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(no subject) [May. 27th, 2016|12:46 pm]
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Well, my time in Belgium was worth it, I guess, because I'll be attending my top choice PhD program in philosophy over in New York beginning September. I'm almost finished with my Mphil thesis on Schelling, and I've been reading some Fichte on the side. Hard to believe that only a few years ago I knew nothing about philosophy or that I'd end up dedicating the rest of my life to it. Beyond that, I'm getting more into gnosticism, which I think stems from my desire to escape the hellish confines of the material world. I'm trying to think how to reconcile my gnostic impulses with my Marxism. It'll be interesting to see how that pans out over time.
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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2015|09:28 pm]
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I've spent the day looking back on old livejournal posts and cringing. I think it's easy to forget how long five years is, how much difference it makes to someone, when they're willing to learn and change. I never knew how ignorant and childish I was at the time. A thin-layered cynicism protected me while I needed it, but I also needed it to be stripped away with education. I've turned into a rather compassionate and sensitive person. I was always that person but couldn't express it properly and had a lot of personal shit to take care of before revealing it. I'm honestly very thankful for the people who put up with me and understanding toward those who couldn't, because I couldn't myself. I'm sitting here at 9:30pm. The days in Belgium are so long. How grateful I am to have healthy friendships in my life! How grateful I am to be studying what I want, however exhausting it can be. I'm not sure where I'll be next year or what I'll be doing, but I appreciate the ride I've been on and what it means for my personal growth.
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(no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2014|04:07 am]
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I'm in grad school at KU Leuven in Belgium. I got funding from the government. I'm reading a lot about Hegel nowadays and I plan on writing my thesis on his view of infinity and its relation to God. Things have changed a lot for me. I've had this livejournal for over eight years. It's scary to think how much one can change in that time.
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(no subject) [Jun. 6th, 2014|12:22 pm]
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Some updates. I'm still posting mostly over at tumblr. If you want to add me there, just ask for my username. I wonder if anyone stills read this anyway.

I am a mess. I got into graduate school without funding, and I absolutely refuse to pay for a graduate degree. This leaves me in a bit of a bind. I am waiting to hear back regarding scholarships to Belgium, Greece and Spain. I still haven't heard anything. It's fucking June. Everything starts in September.

I'm going back to Middlebury this summer. I think I'll end up in Stufe 3, which will be challenging but all right. Hopefully I don't place into Stufe 4 because that's basically fluency, which I'm not. I liked Middlebury a lot this year and I think I'll like it more.

I'm very guilty. I need to be making money and I'm not. I feel ashamed about this, because I've internalized capitalist ideology equating productivity with value of life itself. In reality, it's been a rather personally productive time for me.
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Hi Livejournal [Sep. 25th, 2013|05:29 am]
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What's been up with me?

I went to Middlebury's intensive German program this summer. I learned a lot of German and placed into language level C1 at the Goethe-Institut. It is entirely too difficult, but it's a chance to challenge myself.

I'm almost finished with applications for DAAD and Fulbright grants to Heidelberg to study for a master's degree in philosophy. I want to study Hegel, the dialectic, and the history of metaphysics. That is all extremely terrifying, considering I've been learning German for less than three months.

I'm taking Ancient Greek and French lessons. I'm not progressing nearly as quickly as I'd like, yet I still feel overwhelmed.

My Spanish is strangely better than ever.

I'm not sure about grad school in the USA or Canada. I'm considering applying to master's, but not doctorates, since I need some more experience with philosophy before I feel comfortable jumping in.

Overall the last months have been a period of growth.
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(no subject) [Jun. 21st, 2013|01:23 am]
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got the gre scores: 166 verbal, 160 math. not sure if i should re-take. not sure...good enough for the programs i'm interested in, but i have a feeling i'll end up in germany for my masters and come back to the USA at a top analytic school. i sort of fear this happening.
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(no subject) [Feb. 5th, 2013|12:15 pm]
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I just received my acceptance to the Middlebury German language program! Thank you tisiphone for recommending the program a couple of months ago! Now...to wait for the financial aid decision!
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(no subject) [Dec. 24th, 2012|02:06 am]
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BAM! Wonderfully put:
"If Hegel's defect is to underrate the importance of the immediate and contingent [btw this isn't true], Peirce's problem is an inadequate recognition of the role of Thirdness within philosophy itself. To recognize this Thirdness would be to adopt explicitly the point of view (which is often implicitly at work) that philosophical knowledge depends upon the growth and development of ideas; as it is, Peirce is torn between two conceptions of philosophy. His official view leads to an architectonic model which is unrealizable; for his phenomenology, designed to describe what is present to the mind, in fact presupposes a certain conception of mind. In this
respect, Hegel's view that philosophy is a circle seems more appropriate and explains why he has no presuppositionless phenomenology comparable to Peirce's. Although the consideration of Peirce's critique of dialectical philosophy reveals a contradiction in his own approach, it also suggests a way of understanding his arguments and concepts which may be more illuminating than his official methodological pronouncements."
-Gary Shapiro, "Peirce's Critique of Hegel's Phenomenology and Dialectic"
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(no subject) [Dec. 14th, 2012|12:55 am]
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Logic of a soviet apologist:

USSR-->communist
communist-->Party for the people (who cares about state capitalism?)
anyone who cares about the distribution of surplus-->"trot" needing personal attack

any questions?

sad that i can only stomach a subset of a subset of a subset of human beings.

really, how many queer feminist anti-authoritarian (non-anarchist) left-marxists are there?
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(no subject) [Dec. 11th, 2012|11:43 am]
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Going around a circle and doing preferred gender pronouns doesn't make a space trans-safe. Inevitably, there will be at least one cisgender person who says, "I use x/x/x but you can use he OR she for me~~~look how radical I am!!!!" as if gender is some trivial thing for cisnormative people to play with.
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