If I had known I’d spend the last hours of Sunday night and well onto sunrise Monday morning looking after a sick friend (don't worry — no one is dead and those who needed to get better are getting better), I would have saved the speculations on Doctor Who to update for yesterday. Then, that’s the nature of the unexpected.
Just a brief note today, a hodgepodge of events from the last few days. I’ve finalized the cover design of Under the Trees, Eaten, and have secured the required legal release forms so that everything can be used properly. While I’m sad my feminist Lovecraftian horror tale couldn’t drop in time for Halloween, I’m sure plenty of folks will enjoy some eldritch horror for the Xmas holidays, as we should be on track for a release in the last weeks of this year.
Regarding my philosophy work, I’ve reached a bit of an impasse regarding my research. I’m about to start my investigation into Hannah Arendt’s historical works on totalitarian politics (The Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem), where my previous engagement with her work has focussed more on her strictly philosophical contributions (The Human Condition, The Life of the Mind, and the Kant lectures). I had originally hoped that Jean-Paul Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason could supply a basic storehouse of some useful concepts for my utopias project, but I find his project too mired in the Marxist tradition.
|Marx's ideas have such ubiquity in the history of radical
leftist philosophy, that he seems to quash all alternatives,
even when the object of ridicule.
This last principle may be the philosophical cornerstone of fascism. I'm tempted to say that, but I'm not sure if I want to make it a definitive statement until I can put it at a climax of a completed and published utopias project book.
The more I think about this project, it’s the works of the peaceful anarchist tradition (authors like Mikhail Bakhunin and Peter Kropotkin) that have more potential in this regard. And Arendt’s historical-political work may also offer hints for goals in civil society. My work in philosophy of science has hit a strange head-scratching moment from which I’m not sure how to move on (more about this later, I think, as it develops). But my political work at least has some momentum. Same with my meta-philosophical work, but again, that’s for later.