:: Interviews

Identities of a Feminist Performance Artist published 20/01/2018

I really want Universal Basic Income, Universal Health Care, and Child Care. I want abortion on demand and without apology, I want an ERA. I want an end to poverty and the mass incarceration of black men and an end to voter suppression. I want everyone to have time for contemplation and walking, for pleasure in living.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Christen Clifford

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The Anti-Platonist Metaphysician published

An anti-Platonist like myself has one advantage and one disadvantage over against the Platonist. We have only one realm or domain and so do not need to worry about cross-domain magic. Ockham’s Razor tells us that if we have two equally good theories and one of them commits us to fewer kinds of entities than the other, then we should choose the one with fewer kinds. If nominalism and Platonism can account for and explain the same phenomena, then nominalism should win. The problem with Ockham’s Razor is always that it is rare for theories to be so obviously comparable. Much more often, one theory has some advantages and drawbacks, and the other has different advantages and drawbacks.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Peter Simons.

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Hopefully we write against ourselves: an interview with Preti Taneja published 18/01/2018

For me, generational damage is the thing that just enrages me the most. The impact of that particularly on women is—in the Indian context—just so insidious. The fact that it’s passed down is perhaps the most difficult thing of all for people to accept and then get past. Really, those are the two main things that make me want to be a writer. And the Lear story is one of intergenerational damage, there’s no doubt about that.

Jacinta Mulders interviews Preti Taneja.

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Along With The Eggs, Are There Sets Of Eggs In The Fridge Too? And Other Key Questions… published 13/01/2018

The idea that mathematical truths are about human activities is deeply flawed. Even as basic an area as arithmetic deals with quantities human beings can’t handle—numbers greater than the number of particles in the universe for instance. You could say that mathematical truths are shorthand for idealised human activities. But the idealisation involved leaves our actual abilities far behind. And the more abstract the mathematics, the more strained it is to interpret it in such parochial terms.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Alexander Paseau.

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Poise Is Everything… Surfing Uncertainty published 05/01/2018

The core idea is that what matters is not where stuff is encoded, or in what medium, but the uses to which it can readily be put. Poise is everything. Just as it doesn’t really matter, when working online, whether some piece of information is stored on your hard drive or in the cloud, as long as it’s usually ready for access when the need is there.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Andy Clark.

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Spinoza’s Metaphysics and His Relationship To Hegel and the German Idealists published 30/12/2017

The “every determination is negation” formula was extremely important for Hegel, as he considered it an important precedent of his own dialectic. I have mentioned earlier that Hegel viewed Spinoza’s monism as a modern reemergence of Eleatic philosophy. Hegel – just like Della Rocca – was truly enchanted by the Sirens of Elea. He thought that philosophy must begin with Spinozist or Eleatic monism, but that it also must proceed beyond this standpoint, and he considered dialectic – the formation and implosion of contradictions – as the primary vehicle for the unfolding of philosophy. Thus, for Hegel, Spinozism was not only the proper point of departure for philosophy, but it also contained the tool – i.e. dialectic – which allowed philosophy to develop and move ahead.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Yitzhak Melamed.

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Credence: What To Do When We’re Not Certain published 23/12/2017

When I say it’s as likely as not that Ngugi will win next year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, and about time, I’m saying that my credence that Ngugi will win is the same as my credence that he’ll lose. And again when I say I’m 95% confident it will rain tomorrow. So credences are graded doxastic states that a subject like you or me or Ngugi or a robot can be in. They are doxastic states because, like our beliefs and unlike our desires, we use them to represent the way the world is. And they are graded because they come in degrees: I can have high credence it will rain tomorrow, low credence, middling credence, quite high credence, vanishingly small credence, and so on.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Richard Pettigrew.

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Existentialists In Love published 16/12/2017

Lovers can be the best mirrors because they tend to know us more intimately than anyone else. This is a curse too, though, because the more we care about another person, the more we want to know what they think of us, the more power they have over us, the more dependent we are on their views of us, and the more we want to try to control that view. There are two main strategies we use to try to find out the other’s views – their secrets – about us: possession and being possessed. That’s the sadism and masochism. We try to force the other person to reveal what they think of us, or we try to be subservient, to assimilate into the other.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Skye C. Cleary.

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… Or, ‘On the Novel’ – An Interview with Agustín Fernández Mallo published 14/12/2017

I believe that research for a novel is like a stone tied round the writer’s foot, it doesn’t allow him or her to move forward, he or she sinks. You have to be brave, imaginative and suggest nonsense which nevertheless has to be credible. This is the challenge: verisimilitude, not truth. 

John Trefry interviews Agustín Fernández Mallo.

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Performative Trance Trauma published 10/12/2017

My work often hangs out in the discomfort, the simultaneous alienation and implication of the viewer. Show them something raw, show them a trauma and show them a trance, amplify the calamity of being a woman, let them think what they want but make. them. think.

[Image: Antoine S. Lutens]

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Leah Aron.

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