So, the last post had me musing that maybe I could start a new series — though I won’t be sharing EVERY philosophy thing I’ve been reading because some are for research and I’ve learned the hard way not to share too much of my research online before publication. For now, I’ll just note that I’ve been rereading Burke and Kristeva primarily because of my Gothic M.A. course. I teach Burke every year, and throw Kristeva’s The Powers of Horror at them, happily. My own article on abjection is still getting respectably cited, which is nice to see 😎
For today, I’m rereading my homie Witt’s Tractatus, since I missed my annual reread two years in a row. It’s nice to reread it having a bit more German now, although I had started picking up German years and years ago when my PhD dissertation was going to be Heideggerian, when I had a PhD co-supervisor who’s a woman philosopher. This was before I discovered what he was in real life and could not in good conscience use him in my research. Every now and then I think about Dasein, and Sorge, and Geworfenheit, though, after all I read Being and Time so many times! I also still think about the ready-to-hand and being-in-the-world. The ontic and ontological reality of it all. Does it become more fraught in such times.
But there are other ways to be a phenomenologist and I am far happier being a literary Derridean scholar.
So I’m basically chilling this Saturday afternoon by listening to classical music, and (re)reading Wittgenstein and Derrida, an annual tradition for over a decade. Stay tuned for monthly updates.