I’ve recently moved to New York, the Manhattan part, still collecting phenomenological evidence about the fact that I used to live in the big city of my native state, New Orleans, Louisiana; as far as I can tell, I now live in a life-size diorama of Plato’s Cave, in the cave part, that is.
I have one of the vanishingly rare solidly good jobs in university system, being here an Assistant Professor on the tenure track. I’m absurdly pleased to be taking it all back on the strength of the absurd, spending hours that I’ve been graced with translating Plato, investigating reception history in every conceivable time and place people might have read Plato, and trying to get to the bottom of every last reference to women in the Platonic corpus. I’m still invested in the dream that Aristotle is trying to solve the Socratic problems Plato presents, rather than refute an absurd position Socrates presents for a lark; and I couldn’t tell you which philosopher I love more.
I’m still singing Tucker Fuller’s latest new classical music in traditional and non-traditional venues, chasing after two boys around the streets of Harlem, and still hoping that the ground of feminist politics and its paradoxical dependence on the ideal regime, as hinted at in Plato’s Republic, will find its way into the discourse. I’m also extremely worried that Aristotle’s attempts to squash the psychological origins of a political dependence on oligarchy won’t work their way into our current understanding of politics, and am writing accordingly. My continental streak continues apace; it seems odd that we feel it justified to generously modify the oddities of say, Foucault and Badieu for our theoretical purposes, while leaving out Beauvoir and Irigaray’s writing — because their oddities are somehow uniquely unforgivable. I’m still not over the perfidies of Descartes’ attempt to sunder the human hylomorphic self into an abstract binary.
I’ll admit to this: B.A. at St. John’s College Annapolis, 2004; M.A. Catholic University of America 2010; one son born March 2010, another May 2012; Ph.D. Tulane 2015. Not a Straussian, but I have read some of the books.