History / Philosophy

Starting to Dig

Originally posted on Philosophical Excavations:
I am starting to do some “philosophical archaeology” here. I do not mean this in the literal sense, my digging campaigns are not going to carry me into remote places to dig out clay tablets or papyri. They will carry me, instead, into libraries, into used-book-shops, into some corners of the…

History / Ideology / Philosophy / Racism

“Volksgeist” – A Current in German Philosophy of the 19th and 20th Century

In German philosophy of the 19th and early 20th century, there seems to be a current of thinking that assigns a special ontological status to peoples and culutres. These are treated as having something like a soul or “Geist” of their own, a quasi-mental object that exists more or less independently of the individual people, … Continue reading

as if / History / Philosophy / Thoughts

Voices from the Past

I am currently transcribing letters written by my grandparents in the 1950s and 1960s. It is an interesting experience. My grandfather was a graphic artist and there is also an artist’s estate, see https://kellerdoscope.wordpress.com/, containing both commercial and non-commercial works. The letters shed some light on some of these things. They provide a glimpse into … Continue reading