The Writer

I’m a 20-something philosophy major and political science minor. Graduation in Spring of 2016, then grad school in philosophy (or possibly law school, though I clearly need to make this decision quickly) is my tentative plan, with the end goal of teaching at the university level.

Research/scholarly interests

  • Social and political philosophy
    • Communitarian critiques of liberalism
    • Rawlsian liberalism
    • Spinoza’s social and political theory
    • Applied virtue ethical theory
    • Marxist theory (though an interest, I’m very much out of my element, and desperately need to do more reading)
  • Continental philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Metaphysics
    • Personal identity
    • The nature of properties
    • Philosophy of time
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Specific philosophers and their work
    • Spinoza
    • Nietzsche
    • Camus
    • Gilles Deleuze
    • Walter Kaufmann

The Blog

Weltschmerz literally means “world grief” (or world pain/world-weariness) and was originally used in the Romantic era to describe a certain pessimistic world view expressed in the works of various authors and poets. But the most important part of the meaning for my purposes is the feeling of sadness when thinking about the evils of the world; it was a skeptically bleak, almost nihilistic worldview. In modern German, the meaning of Weltschmerz is the psychological pain caused by sadness that can occur when realizing that someone’s own weaknesses are caused by the inappropriateness and cruelty of the world and (physical and social) circumstances.

There will be posts on current topics, or topics I care about, assorted ramblings and rantings, and so on. Other posts will simply be composed of assignments from various classes. Of course, not all of them will be put up here; I’m not always particularly satisfied (for various reasons) with how they turn out. The ones I do post here will typically be ones I rather liked, got high marks on, or were otherwise important to me for some other reason.


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