Last week I did a Skype interview with Chris Long for his podcast on Socratic Politics and digital dialogue. We talked about Arendt, anonymity, and an attribution theory of identity. Listen here, or subscribe through iTunes. The whole series can be found at Chris’s blog, where he also posts personal reflections and has a blog on pedagogy and scholarship. Yes, his industrious posting record does put me to shame.
On re-listening, I realized that I forgot to make my favorite joke about anonymity: a name like “Joshua Miller” is actually as close to anonymous as you can get in this business. There are at least two other philosophers with the same name, which is why I have to use the damn initial. (Pleasant externality: my initials are JAM!) In that sense, ‘anotherpanacea’ is as much a kind of branding as it is a pseudonym. Interested in more on the origins of my superpowers and the need for a secret identity? See here.
Chris has suggested a second podcast, specifically on memory, where we go wild on Plato’s Phaedrus, Marshall McLuhan’s media theory, and, if we can get Leigh Johnson to join us, perhaps Derrida’s deconstruction of the ontology of presence. I’m hoping I can get him to call it, “And Another Thing….”