By Jon Cogburn
When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.
- Stephen King
Saturday, October 1oth:
- Saturday (October 10th) Linkorama. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.
- Egging on the Villian. John Fletcher, in role of both Fisher King and Quester, ends the early semester interregnum. Green shoots rise from the now living blog. Also, a lovely ending: As much as I as a theatre critic enjoy the spectacle of political melodrama, I as citizen wish we had performance modes in our political repertoires that enable a shedding of costumes, the frisson of locked eyes, a relief from the pressure to commit and stay committed to a side. But such peaceful moments, I suspect, must be complements to, not replacements of, the sizzle of melodramatic clash. We need moments of honest, perhaps even polarized, difference. But we also need (at least I’d like to think) moments where we can be and see and think otherwise than disagreement. The shame I referenced at the start stemmed not from the fact I had booed the villain when he was onstage. It came from the fact that I kept booing the actor after he left the stage. In other words, I needed to learn that melodramas end.
Thursday, October 8th:
- Ontological Zombies. Michael LaBossiere adumbrates the ways that non-Chalmersesque zombies are also subjects (objects?) of great philosophical interest.
- When Major League Philosophers talk to the rest of us. Jon Cogburn, as is his wont, gets down with his funky self.
Tuesday, October 6th:
- Metaphysics and Language: How to Regard Analogy in James. J. Edward Hackett shows how William James' view that humans have "the same essential interests" allows him to consider science and metaphysics to consist in reified analogies without at the same time making too many concessions to anti-realism.
- A (new?) short argument for divine hiddenness. Jon Cogburn shows what happens when Satan (who would like it to be known that he didn't ask to be born) cheats in his game of paper, rocks, scissors with God.
Sunday, October 4th:
- Sunday (10/4/15) Morning Recap. The road to hell is paved with adverbs.