A Yijing Story

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For visitors who don’t follow my Wayward Philosophy blog, I’ve just posted the text of my paper (and story!) from the World Yijing Summit Forum last month, accompanied by Chinese translation. There’s a bit of context, followed by a story about the great culture hero Fu Xi伏羲. The story comes from my book Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, and the translation into …

The Lives of the Philosophers

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Alongside some other writing projects, I’ve been taking time out to do some consultancy for a Dorling Kindersley book called Philosophers: their lives and works. It is a big book of over one hundred biographies of philosophers (a kind of modern-day Diogenes Laërtius!), and at the moment I’m mainly advising on content. In particular, I’m trying to broaden out the …

Women in Philosophy Course on Highbrow

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I’m really excited to be launching my Women in Philosophy mini-course today over on highbrow. It’s a ten day course that covers everything and everyone from Diotima and Hypatia to Judith Butler and Kimberlé Crenshaw. It’s been hugely stimulating and challenging to write, and has provoked me into thinking once again about the misogyny and sexism of the Western philosophical tradition. …

Highbrow Philosophy!

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I’m delighted to announce that my introductory philosophy course, “What Is Wisdom: An Introduction To Philosophy”, has just been launched over on Highbrow. It’s a ten-day email course which covers a whole range of philosophers — Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, Confucius, Zhuangzi and the Buddha. The course explores what the philosophers have said about what wisdom is or might be. …

More on those four great mysteries…

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When I was in Suzhou a few weeks ago, I gave a talk about my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces at the wonderful Bookworm bookshop, called ‘Four Great Mysteries’ (see the blog post here). In preparation for the talk, I scrawled the following notes, and although the talk itself diverged occasionally wildly from what I’ve written here (the wine helped, as did the fun of …

A. C. Graham on the Uses of Divination

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I thought that this was worth sharing. It comes from A.C. Graham’s [amazon text=Disputers of the Tao&asin=0812690885], and is about the creative potential of divination techniques such as the Yijing, even if we accept (as I do) that the divinatory process is simply an exercise in playing with randomness.   An openness to chance influences loosing thought from preconceptions is indispensable to …

Take Ten Books

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Over on Facebook, a number of friends have tagged me in one of those chain-letter things, asking me to provide a list of ten books that have (“regardless of literary merit”) shaped or affected me deeply one way or another. I’m not a big fan of the “tag-and-pass-it-on” thing, so I thought that I’d put a list here on my …