt, Jr., and Monroe C. Beardsley.  Lexington:  University of Kentucky Press, 1954.

“We argued that the design or intention of the author is neither available nor desirable as a standard for judging the success of a work of literary art, and it seems to us that this is a principle which goes deep into some differences in the history of critical attitudes.”

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Who really needs Art PhDs?
August 8, 2009, 11:40 AM
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James Elkins in conversation with Elpida Karaba. This is a brief interview, originally published in Boot Print 2 no. 2 (December 2008 [2009]: 11. (Special issue on art academies.)

“It seems that for some free studio-based systems, the so called free activities, are implicitly a subjection to the star system and the art market. They seem to consider particular programs of artistic research as a kind of mediating force, a thinking-doing space for the artist and artistic research within academia, as a possibility and opportunity to suspend the trends and demands of the curators and star seekers. Free studio-based systems in these terms are considered to be individualistic and neo-liberal thinking systems. I wonder, reversing the argument, couldn’t that be the case for the educational system of artistic research, which can be a different kind of star system itself, being subjected to a credit system and to an intense pursuit of five star institutions?”

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Yochai Benkler: Open-source economics
August 4, 2009, 8:27 PM
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TEDTalk with Yochai Benkler on the inversion occurring in the field of social production through the development of the Internet.

Luciano Floridi on the Fourth Revolution
July 23, 2009, 4:09 PM
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Philosophy bites talks to Luciano Floridi about transformations in our self-understanding caused by technological advancements.

“When your Nike shoes start talking to your iPod and download from the Internet the kind of music you would like to listen to when you’re running, you know that you have entered a completely new sphere. The Internet or digital or information reality is actually becoming more continuous with the physical reality of chairs and cars and buildings that we are more commonly used to.”

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