"On n'est pas sérieux, quand on a dix-sept ans / Et quand on a des tilleuls verts sur la promenade."
I focus on the one form of knowing and of reasoning that the Greek and Roman philosophical traditions did not understand and which recent philosophy of the last several hundred years* has only begun to understand: the process of relating interpersonally, which I call, "relational reason." It is to be contrasted against theoretical and practical reason. Relational reason has implications for politics, art, protest, education, philosophical practice, morality and ethics, the history of literature, cultural interpretation and constructive critique, and more.
One current book articulates the moral and historical conditions of anthroponomy (collective self-governance) in an era of planetary environmental change; a second explores the conditions of democratic life and moral reasoning in the operation of wonder; a third continues the askēses I began with Solar Calendar and continued with The Wind focusing this time on the moral and emotional marking of life as intrinsically right in specific relations; a fourth presents a philosophy of relational reason in the portrait of a woman, Esther, a feminist who lived from 1939-2018; and a fifth explores my reading of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's influence on my understanding of utopian thought, of the Enlightenment, and of my reasons for loving philosophy in the 1990s.
~ Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Shaker Heights, Ohio, October 10th, 2018
* With difficulty, I find its traces appearing in English and French literature in the 17th and 18th centuries and in Francophone thinkers such as Montaigne and Rousseau. However, Theodore Zeldin (An Intimate History of Humanity) is certainly right to reach much deeper and outside of Europe for the roots of the kind of intimacy it develops.
1st draft of Involving Anthroponomy (Routledge, 2020) -- not for publication, but only for constructive and collegial criticism to make it better:
V2V: from Violence to Violation, a project created by the Spring 2018 class in environmental politics, Case Western Reserve University
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