Very pleased to see a Latvian translation of my essay on machine intelligence & Mary Shelley's "modern Prometheus". (Thanks entirely to Zane Ozola.) Points touched on: Descartes' girl-machine (he's said to have built an android), La Mettrie's man-machine, Vico's cogito-joke, & vengeance (divine, & machine). Read here, in Telos magazine.
What is Europe? & what is the "old European principle of care for the soul"? - Very pleased to be giving a lecture this evening at the Danube Institute in Budapest, with a reply by Ferenc Hörcher, about Jan Patočka's Heretical Essays IV, "Europe & the European Heritage until the End of the 19th Century"
A pleasure to pass a couple of days with philosophical theologian Johannes Hoff in Haydn country (a wine village by the Neusiedler See) discussing his new opus, Verteidigung des Heiligen. Anthropologie der digitalen Transformation. Max Scheler is the man of the hour, says Hoff.
"Humans cannot live in the certitude of meaninglessness”, yet history "seems to exude meaninglessness". I'm giving my third Patočka lecture tonight in Budapest: on metaphysics & nihilism (& Marxism as crypto-nihilism), on human survival & the mystery of the world.
"Mr Dusenbury’s wide erudition that stretches from ancient history to the political philosophies of Hobbes and Rousseau masters the complexities of the story, while his elegant, lucid prose guides the general reader through them." — The Irish Catholic
Tomorrow in Budapest: Gilgamesh on death; Thales on gods; Richard Avenarius on "the human world-concept"; Martin Heidegger on "the deep phenomenon"; Miklós Szentkuthy on the sexlessness of mathematical physics; all to introduce Jan Patočka's dissident philosophy of history ---
"Poetry describes nothing that does not slip towards the unknown."- Georges Bataille, Theory of Religion
"What is needed is for people to behave at all times with dignity, not to allow themselves to be frightened & intimidated, & to speak the truth." - Jan Patočka, "Political Testament," 1977
Julia Kristeva says that "the 'genius of Christianity' has introduced radical innovations … we have not done taking the measure of." I try to take the measure of 'secularity' in a new essay for Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion on my Hurst & Oxford book, The Innocence of Pontius Pilate.… Continue reading Ecce Homo: Jesus & Pilate in the History of Secularity (Emory University)
I am pleased to see that Oxford University Press has released a digital edition of The Innocence of Pontius Pilate. See here.