Darrell Arnold Darrell Arnold

BLOG BACKGROUND


I began blogging in 2017.  My strongest background is in German philosophy since Kant, with a focus on social theory, especially as relevant to the themes of globalization, environmental philosophy, and philosophy of technology.

To date, my blogs have had another focus. My first focussed blog was a commentary on the fragments of Heraclitus. I completed it within about a year and comment more on it below. I have had two other major focuses,  both which also basically are working towards a book. One is a historical introduction to philosophy. The other is an introduction to theoretical issues of ethics. Both of those are now about half finished. I will add these as separate ebooks under separate blog pages soon. As I have prepared for some various conferences, and had occasion to follow my bliss in considering contemporary affairs, I have taken up some other subjects.

My interest in music and art is long-standing. Here, it connects to issues in philosophy of technology and social theory. I’m especially interested in questions such as how technologies in the fields of art and music influence our perceptual possibilities and in how music and art are taken up in social movements. The arts remain under-theorized but are important for everything from thorough answers to questions of rationality to a good understanding of social life. The blog has given me the opportunity to begin to explore some of these issues as they dovetail into these long-standing interests. As I have won a Mellon Foundation funded grant that will focus on activist art, I will have opportunity over the next year to focus some more of my energies on this work.

This is a work in progress. Early entries will be updated and changed as I find and correct missteps and rework the ways in which I want to present this material. I welcome comments!