Ecofeminsim and the Act of Theoretical Praxis

I recently completed a philosophy course in Environmental Ethics. It was immensely insightful and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Below is a short essay I wrote in response to Janis Birkeland’s article “Ecofeminism: Linking Theory and Practice,” which was included in the book, Ecofeminism: Animals, Women, Nature, addressing the relationship between theory and practice. I have attached […]

The Pathology of Boundaries…

I recently completed a course in Environmental Ethics. It was incredibly helpful and insightful as I have become increasingly concerned with ecology in both my thought and practice, especially since transitioning to Veganism almost nine months ago. The move to become vegan, itself, was motivated and brought on by a deep and thoughtful engagement with […]

Love and the Will to Power: Between Nietzsche and Jung

Carl Jung writes, though I have been unable to locate precisely where, that “Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking.” It is immensely difficult for any interpreter to attempt to accurately convey the hermeneutical or exegetical meaning of an isolated passage that has been ripped from […]

Experiential Alterity…

  In the forward to his book, As a Man Thinketh, James Allen writes that the objective of the text is to “stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that – ‘They themselves are the makers of themselves’ by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage” (5). Allen goes on to say […]

The Womb of the Social: Nurturing the Birth of ‘Mothering’ Contractions

Gustavo Guiterrez writes that “Human history has been written by a white hand, a male hand, from the dominating social class” (1976, 6). Guiterrez goes on to say explain that “Attempts have been made to wipe from their minds the memories of their struggles” but, “This is to deprive them of a source of energy, […]

In the ‘Presentness’ of Being, Dasein asks What ‘is’?

Heidegger’s chief and almost obsessive concern throughout the near entirety of his work is ‘Being’ or Ontology, that is, Being at its most basic and fundamental. In this way, the question “What ‘is’ Dasein?” expresses this concern perfectly. Steven Earnshaw (2006) explains that “it is the word ‘is’ that should command our attention, it is the […]

A Prayer of Perhaps ( To the God I Don’t Believe In)

I pray to you…but, who is the “you” to whom I pray? Who are “you”? Perhaps I pray to no one that isn’t so hard to believe. Infinite pages could be filled by the desperate cries and the wounded words shouted to an empty sky. Perhaps I pray to myself, as I’m sure Feuerbach would […]

Religion and Jazz…

  I’ve been reading through Daniel Dennett’s book Breaking the Spell. In the book Dennett attempts to offer an explanation of religion as a Natural, or perhaps even an evolutionary, Phenomenon. So far I’ve found Breaking the Spell to be very readable, intriguing, enlightening, and incredibly insightful. I came across a few passages that I found to be particularly interesting and while […]

Rob Bell After Magic

  I’ve been reading Kester Brewin‘s latest book entitled After Magic: Moves Beyond Super-Nature, From Batman to Shakespeare. Brewin summarizes the trajectory of the book well, saying that “I am convinced that in our love of power and influence we have ignored the subtle move that many stories take in renouncing magic at their conclusions.” From this vantage Brewin […]

It’s Not You, It’s Me (‘Unbelief’ is not a failure)

I recently came across an article on Patrol Magazine written by editor Jonathan Fitzgerald entitled “We are the Reason They Don’t Believe.” Fitzgerald is also the author of a book I’ve recently begun reading entitled, Not Your Mother’s Morals. The book explores the ways in which modern popular culture is changing the very ways in which we engage with and understand […]