today i will post next week's reading assignments. it may be that Levinas comes at a particularly relevant moment. "Peace and Proximity" is the name of the essay. so perhaps wartime anxieties will find a space in which to speak.
the rest can wait. i must decide whether to open my prospectus by justifying my obsessive use of the first person or starting right in on why a non-individualist ethics is urgently needed in american theory. that long thing i posted yesterday afternoon might worm its way into my intro in some form. what i think i have to do is find a balance between political engagement and intellectual abstraction and what might appear at first to be self-indulgent solipsism. because one thing i wish to do is explain -- or, better, demonstrate -- why solipsism is not necessarily solipsistic.
ok. first the daily solitaire ritual.