Lots of nice stuff here, including: a spiel for my book Garcian Meditations, some cool analytic/continental crossover material, a half-joking suggestion that logical positivism and phenomenology were really the same thing,* a defense of the positive hoopla surrounding speculative realism and object-oriented philosophy, a presentation of some of the innovations of Tristan Garcia and Graham Harman, and finally some possible mystical implications of Graham Priest's work.**
It's fun stuff. Joe Bob says check it out.
*I'm pretty sure it's just a fact A.J. Ayer and Jean Paul Sartre were in fact never seen together, not even once! Hmm.
**As far as I know, implications which he does not endorse! Priest is one of the most informed and relevant great Western philosophers whose work intersects with and interacts with Eastern Philosophy (and, in his case, Zen Buddhism in particular). Perhaps only Schopenhauer and Heidegger are comparable thinkers in this regard. However, Priest's sometimes offhanded endorsements of the standard kind of contemporary philosophical materialism we get after removing the offending half of Descartes' cosmos is likely to strike the reader as odds with the kind of Zen non-dualism described in Toshihiko Izutsu's Towards a Philosophy of Zen Buddhism. Again, non-dualism is not materialism, which (like its complement, basically theistic idealism) is just dualism with one of the halves collapsed.
On the other hand, the mystical apprehension of the world as entirely object is described by Izutsu as one of the four progressive states of the Lin Chin school, states both realized in meditation and expressed in philosophical systems and basic orientations towards the world. Perhaps viewing the Cartesian version of the 'mind-body problem' as solvable in favor of the Cartesian body should be understood as a dialectical moment? Perhaps it works that way in Priest's texts? I don't know. In any case we could all do worse than let the Lin Chin Lu have the last word here:
Once at the time of the evening lesson, the Master told the monks under his guidance the following:
'Sometimes the person (e.e. the 'subject') is snatched away (i.e. totally negated) while the environment (i.e. the 'object') is left intact. Sometimes the environment is snatched away, while the person is left intact. Sometime the person and the environment are both snatched away. Sometimes the person and the environment are both left intact'.
Thereupon one of the monks came forward and asked, 'What kind of a thing is the-person-being-snatched-away and the-environment-being-left-intact?'
The Master answered, 'As the mild sunshine of the springtime covers the entire earth, the earth weaves out a variegated brocade. The new-born baby has long-trailing hair: the hair is as white as a bundle of yarns'.
The monk asked, 'What kind of a thing is the-environment-being snatched-away and the-man-being-left-intact?'
The Master answered, 'The royal command pervades the whole world; the generals stationed on the frontiers do not raise the tumult of war'.
The monk asked, 'What kind of a thing is the-person-and-the-enviornoment-being-both-snatched-away?'
The Master answered, 'The two remote provinces have lost contact with the central Government'.
The monk asked, 'What kind of a thing is the -person-and-the-environment-being-both-left-intact?'
The Master answered, 'As the King looks down from the top of his palace, he sees the people in the field enjoying their peaceful life'.