Monthly Archives: July 2013

Professor of Parody?

Professor of Parody? My friend Carlon sent me the link to an article (www.akad.se/Nussbaum.pdf ) where Martha Nussbaum presents a critique against Judith Butler’s position in Gender Trouble. He then asked me for my opinion. So it goes.“Carlon,The Martha Nussbaum … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco, What is an “open work” of art?

Umberto Eco, The Open Work and its Constraints Eco’s notion of “The Open Work” is an attempt to understand modern artworks which can be rendered open by their author, and further completed by the performer, viewer, reader or audience. This … Continue reading

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The Role of Theory in Aesthetics, Morris Weitz

Weitz and the Role of Theory in Aesthetics In the past, the main goal of aesthetics has been to formulate a definition of art. A definition is a statement of the necessary and sufficient properties of what is being defined. … Continue reading

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About Breton’s Nadja

A Critical Essay about “Nadja” by Andre Breton   IA little girl appears in the scene of “ Nadja” and then disappears, with the mania of tearing away the eyes of her dolls just to see what’s there behind them. … Continue reading

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How to Say Good Bye

  (Imagen de Miguel Andrade)   A Silvina Ocampo. Después de Anita   Abrazar tu cuerpito de niña de todas las ciudades iluminadas de norte a sur te busco hija Cuando juega tu infancia juega mi infancia   Yo esperándote bajo … Continue reading

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El Arbol

En la cuadra donde ellas juegan la noche está tan clara que pueden contarse las estrellas sobre los techos bajos, las estrellas claras sobre las fabricas grises de Brooklyn son magnolias con velos al viento. Mis hijas son dos, y … Continue reading

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Indiscernible Objects in Art

I am part of a group of graduate students organizing the annual Philosophy and Art Conference, at Stonybrook University. Last year, the theme of the conference was “Collectivity.” This year each person defended their favorite theme, we all took a vote, … Continue reading

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Open Letter: Translation and Acknowledgement

http://www.openletterbooks.org/ Open Letter is a small press affiliated with the University of Rochester that publishes nothing but literature in translation. A good idea. Starting out with the correct assumption that English speaking readers don’t have full access to voices and … Continue reading

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Between presence and absence: How does the body perceive the world after a loss?

I recently re-read Merleau Ponty’s writings about embodiment and perception, and think he has a lot to say to us about the way our body adapts to the world after a loss. While in “Eye and Mind” the central claim is … Continue reading

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A glimpse at Alfredo Jaar’s struggle with beauty, and what this can teach us about aesthetics

In the field of contemporary art, more and more images and works aim to show us that life is precarious. Alfredo Jaar, a New York based artist from Chile, struggled with an ongoing tension between ethics and beauty. He wanted … Continue reading

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