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Gadamer, Kafka and interpretation

Lawn, C. 2006. Gadamer: A Guide for the Perplexed. Continuum, New York. Gadamer was a traditionalist. He didn’t like the way the dominant scientific method focuses on the future and forgets about the past. He believed that knowledge is interpretation, … Continue reading

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On pure experience

In an assignment I wrote recently on psychedelic experience and education, I cited Huxley’s (1954, p47) call for us to learn ‘to look at the world directly’ rather than through the ‘half-opaque medium of concepts’, and also Watts’ (1971) warning … Continue reading

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On economics

Lurking behind my thesis topic of the purpose of universities in society are questions about how society is organised; i.e. how we put our various resources to use and to what ends. My interest in these questions has directed me … Continue reading

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Some notes on knowledge disciplines and God

Back in March I wrote about Isaiah Berlin’s essay The Fox and the Hedgehog, where he proposes two different categories of thinker/writer; those who view the world through the lens of one defining idea (hedgehog), or those who draw on a … Continue reading

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Some notes about Ludwig Wittgenstein

I’ve resolved to brush up on my knowledge of a few key philosophers. Today I’ve been reading more about Wittgenstein’s life and philosophy, inspired by Ian Ground’s PESGB lecture last week and also because I felt his thoughts about language … Continue reading

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Animal consciousness revisited

I’ve started going along to the PESGB’s Wednesday lectures. Oral comprehension is something I’m trying to get better at (I don’t know whether it’s an attention problem or a processing problem, probably both), but the chats in the bar afterward are a suitable reward, so … Continue reading

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Maskell and Robinson – on HE, money, and professionalisation

Maskell, D, and Robinson, I. 2002. The New Idea of a University. Imprint Academic. I loved this book. Ian Robinson and Duke Maskell are both (ex?) professors of English Literature (specialising in Chaucer and Austen respectively), and their book is … Continue reading

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Deleuze as a Philosopher of Education

Semetsky, I. 2009. Deleuze as a Philosopher of Education: Affective Knowledge/Effective Learning. The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, 14 (4), pp443-456. I thought I’d get this month’s Pedagogy Reading Group item under my belt early. I’ve reached the end – … Continue reading

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On learning to listen

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop run by a colleague here at UAL called Listening, enquiring and contributing: tuning in to self and others.  I was starting to feel uncomfortable about the way I was contributing and interacting … Continue reading

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Culture and class

Took a while to figure out what I thought of this lot but got there eventually: Bourdieu, P (1984) Distinction, London: Routledge, p. 5-7 Held, D (2004) Introduction to Critical Theory, London: Hutchinson, 89-107 Legg, R (2012) “Bach, Beethoven, Bourdieu: … Continue reading

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