Jockey Club – Jim Bradley’s Beyond Hermeneutics: Peirce’s Semiology as a Trinitarian Metaphysics of Communication

As some of you know, here at MUN we have (near) weekly meetings to discuss philosophy texts known as the Jockey Club. The last Jockey Club meeting before exams was discussing Jim Bradley’s piece “Beyond Hermeneutics: Peirce’s Semiology as a Trinitarian Metaphysics of Communication” (available to read here).

Peter Gratton had the forethought to record the session and post it to his blog. I’d encourage everyone to read the essay, which is the best introduction to Peirce I’ve read, and listen to what ended up being a very good discussion of Peirce’s semiotics and speculative philosophy.



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CFP: “Theory Mad Beyond Redemption”: The Post-Kantian Poe


This looks to be a great volume.

A call for papers for a special issue of The Edgar Allan Poe Review, forthcoming in Fall 2012, and guest-edited by Sean Moreland, Devin Zane Shaw, and Jonathan Murphy.

The editors invite original essays that address the influence of German Idealist and Romantic thought upon Edgar Allan Poe. While it has become a critical commonplace that Poe both makes use of and mocks many elements of German Idealism, there has been scant discussion of the specificities of Poe’s complex, and often vexed, treatments of Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy. Poe studies enjoyed a brief revival of the “French Poe” following the psychoanalytic and deconstructive interventions of Lacan and Derrida, but the anti-theoretical backlash of the past two decades has tended to extradite Poe back to his country of origin, restoring his “American Face” at the cost of recognizing the transatlantic influences that indelibly shaped his writing. This collection will focus on Poe’s indebtedness to, as well as his critical distance from, the German Idealist and Romantic writers, but its intent is not to delineate, as Hansen and Pollin (1995) have done, the “German Face” of Poe, so much as it is to reintroduce the theoretical aspect of Poe’s artistry back into the critical conversation.

We especially welcome papers that consider the relationship between Poe’s reception of Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy (including Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schiller, and the Schlegels) and that of his American literary contemporaries (including Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, and Melville); articles that examine the role of Coleridge and Carlyle, Cousin and de Stael in disseminating German idealism upon American shores; and essays that interrogate more recent peregrinations of German philosophy in Continental theory, especially as they pertain to a reconsideration of Poe’s literary legacy.

We require a 250 word abstract and a brief bio by no later than April 30, 2012, and the finished paper (Chicago-style, no more than 9000 words including endnotes) by July 15, 2012. Abstracts, papers, and questions should be directed to:

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Aesthetics in the 21st Century abstract

The Aesthetics in the 21st Century page has been updated to include the program as well as abstracts, so I thought I would post my own, to be presented as the final paper of the conference:

“The Feeling of Things: Transcendental Empiricism in Herder, Whitehead, and Serres”

Abstract: While contemporary philosophers have turned once again to aesthetics as an important field, some going as far as to maintain it as “first philosophy,” this focus has important precursors (and, as we will see, an unfortunately ignored contemporary). This paper aims to outline an important historical tradition steeped in romanticism and a variety of transcendental empiricism, while also showing its relevance and applicability to the speculative turn. Beginning with Johann Gottfried Herder, the author will show an alternative to Kantianism, a philosophy which takes feeling and sensation seriously. This will ground a position the author terms “non-cognitive philosophy,” a methodology in opposition to many of the neo-rationalists associated with or related to speculative realism (Badiou, Meillassoux). Non-cognitive philosophy refuses to reduce the world to concepts, language, human minds, or rationality. Instead, it is a methodology aimed at showing the multiplicity of things, affirming that a thing is not reducible to any single variety of access (cognitive, emotional, aesthetic, causal, logical, relational, etc, etc.). This tradition continues prominently in the work of Alfred North Whitehead and his attempt to construct a “critique of pure feeling” in contrast to the Kantian and Idealist traditions. In addition, Whitehead provides a non-anthropocentric metaphysics, with feeling no longer being tied to flesh and nerves, but is instead an attribute of being. The essay will conclude by turning to Michel Serres, whose work has gone seemingly unnoticed by the speculative realist movement. Serres should be a central figure for the “aesthetic turn” both for his metaphysics of communication as well as his study of bodily sensation as an alternative to epistemology. This tradition founded on the principle of “feeling as first philosophy” will prove to be an important, though untapped, aspect of the speculative turn.

In addition to this paper, I will also be speaking as part of the Editor’s Workshop along with my fellow Speculations editors, Paul Ennis, Thomas Gokey, and Robert Jackson, as well as Paul Boshears from continent. It should be a great conference and I’ve very much looking forward to finally meeting those I’ve known for so long online!

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The Correlationist Continuum


Something I’m working on… More at some point I suppose!

(Click through for a larger image.)

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Liberate your research through open access publishing

I’ll be participating in a panel here at MUN on open-access publishing this week. I am of course an advocate of OA and will be talking about my experiences with both writing for and editing OA volumes. Full info is below:

Workshop: Liberate your research through open access publishing: local success stories

When: 12:30-2pm, Tuesday, November 1st

Where: L2028 (the computer lab on the main floor of the QEII Library)

Abstract: Care about access to scholarly information? Author’s rights? Research funding? Then you need to know more about open access publishing, a global movement transforming the way that scholars share information. Beginning with an overview of open access, the session will explore success stories from local panelists in the Arts, Sciences, and Health Sciences. Attend this session to learn about:

– Why academic authors should retain copyright on their works
– Practical ways for openly disseminating research
– New initiatives from MUN Libraries
– Success stories from 5 local panelists:

Dr. Shabnam Asghari, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Michael Austin, Graduate Student, Department of Philosophy
Dr. John Lewis, Professor, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
Dr. Jennifer Lokash, Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Michael Shute, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

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CFP: Schelling Society of North America

Below is the call for papers for the first annual meeting of the Schelling Society of North America. Please circulate widely!



The SSNA is open to anyone who conducts research on Schelling and Schellingian philosophy in the English language. The SSNA mission is to (1) further research in English, both historical and systematic, on Schelling and related figures (eg., Boehme, Oetinger, Baader, Fichte, Novalis, Hölderlin, Schubert, early Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Oken, Fechner, Coleridge, Bradley, Peirce); (2) organize a stand-alone Schelling conference every other year at a North American University, with proceedings published online, and the best papers published every four years with an academic press; (3) gather data concerning current graduate research in English on Schelling; (4) coordinate translation projects of Schelling into English.


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CFP: Thinking Nature Vol. II – Aesthetics

The following is a courtesy posting for a journal you should all be reading (and not just because I’ve published a piece in the first volume):

For the second issue of Thinking Nature we are seeking papers which address the relation between nature and aesthetics. Writing on and about nature whether theoretical or not often relies on the aesthetic as a means of highlighting nature’s importance and the importance of ecological politics, activism, and living. For this issue we are seeking speculative and experimental approaches to the opportunity and problem of aesthetics as it crosses nature, the natural, and ecology.

Possible Topics:

Environmental Aesthetics
The relation of the sublime to nature and aesthetics
The importance of the visual for ecology/ecological critique
Anthrocentrism and Aesthetics or Aesthetics of the Inhuman
Aesthetics and the natural/artificial relation
Sentience and Aesthetics/Cognitive models and Aesthetics of Nature
Non-Visible Nature and Aesthetics

We are asking for completed manuscripts (in rough draft form or better) of 5,000 – 8,000 words with Chicago style references (footnotes and not endnotes).

We are also interested in art pieces, either single pieces or a small collection, either written, visual, or other.

The Deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2012.

Please email submissions to or

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