A conversation between Robert Hanna and Scott Heftler

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Philosophy With Bob And Scott is a series of conversations about fundamental philosophical ideas, problems, and topics, from A to Z.

The aim of these conversations is to move us beyond the false dichotomy between Analytic philosophy and so-called “Continental” philosophy–as if there were no other relevant alternatives: but in fact, there is at least one–toward a broadly and radically Kantian philosophy of the future.

This is the fourth episode.

In this episode, we discuss:

1. Research workflow tips from Bob & Kant.

2. The political Right’s cynical strategy for appropriating and inverting the Left’s political rhetoric &…


By Robert Hanna

“Organicism of course,” by timemit (Deviant Art)

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You can also download and read or share a .pdf of the complete text of this essay HERE.

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The Point Is To Shape The World: A Worldview In Eleven Theses

Early Marx’s famous philosophical apothegm, “[t]he philosophers have only the world in different ways; the point is to it,”[i] is and .

Yes, leaving aside Marx himself and a few other philosophical activists,[ii] philosophers have only ever variously the world.

But no, the point that philosophers should act upon the world directly and unreflectively, as if they were shot out of a revolutionist’s rifle.

Instead, the point is that philosophers should critically and reflectively


An edgy essay by Otto Paans

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Aphorisms 1–11: Social Dictatorship

2. Aphorisms 12–24: State Power

3. Aphorisms 25–38: Guilt and Exculpation

4. Aphorisms 39–52: Confusion and Control

5. Aphorisms 53–61: The Myth of Order

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State Power

12. How State power works. First, give people some goodies (say, money, property, social status, adult toys, etc.) and let them grow attached to them. Second, demonstrate that you can take away their prized possessions at will. Third, prescribe more and more restrictive rules that must be followed in order for the people to be able to acquire and hold onto their goodies. Carry out this process gradually…


An edgy essay by Robert Hanna

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You can also download and read or share a .pdf of the complete text of this essay HERE.

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The Paradox of Distributive Social Justice

is the set of moral, social-institutional, and/or political principles, processes, and structures that determine the distribution of benefits and burdens in capitalist, liberal, democratic nation-States.

In their article on “Distributive Justice,” Julian Lamont and Christi Favor quite correctly although somewhat tautologously note that


An edgy essay by Otto Paans

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Aphorisms 1–11: Social Dictatorship

2. Aphorisms 12–24: State Power

3. Aphorisms 25–38: Guilt and Exculpation

4. Aphorisms 39–52: Confusion and Control

5. Aphorisms 53–61: The Myth of Order

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Social Dictatorship

1. Ideology. By allowing our intellectuals only to quote others who — no doubt — a are also intellectuals, we create an echo-culture, a circular quotation circus. Only the ideas accepted by the well-learned, or ideas that promise an acceptable deviation are taken up in the canon. Subversion, resistance, daring: these are the names for ideas that feel comfortably dangerous, fashionably critical, and well-educated in a bourgeois way. Don’t be misled…


A Conversation between Robert Hanna and Scott Heftler

Philosophy With Bob And Scott is a series of conversations about fundamental philosophical ideas, problems, and topics, from A to Z.

The aim of these conversations is to move us beyond the false dichotomy between Analytic philosophy and so-called “Continental” philosophy–as if there were no other relevant alternatives: but in fact, there is at least one–toward a broadly and radically Kantian philosophy of the future.

This is the third episode.

In this episode, we discuss:

1. (2009) and (2019), both co-authored with Michelle Maiese.

2. The partially causal, formative, and normative…


By Otto Paans

ARTechnic Architects Japan (2014)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Introduction

II. Why Singulars?

III. The Singular and the Particular

IV. Singularization and Architectural Science

V. Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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This is the fourth and final installment, and contains sections IV, V, and the BIBLIOGRAPHY.

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IV. Singularization and Architectural Science

If my reasoning in the previous sections is correct, we should revise our familiar architectural concepts in order to think about the dynamics of architectural design practices and the role they play in understanding what kind of science is or could be.

In doing so, I’ll build on a proposal made by Irit Rogoff regarding the role of singularisation in creative (not just architectural design)…


By Robert Hanna

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(Letter to Marcus Herz, 21 February 1772 [ 10: 129])

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By Otto Paans

ARTechnic Architects Japan (2014)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Introduction

II. Why Singulars?

III. The Singular and the Particular

IV. Singularization and Architectural Science

V. Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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This is the third of four installments, and contains section III.

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III. The Singular and the Particular

The notion of the spatial singular sits uneasily with our preconceived categories of thinking. Terms like “object” and “context” can be theoretically treated as separate entities, but in reality, they are makeshift notions that obfuscate as much as they reveal. After all, to speak of an “object” in a “context” is to idealize the complexity of the relationships between the two. …


A Conversation between Robert Hanna and Scott Heftler

Philosophy With Bob And Scott is a series of conversations about fundamental philosophical ideas, problems, and topics, from A to Z.

The aim of these conversations is to move us beyond the false dichotomy between Analytic philosophy and so-called “Continental” philosophy–as if there were no other relevant alternatives: but in fact, there is at least one–toward a broadly and radically Kantian philosophy of the future.

This is the second episode.

In this episode, we discuss:

1. On publishing a comprehensive historical critique of Analytic philosophy, the dominant philosophical tradition in recent and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy.

2. Kant’s standing…

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