Philosophy and Education

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The Politics of Postanarchism by Saul Newman

“…can we assume that the possibilities of human freedom lie rooted in the natural order, as a secret waiting to be discovered, as a flower waiting to blossom, to use Bookchin’s metaphor? Can we assume that there is a rational unfolding of possibilities, driven by a certain historical and social logic? This would seem to fall into the trap of essentialism, whereby there is a rational essence or being at the foundation of society whose truth we must perceive. There is an implicit positivism here, in which political and social phenomena are seen as conditioned by natural principles and scientifically observable conditions. Here I think one should reject this view of a social order founded on deep rational principles. In the words of Stirner, ‘The essence of the world, so attractive and splendid, is for him who looks to the bottom of it – emptiness.’ In other words, rather than there being a rational objectivity at the foundation of society, an immanent wholeness embodying the potential for human freedom, there is a certain void or emptiness, one that produces radical contingency and indeterminacy rather than scientific objectivity. This idea has been elaborated by Laclau and Mouffe, who eschew the idea of society as a rationally intelligible totality, and instead see it as a field of antagonisms which function as its discursive limit. In other words, what gives society its definitional limit at the same time subverts it as a coherent, whole identity. Therefore, they argue, ‘Society never manages fully to be society, because everything in it is penetrated by its limits, which prevent it from constituting itself as an objective reality.’ Antagonism should not be thought of here in the sense of the Hobbesian state of nature, as a war of everyman against everyman, but rather as a kind of rupturing or displacement of social identities that prevents the closure of society as a coherent identity.”

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philosophactivism collectionPHILOSOPHACTIVISM e-zine collection by afrogenderqueer

A written journey into social change, this collection contains reflections on social justice and commentary on Voice, Power and reclamation for marginalized communities/ the global MAJORITY.

(email/message me for separate copies of either Philosophactivism 1 or 2)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Overworked and Underpaid…what else is new?
2. Environmental Racism
3.Food. Justice. Part 1: The Color of Food Justice
4. Food Justice Part 2: Queering Justice
5. The thing about poverty
6. No, thank you to your “table” OR Not interested in sitting at your table
7. Visionaries don’t need to dream
8. The Master’s Tools…
9. I’m not doing this for my health
10. POC Anti -racist organizing and burnout
11. Thoughts from a QPOC going into 2012
12. Occupy Oakland
13. Throwing Stones at the windows of Ivory Tower
(and bringing knowledge to the People for $Free.99)
14. On Being Bilingual
15. Only tell me of the possibilities, please
16. Oppression and Organizing Against Obliviousness

Philosophactivism 2: Queerbomb 2014 Edition
This volume of Philosophactivism was written specifically for the radical queer pride event Queerbomb, held annually in Austin,TX.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Another Brown(less) Queerbomb
2. Oppression and Austin: Drag Performance, Racism, Misogyny, Transphobia
3. TDOR Speech 2013: Trans Day of Remembrance/ Reclamation /Resistance
4. Farmer’s Markets, Classism/Racism, and moving from Acknowledgment into Action
5. Fed up in Austin
6. On Gentrification
7. The State of Women of Color
8. A Note on my perceived anger and bitterness. Silence, Release, Conviction and Standing in my Power…

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Free will: Wage slavery vs Leisure work

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Buddhism

the selfless mindThe Selfless Mind Personality: Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism by Peter Harvey

A philosophical denail is just a view, a theory… It does not get one actually to examine all the things that one really does identify with… as ‘self’ or ‘I’.

This examination, in a calm meditative context, is what the not-selfteaching aims at. It is not so much a thing to be thought about as to be done.

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sick progSick Progeny? Buddhism and Psychotherapy

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Moonshadows, Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy by The CowherdsMoonshadows, Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy by The Cowherds

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Buddhism and Modern Psychology by Robert Wright (Playlist)

Can meditation (and contemplative practice in general) dampen the activist impulse? Does spirituality encourage detachment from the world’s problems? Or can mystical practice inform and energize political activism? Union Theological Seminary Visiting Professor of Science and Religion Robert Wright moderates a panel discussion on mysticism and activism. Featuring:

Oct 26, 2015 — Robert Wright & Dena Merriam

Dena Merriam

Nov 22, 2015 — Robert Wright & Greg Snyder

Greg Snyder

Oct 20, 2015 — Robert Wright & Jay Michaelson

Jay Michaelson

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Self-theory

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Bigoted Atheism

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Against exporting secularism

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