The Examined Year: 2017
Sunday, December 31, 2017

What is it

A new year offers an opportunity to reflect on the significant events of the previous year. But what ideas and events took shape over the past twelve months that challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways? Join Ken and Josh as they celebrate the examined year with a philosophical look back at the year that was 2017, featuring a roundtable discussion with host emeritus John Perry, as well as conversations with special guests:

The Year in Gender Relations with Laura Kipnis from Northwestern University, author of Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus
• The Year in Democracy and Social Media with Larry Kramer, President of the Hewlett Foundation

Because the unexmained year is not worth reviewing!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017 -- 1:47 PM

The Examined Year 2017

Today's dicussion looking over the past year (2017) is made somewhat humorless by failing to mention how our principled thought and action occurs within a bounded historical conditon. Suppose "modernity" is marked by the emergence of consensus arbitration in public opinion and the way that affects establsihed round practices unsuited to square uses. Ceteris paribus is law as long as intentions shape themselves to their governance. Even the crown headed God elect fail the coherence test in the shifting perameters of mindless attrition, i.e., temporal composting.

As long as the political elect are made ephemeral by a fixed date to possible dismissal and crowd cowing cannot shout down the first person voice, autonomous persons can moral individuate in place by principled enagagment, even if that happens in the figurative or actual underground, or requires time-out in the desert.

I assume collective life consists in a collection of particular persons. If so, the mass admixture of opinion informing the consensus debate moves the hand holds up the cliff depending more on the state of the cliff face than on the "will to climb"—if the metaphor is creepy, mea culpa. When Wittgesntein spoke of "forms of life", I take it as obvious that the life in question was anchored in matter and that continuous individuation is the way the person "matters" in the world of hard edges until dead matter remains no longer moved by the mover.

Laura Kipnis, Professor of Communication, Northwestern University

Larry Kramer, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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