I’m now officially moved. My new address is:
At some point, I’ll set the “auto-redirect” feature on here at this address, but I’ll wait a bit to do that. See you there.
My house is innundated with family members right now, so as a result I’m, behind on my posts and replies on East and West. I’ll be back in a few days and at that point I’ll jump right back in (there are a few posts I already have in mind on Chapter 2.) For now, go to Peony’s place and check out her thread on chapter 2 of Bell’s work — “The Three Generations of Human Rights“. In the meantime, I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season. As a gift, below the fold I’ve listed some of my favorite Christmas songs and YouTube links to them. Also, I’ve provided a link to the worst Christmas song. If you have a moment, leave a comment stating your own favorite Christmas song, and I’ll put up a YouTube link to it.
Sam Crane has an interesting post up at Useless Tree on the subject of Confucianism and abortion. Sam raises a number of thoughtful questions, and his post has led me to think a bit more about this issue. I haven’t reached any conclusions at all, but it has led me to ask a few questions myself about how to frame a discussion of this issue.
I’m too busy grading to post anything marginally substantial. So instead, and in the attempt to put off thinning the pile of papers further, I ran some mindless blog analysis. Here’s what I found:
Readers, lurkers and comment makers, lend me your ears: Peony, Bill Haines and I will be organizing a virtual “reading group” (which will take place both here and at Peony’s place, Tang Dynasty Times) focusing on Daniel Bell’s 2000 work East Meets West. The book deals with a very timely topic and is written in dialogue form, making the work accessible to both academics and non-academics alike. See below the fold for more information on the book and the reading group schedule. Hopefully many of the lurkers here will take up the opportunity to buy the book and read along, hopefully joining in on the online conversation. The more the merrier!
Today the Christmas Tree went up. We don’t buy real trees, since it’s a pain in the butt to get them and transport them to the house and then a royal pain to clean up as they dry out. So we do it the other way: stick the fake pole in the tree stand and start sticking in the individual branches into their color coordinated holes. This time things started as usual. First Christie stuck the very top branches into the pole, and then started at the bottom, putting in the biggest branches and working her way up. Then something unexpected happened.
For the past few months, I’ve been a regular reader of the online blogs run by The Atlantic. My immersion into this community of bloggers started when I was drawn to Andrew Sullivan’s blog, which appears there. But since then I’ve been pulled into some of the other Atlantic online “columnists”. Without a doubt, the most fun read is Ta-Nehisi Coates. He’s got a way with words for sure, and he reminds me a lot of the people I knew and was friends with while growing up in New York. In this column (he has an older and more expanded column on his here) he advances his thesis about the use of that word (and some of its more amusing variations). You know which one. He has some interesting — and characteristically controversial — things to say about its use, and who is and isn’t allowed to use it, and when.
I’m a bit behind on some matters (tenure letters, papers, grading, prep, changing diapers, you name it), so I’ve been a bit silent here for the past few days. Still, I didn’t want to miss posting this highly scientific and sophisticated pie chart (care of Andrew Sullivan), one that with a great degree of care that lays out all of the possible consequences of gay marriage and displays their degree of likelihood. See below the fold. The results are, frankly, quite shocking. Further analysis of the results might be in order.
Those who follow the issue of gay marriage no doubt know that Proposition 8 passed in California, denying gays the right to marry. I was looking at the internal polling numbers on the voter demographics for Prop 8, and they show an interesting feature: although voters in the 29 – 64 group voted around 55% in favor of the proposition, and those in the 64+ group voted 61% for it, those in the 18 – 29 group voted 61% against the proposition. What do you make of this?
As I read the Theravada Buddhist work the Dhammapada, I find myself thinking of Kierkegaard. Specifically, I find myself thinking of Abraham and the Knight of Faith, and the relationship between their predicament (as described by Kierkegaard) and the life-situation of the potential Buddhist Arahant. Both typologies, the Buddhist and the Existentialist, seem to me to offer as an ideal a way of “walking betwixt the two worlds” in which one lives as the being that one is.
I just finished reading an article, “The Purloined Philosopher: Youzi on Learning by Virtue” in the latest Philosophy East and West (58, 4) by a frequent commenter here at A Ku Indeed, Bill Haines. It’s a very good article, especially if you don’t know much about Youzi (and I don’t myself). There are a lot of things I’d like to comment on in it, but I have family visiting here at the moment and grading is piling high, so for now I’ll pick out a small piece from the article to talk about that I found interesting. The subject is ritual (li).