Jay De Man

micro blog: rad day edition!

Bad corporate brew from the Jellema Room, where philosophy majors, professors and thinking things everywhere gather, made more quick my sluggish faculties on a cloud-dashed, snow-spitting morning. I met with Professor Chad Engbers this morning to work over an English paper in his wedge-shaped office. We talked about translation, and agreed that translation is always a chance for a text to "breathe again." 

Buoyed by a renewed sense of the worth of the difficult task at hand, I parked in the classics department seminar room, and fought my way through a section of Tacitus' sharp, clever Annals Book XV. Despite all his devices, Nero simply could not shake the lurking suspicion of the people, that the Great Fire of Rome had been set, that it was no accident. 

Perfectly quiet in the early parts of the morning, and well out of the aggressive fluorescents. 

Perfectly quiet in the early parts of the morning, and well out of the aggressive fluorescents. 

I cleaned up a paper on An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume, and delivered the same for Philosophy 252, History of Modern Philosophy. Dr. Lee Hardy is a wise and gentle teacher. He continues to push me to untangle my long and snarled sentences. I resist. 

"When we entertain, therefore, any suspicion, that a philosophical term is employed without any meaning or idea (as is but too frequent), we need but enquire, from what impression is that supposed idea derived?" Hume, from the Enquiry, Section II: Of the Origin of Ideas. 

"When we entertain, therefore, any suspicion, that a philosophical term is employed without any meaning or idea (as is but too frequent), we need but enquire, from what impression is that supposed idea derived?" Hume, from the Enquiry, Section II: Of the Origin of Ideas. 

To cap the day, a visit to Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff's personal library with the opportunity to purchase books. It was a significant honor. Among other students, it was a pleasure to spend time in the renowned philosopher's home, view his library, and take home a few choice volumes. I went straight for the Gadamer (as I am sure you would have too). 

In the throws of anxious selection. 

In the throws of anxious selection. 

Also, Lorde released a new single today. Go, listen.