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  8. I am generally unavailable on Sundays. Special requests might be possible, but extra fees may apply. Feel free to contact me for details!
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  10. Hello, I have had a paper recently published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy! The full citation: Gord Barentsen, "Schelling's Dark Nature and the Prospects for 'Ecological Civilisation'," Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 15.1 (2019): 91-116. It's open access, so I've included the PDF for anyone interested. Cosmos and History Barentsen, Schelling's Dark Nature and the Prospects for 'Ecological Civilisation'.pdf
  11. Awesome! Even more so because it doesn't have rainbow colours or tigers or unicorns like so much of the fractal stuff out there! 😎
  12. Well I guess it depends on how you define them. For someone like Schelling (certainly Schelling from 1809 on) they were at least somewhat (if not completely?) synonymous.
  13. I (finally!) got around to reading this article, because it speaks to something which has been in my mind for a long as an educator. I thought this was a very provocative article: although I don't teach in the secondary school system, I can't honestly say that everything in that article is foreign to universities, which are some of the most conservative institutions around. Particularly: Now, one of my dissertation supervisors was openly gay, and in higher education it really isn't such a big deal (at least as far as I've seen). But my issue with all of this is that secondary schools are sending generations of snowflakes to university - students who are ill-equipped to handle some of the more controversial issues about being human, including, yes, sexuality. I realise that education is fundamentally indoctrination, although (and here's where I disagree with, say, Chomsky) I think theory and literature and philosophy can help you break through the paradigmatic restrictions of school. And I guess that's what's threatening people in this article - not breaking out of the school paradigm, but the introduction of matter into that system which administrators and bureaucrats can't handle (emotionally or otherwise). But I also think this is related to the idea of companies and other employers surfing your Facebook page (and in some cases demanding access!) to image manage. I'm ambivalent about that; should employers be able to control what you say in public about them?
  14. I was notified the other day that my Fear Inoculum limited ed. CD was on its way. Apparently it has a small rechargeable screen and other goodies. 😎
  15. Oh Windows, how thy timestamps amuse me....

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