Saturday, November 11, 2006

Watch out, this is NOT a test!

I guess this is the famous first sentence that takes longer to come up with than the last 50 pages (posts). What should the first topic of the LOGOS-Blog be? "Canonical models for S2"? "The meaning of life"? "The most-cited footnotes in analytic philosophy"? "The amazing fact that noone in Barcelona seems to think of Spock when they hear 'Vulcan'"?
Well, as nothing of that sort quite strikes me as appropriate, I'll ask the obvious (and therefore a bit boring) question: Now we have this thing, what can we do with it?
I'll give it a quick shot, and then I hope you guys will pick up on it (try if you can directly edit the post instead of adding comments; it'd be much more fitting if we wrote the first post as a joint effort. If you can't, write comments and I'll copy it into the main post later)(New plan: write comments and I give references in the list).

- First of all, we should try to free us from all pretentions and all academic shame. The point is to swap half-baked ideas, ask stupid questions, tell that funny story about two brains sharing the same vat (you know, what your normal friends would take as a good reason to pretend not to know you) and so on. Not that brilliant thoughts should be forbidden, but if everyone sits at his desk waiting for a flash of genius this blog will never get going. And after all, your stupid question might not have been all that stupid.
(That last sentence sounds unbearably cheesy, no? I'll walk the walk [as opposed to only talk the talk] and post it anyway)

- What is cool about all this is that we get an idea of what the others think about. This of course comes through the posts, but maybe we could encourage that further by publishing our personal reading lists etc. (please substitute 'etc.')

- Comment 1: E-reading groups (the first one seems well on it's way!)
- Comment 4: Feedback on one's work


Dan López de Sa said...

Glad it got started!

One other possible use of this, as Andi suggested in an e-mail, is to continue issues issuing (?) from discussions in the reading groups, colloquia, and so on—in a way that the exiled among us :'-( can also participate.

(Andi, it's cool to have contributions as comments, as to keep track of who says what, no?)

Andi said...

Another great thing about the medium is that in some cases we could ask the authors we're reading if they'd like to comment on our discussion; I'm sure especially younger philosophers would be up for it.

Ok, let's have the additions as comments, I'll add little references to the main text.

Dan López de Sa said...

Yeah, that's aboslutely right, and a nice way to have further feedback from people we might not be in a position to bring to LOGOS at the time.

Dan López de Sa said...

Another candidate use: trying to get feedback for our own work :-).

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