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The Idea of the Self-Portrait (on Cezanne and Self-Knowledge)

I was given an incredibly thoughtful gift from my partner for Valentine’s Day — a captivating self-portrait by Cezanne, circa 1879. It seems to me magnificently thoughtful because, while I have elaborated in great detail my adoration of Cezanne’s works, I would never have thought to purchase this particular self-portrait myself, but she recalled how […]

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On Abstraction: a Kantian take on Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism, and the Possibility of Abstract Music

What I seek is a different understanding of avant-garde music that will in turn amount to new sonic presentations. Taking as inspiration post-war visual art driven by abstraction, I hope to apply my thoughts on the abstraction in their methods to music. It began with a visit to the Musee d’art Comtemprain de Montreal this […]

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Review of Nolan’s Interstellar: on utility, time and plan A (spoilers ahead)

Interstellar is an excellent movie, and having now seen it twice, I can say that it is currently my favorite Sci-fi space travel movie, though by no means my favorite Nolan film. The “favorite Sci-fi space film” distinction is actually not that flattering as I am not a big fan of the genre, I’m more […]

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On Time Travel (for my 100th entry & 1 year anniversary on wordpress)

Having just gotten a notification from wordpress that I registered my blog a year ago today (though it looks like my first entry was published on the 12th) and seeing as I’m at 99 published entries, now seems a novel time to publish entry number 100, and to share some thoughts on time travel, as […]

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On Coffee, Parmenides and Anaxagoras: was the “first cause” coffee?

I’m quite particular when it comes to coffee; friends have lovingly, let’s say, referred to it as “snobbish” behavior. My ideal cup is a premium French roast brewed in a single serving stovetop espresso maker, taken black. No other method than this yields the superb balance of smoky cedar and pine wood chips, dark chocolate […]

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Arctic Monkeys’ AM and Soren Kierkegaard’s The Seducer’s Diary (on nihilism and rock n’ roll)

About a week ago I finally picked up the latest record by the Arctic Monkeys, AM, (I still only buy CDs) and I have been completely transfixed by it, for a while in a way that I could not understand, as the music is not as uniquely and compellingly challenging as their other recent efforts […]

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Cogito Ergo Su(m/n)day Review in the NY Times: Graziano’s Eliminativism

The New York Times Sunday review features a short article by Michael Graziano, a neuroscientist at Princeton, arguing for eliminativism. The gist of the piece is that subjective experiences are flawed approximations of data given by external stimuli structured by the mechanistic physical system that is the brain, such that it can be said that […]

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The Problem of Material Constitution

The antinomy of constitution is an argument that concludes that two material things can be in the same place at the same time, and thus brings attention to enigmas of sameness and identity. The antinomy of constitution can be standardized as: A piece of clay is a material thing. If a thing is created from […]

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Nietzsche on Morality

Though many of the entries I’ve posted on this blog have been elucidations of a general theory of moral realism, I have admitted that looming skepticism does make moral nihilism plausible. In fact, for some time I accepted something close to an error theory, with the minimal metaphysical and epistemological commitments of contractualism, though I […]

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Ralph Wedgwood on The Metaphysics of Normative Facts

Part Two: The Metaphysics of Normative Facts In part two of The Nature of Normativity, Wedgwood delves into the messy metaphysics of normativity, and takes some pretty remarkable positions, which include, that “the intentional is normative”, that normative facts are causally efficacious, and that though normative facts and mental states are irreducible, his view is […]

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