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    On Lost in Translation: A Pessimistic Critique of Consumerism.Steven Brence - 2022 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 36 (1):34-50.
    ABSTRACT Several elements of the philosophical pessimism of Arthur Schopenhauer are used to explicate the critique of consumerism advanced by the 2003 film Lost in Translation. The negativity of fulfillment and the suffering involved in desire as primed by consumerism, as well as the ideological function of the phenomena of celebrity, are examined in the process.
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    Unwritten Futures: Deleuze, Affirmation, and Creative Becoming.Michael Chiddo - 2022 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 36 (1):87-104.
    ABSTRACT Affirmation is a central concept in Gilles Deleuze's philosophical work. Alongside Friedrich Nietzsche, he considers its fundamental promise to be that of overcoming nihilism, or the triumph of reactive forces. In this article, I analyze Deleuze's notion of affirmation to identify criteria for affirmative philosophical thinking. Specifically, I argue that Deleuze's notions of “problems” and “questions” correspond to an ethics of learning. Affirmative philosophical thinking is accordingly a project of infinite learning that exceeds, or moves beyond, reactive types of (...)
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    Real Interests and Incoherent Desires.Brendan Hogan & Lawrence Marcelle - 2022 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 36 (1):51-68.
    ABSTRACT The fact of pluralism has set a number of practical and theoretical problems for political theorists. One of the most serious difficulties is the question of the criteria for judgment. What critical standards are available when encountering a society's practices that are different from one's own? One strategy for dealing with this is to separate out questions of ethics from questions of morality. We argue that this is a particularly unfruitful conceptual strategy. Rather our position is that the concept (...)
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  4. A Relationalist Rethinking of Destructive Events: Making Better Choices with William James.Maximilian Levenson - 2022 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 36 (1):69-86.
    ABSTRACT The purpose of this article is to show how William James's thought can help to construct a critical approach to the conceptualization of unexpected destructive events and suggest modes of conceptualization that reduce social injustice. I draw on several interrelated themes in James's thought, including, but not limited to: metaphysical and moral relationalism, the tragedy of choice, and the psychology of selective attention. Specifically, I argue that James provides resources for mounting a criticism of a kind of essentialist thinking (...)
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  5. The Ineluctable Modality of Movement: Its Everyday and Aesthetic Presence.Maxine Sheets-Johnstone - 2022 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 36 (1):1-33.
    ABSTRACT Present-day fixations on “embodied minds,” and “enactive” assessments of life fail to recognize alive, moving bodies, precisely as James Joyce implicitly shows in his experience-anchored descriptions of the ineluctable modality of the visual and of the audible. Joyce's experience-anchored descriptions accord with Edmund Husserl's renditions of “the kinestheses” and their integral relationship to perception and to the development of agency. They furthermore accord with John Dewey's writing on aesthetics that describe the immediacy of motion into sense and sense into (...)
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