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Doing another for pinning purposes. I'm a so-far and Major & Minor @ MMC. Interests of mine include , Continental , philosophy of life/biology, , , , , , and some /#poststructuralism, . I also like to do some extra-disciplinary dabbling when I have the chance. Alt mstdn account: niu.moe/@mrjunge

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@kai I would rather see art more generally as an emotional catalyst for reflective thought, or a facilitator that mends or traverses the painful gap between ideal thought and lived reality. It tries to evoke internal impressions to challenge or disrupt the day-to-day rhythm. So, art can be dangerous, and it can be manipulative. That's why poets should also be serious moral thinkers. There are many imperial conquests fueled by poets.

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@kai Saw your toot on art and notion of emotional manipulation. I'm not sure I would call art emotionally manipulative, as "manipulation" is an inherently moral term (meaning it is loaded with moral presuppositions, kind of like "theft" [you have to define what can be legit owned first] or "coercion" [you have to sort out in what situations can one significantly call a decision not one's own]).

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The quality of the sources takes care of itself when we recognize our own motivations and inclinations in choosing those sources, and the purposes in doing so, as well as how our biases interfere with our interpretations. Making it an academic practice to tell students to avoid certain sources does a disservice to building actual research skills at best, and at most just reinforces potential institutional biases within academia itself.

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I think there's a lot of misconceptions about sources, that even academia itself perpetuates. The problem when doing research is almost never the actual source. It's you.

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Working on a more professional email signature this morning.

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Milked the previous allusion in the William James essay.

Typing about William James' "The Will to Believe." Couldn't resist doing this despite this being a late submission.

William James' pragmatism seems to make more sense to me as a theory of linguistic meaning rather than a theory of truth. In which case it would be an improvement on Wittgenstein.

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when you're after one passage of Hegel

Finally typing this Annotated Bib after all that reading..

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