Running with the Pack: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality.
Running with the Pack will be published on March 7th – with Granta, the publishers of The Philosopher and the Wolf. The launch coincided with a scheduled (and, needless to say, very well-earned) sabbatical from the University of Miami, and before I knew it I found myself on a tour of the UK: split between March and May (in between I’ll be spending a month at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, where I’ll be Visiting Professor). I’ll post details of the March schedule as soon as they have been finalized.
... It's about us. I've steered clear of commenting on this, because I really have better things to think about than an unfaithful golfer (not a real sport, by the way), staggering though his unfaithfulness might have been. But now I find myself interested - not in Tiger, he still bores me - but in everyone who is interested in Tiger. In The Philosopher and the Wolf, I talked about how vicious we apes are, and I got a lot of flak for it. But there is no better illustration of what I was talking about than the Tiger Woods affair.
Welcome Mark to Philospot. Mark's first entry is Nietzsche and Dog Training:
In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche wrote: 'A table of values hangs over every nation. It is the table of their overcomings. It is the voice of their will to power.' At least, I'm pretty sure he wrote something like that. I can't find my copy of Thus Spoke Zarathustra to check. Here we find the assertion of a connection between value and overcoming. Overcoming is the ability to resist impulses. The value of a thing is a function of the quantity and intensity of impulses one would be willing to resist in order to possess that thing. And that, in a nutshell, is the rationale for dog training.
You can read more on Mark's blog.
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