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    The Concept of Style
    Review of Metaphysics 41 (3): 627-628. 1988.
    Style is a complex and problematic term in the critical vocabulary of several disciplines. The eleven authors represented in this volume draw on art history, philosophy, literary theory, and musicology to take on the task of defining "style" precisely, not only within their fields but with cross-disciplinary emphasis. First published in 1979, these essays resulted from lectures given at the Summer Institute in Aesthetics held in Boulder, Colorado, in 1977. Despite the intervening effect of decon…Read more
  •  51
    Antigone’s Claim, Kinship Between Life and Death (review)
    The Owl of Minerva 33 (2): 251-254. 2002.
    In this slim volume of three lectures, Judith Butler reads Sophocles’ Antigone with a care often reserved for Oedipus himself. She takes on Hegel’s interpretation of the play, found primarily in the Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Right. While Butler intends to challenge Hegel’s reading, she begins the book with an epigraph from the Aesthetics: “They are gripped and shattered by something intrinsic to their own being.” It is this engagement with the texts, the sense that Antigone’s fate is o…Read more
  •  48
    Hypatia 18 (4): 1-2. 2003.
  •  39
    Hegel's Theory of Aesthetic Judgment
    The Owl of Minerva 29 (1): 84-86. 1997.
  •  37
    Desire, Dialectic and Otherness: An Essay on Origins
    Review of Metaphysics 41 (4): 826-828. 1988.
    The key word in the title is 'otherness', since this book aims to show how even Hegel, the master of dialectic, fails to adequately explain the phenomenon of otherness. Desmond claims that the common experience of difference can be thought of from four basic perspectives of which dialectic is one. Dialectic has advantages over two of them, yet the last category, the metaxological, is best able to account for the intentional infinity that human beings have paradoxically within the finite boundari…Read more
  •  22
    There is a striking resemblance between the metaphors Galileo and Cézanne use to describe nature. Galileo claims "this grand book, the universe" is written in a mathematical language that alone can lead us out of the "dark labyrinth" of human ignorance. Cézanne suggests that "to read nature is to see it, as if through a veil" in terms of a harmonious arrangement of colors. The identification of reading with light and clarity about the world, seen against a dark ground that their creativity explo…Read more
  •  22
    Hegel's Phenomenology of the "We."
    Review of Metaphysics 43 (2): 413-414. 1989.
    The question must be asked: are we, the readers, included in the "we" of the Phenomenology of Spirit? Are we omnipresent, at times distantly observing the emerging shapes of consciousness, at times plunging in to assist the delivery of those shapes? We are dying to know, and David Parry's book satisfies that desire. If readers are to comprehend the unfolding of the Hegelian science, Parry claims, they must imitate the "we's" activity. As participants in the task, readers can answer the initial q…Read more
  •  20
    Philosophy and Art
    Review of Metaphysics 45 (4): 849-850. 1992.
    This collection of essays has the advantages and disadvantages of having been given, for the most part, as lectures. At their best, the voices are lively and fresh. Ted Cohen's essay on the artistic merit of television, in particular, the effect of watching baseball on television, is quite good. He sets philosophers the task of describing television's transformation of character and of time and space. He cautions against looking at television shows as if we were seeing movies, for that looking i…Read more
  •  18
    Hegel and His Critics: Philosophy in the Aftermath of Hegel
    Review of Metaphysics 44 (3): 623-624. 1991.
    Philosophy in the "aftermath" of Hegel is an apt subtitle for this collection of essays from the Ninth Biennial Meeting of the Hegel Society of America. A dozen articles, most with commentaries, show the healthy diversity of Hegelian summer crops springing up after the seemingly devastating mowing of his system by nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophers. While the major critics are given their due, the general consensus of these articles is that Hegel's thought withstands their attacks.
  •  18
    Merold Westphal, "Hegel, Freedom, and Modernity" (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 32 (1): 148. 1994.
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    Intimate Intertwining
    Chiasmi International 18 247-260. 2016.
    Recent biological studies have wrought a sea-change in our understanding of our intimate relations with the microbiota dwelling within or upon the human body. Since these microorganisms are imperceptible, we have access to them only indirectly, through data analysis, rather than through experiments or tools that enhance human observation. Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of the human subject and our relations with animals depends upon perception in a dynamic of reversibility. Thus both the scientif…Read more
  •  8
    Stylistics: Rethinking the Artforms after Hegel (review)
    The Owl of Minerva 30 (1): 137-140. 1998.
  • Architecture provides a model of Hegel's aesthetic theory. Since architecture displays the characteristics of art works and of the system, this essay maintains that the strengths and weaknesses of architecture parallel those of Hegel's theoretical construct. ;As the threshold to the realm of Absolute Spirit, architecture is considered in terms of general aesthetic criteria, particular art styles , and individual constructions . It is shown that poetic metaphors enhance architectural forms and, i…Read more
  • Merleau-Ponty: Space, Place, Architecture (edited book)
    with Rachel McCann
    Ohio University Press. 2015.