Tuesday, September 22, 2009
40+ topics? (rendered here) [Jan. 12, 2018: now so antedated, because:...]. What is a topic anyway?
One topic I wanted to play through is merely a little inhabitation of ‘graciousness,’ another, way down the road, a massive consideration of art after the overt “Conceptual Art” movement. (But isn’t all art involved with conceptuality? So, what’s especially “Conceptual”?)
And when does an identified movement end? Is it, like a concert or a great novel or a life, just a matter of closure of attention (but an afterlife continues inasmuch as we keep one alive to our own going on?).
“let me hear your long lifted note”
That’s the second line of Merwin’s “The Nomad Flute.”
-- gary e. davis --- 4:20 PM
The sequentiality of this blog expresses and complements an ordered agenda of topics—42 presently—that changes through the days and weeks due to advents and distractions, due to the effects of what I’m reading (scarce free time for that), and due to surprising myself by what “he” writes (or disappointing himself).
-- gary e. davis --- 3:23 PM
Friday, September 11, 2009
I’m no less a valley news junkie by trekking into hills of poetic thinking (no matter how long the coming trail). I do the New York Times every morning (much of it, not all). Reuters is nearby all day and evening.
PBS News Hour after work.
-- gary e. davis --- 10:16 PM
The Ecstatic Quotidian—isn’t that a lovely book title?—subtitled: “Phenomenological Sightings in Modern Art and Literature,”
by a philosopher who’s evidently an accomplished poet, Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei (don’t know of her). The book is premised, a reviewer notes, on the reality that “everydayness is transformed as soon as we try to reflect on it.”
-- gary e. davis --- 2:54 PM
Sunday, September 06, 2009
bridging artful flourishing and humanistic care
I’m explicating a general account of ethical life relative to a long review, titled “Morality and Virtue” (Ethics, 2004), very well done, by David Copp (editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory, 2006) and David Sobel (editor of Reasons for Action, 2009). The review, pro and con, is about Michael Slote, Morals from Motives (2001); Philippa Foot, Natural Goodness (2001); and Rosalind Hursthouse, On Virtue Ethics (1999)—altogether a millennial moment for virtue-ethical theory.
-- gary e. davis --- 6:08 PM
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Caring is integral to ethical life and an essential aspect of love,
which of course includes attachment and desire—keeping near, holding dear. But I think the most important feature of love is letting be
(in an existential, humanistic sense), which includes, if called for, letting go.
-- gary e. davis --- 11:08 AM
So, I prove to you, reader, how a voyeur belongs to your nature: wanting to vicariously participate in others’ intimacy—why?
To learn something for managing your own? That’s admirable. Learning never ends, and activism toward growth is good.
To compensate for what you lack? That’s okay! We all have our stories.
You would inebriate, assimilate, accomodate, appropriate—yet be unwittingly entertained.
-- gary e. davis --- 8:35 AM