“If you need evidence, if you need even existence...”
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A selection of Bianco Luno’s tweets from a period ending in 2020. Aphoristic form is most characteristic of his writing. The earlier 140 character limit at Twitter was amenable.
Luno’s contemporary fragmentary writing.
Luno’s earlier notes on readings, much of it to do directly or tangentially with Otto Weininger, includes contributions from Iaia Gombrowicz.
Bianco Luno’s lessons in darkness. A continuation of Tweets from Hell.
Otto Weininger and a theory
These are notes towards a long overdue appreciation of Weininger and his importance. Owing much to Weininger and insights from feminist thinkers, Luno works out a metaethical picture of how first-order normative ethical theories relate to each other, and why they range over the agents do. It attempts to explain which are foundational moral theories, which are heuristics, and why. Hints: there are exactly two, and they have to do with sex of the biological sort, not to be confused with “gender”…that, too, has to do with sex. (In preparation.)
“The argument from design fails to convince us of the existence of God. We can hardly expect as much from it when there is so little of the same sort of evidence that humans have ever existed.”
[L., a. Gr. απορια, n. of state f. απορι-ος ...]
1589 PUTTENHAM Eng. Poesie (Arb.) 234 Aporia, or the Doubtfull. [So] called..because oftentimes we will seeme to cast perils, and make doubt of things when by a plaine manner of speech wee might affirme or deny him. 1657 J. SMITH Myst. Rhet. 150 Aporia is a figure whereby the Speaker sheweth that he doubteth, either where to begin for the multitude of matters, or what to do or say in some strange or ambiguous thing. 1751 in CHAMBERS; and in mod. Dicts. [E.g. Luke xvi. 3.]
—Oxford English Dictionary Online, Oxford University Press 2002
Past and current involvements:
I write about philosophy, both in a broad sense encompassing serious thinking about any subject and in the narrower sense that professionals in the field employ to mean asking about fundamental questions. I hesitate to call myself a “philosopher” because I think that term applies strictly to people who have been dead at least a century and whose work is still capable of provoking new thought… you’ll have to wait to see about me.
To be a professional teacher of philosophy is, of course, to betray your allegiance. You have to make a living so can’t very well be dead. I neither make a living from philosophy, nor am I even dead yet. I only have the experience of many years of trying to explain philosophy to students in a university setting and to the curious outside that setting—all by way of explaining it to yourself.
Here you will find links to some of my work and other engagements.
I share an identity with a handful of other writers: Bianco Luno, Jürgen Pessoa, and Iaia Gombrowicz. We share some but not all interests and traits. It’s not true that “I contain multitudes,” as Whitman said. Just a few. And not always even one.
~ Victor Muñoz
Seattle and San Cristobal de las Casas
“Chiapas Racers” — Don Bartletti, 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography
Racing trains in Chiapas, the girl’s face is a rebuke to everything dear to a philosopher.