Category Archives: Subject Entries

(Probably not) the introduction to my thesis

The rhizome is an antigenealogy (Deleuze and Guattari 2004: 23).  This thesis is rhizomatic.  It can be read genealogically, but that would be to miss the point.  When we write of hypotheses, methodologies, conclusions and bibliographies, such writing sometimes resembles … Continue reading

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Ontology supervenient upon epistemology: a question…

Can anyone unpack Quine’s slogan a bit? “[Quine] holds, quite generally, that we should not postulate entities without having clear identity-criteria for them. (This is the view that he sums up in the slogan “no entity without identity” (1969: 23. … Continue reading

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ΦH+CMus – Twitter Account for Philosophy of Human+Computer Music

We have a new Twitter account to promote the rolling programme of workshops for the Philosophy of Human+Computer Music. Please ‘follow’ @phihumcompmus and see the website at https://humancomputermusicphilosophy.wordpress.com/

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Hydrogenly Feelings

In his book Networkologies, Christopher Vitale muses, “For if the potential for mind is simply the result of the networking of neurons, essentially living wires, and these are themselves the result of the dynamic networking of matter and energy, which … Continue reading

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To be (told) or not to be (told)

So you’ve paid your £16.50 and spent an hour ambling around the hallowed halls of Burlington House, soaking up the artistry on offer at the Royal Academy’s Rubens show.  What did you think of it?  If you enjoyed it you … Continue reading

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Einsteinian upholstery in meaning construction

During a recent conversation with my philosophy supervisor, we talked about how to give weight (in the sense of assigning relative weights) to meaning, particularly in the context of our idiolectical usages.  We mentioned, in passing, as a metaphor for this … Continue reading

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Lyotard in bits

Writing in the pre-internet dawn of 1986, Jean-François Lyotard said this in his essay “Rewriting Modernity” in The Inhuman[1], “It seems to me that what is really disturbing is much more the importance assumed by the concept of the bit, … Continue reading

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When translations traduce (or when quotes aren’t)

In a recent paper for a philosophy supervision, following a lead in Kraut (2007, 39n), I used a quote from Ian Hacking which seemed to quote Michel Foucault, “Objects constitute themselves in discourse (Hacking 1979, 51)”.  When my supervisor read … Continue reading

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Cogglitating an interview structure

I’ve always liked mind-mapping as an aid to composition / revision since coming across Tony Buzan‘s work many years ago.  I’ve been tinkering with this new (free-ish!) online web-based software from Coggle.  Whilst the cross-linking between arms of the (Deleuzean?) tree … Continue reading

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Ontology from epistemology?

Below is an extract from the rubric provided at the excellent Workshop on philosophy of human+computer music held in the music department at the University of Sheffield on 4 July 2014: “… philosophical work on music is typically focused on … Continue reading

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