Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

A peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. It serves those who see philosophy's vocation in questioning and challenging prevailing assumptions about ourselves and our place in the world, developing new ways of thinking about physical existence, life, humanity and society, so helping to create the future insofar as thought affects the issue.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, January

3D Printers, the Third Industrial Revolution and the Demise of Capitalism
The idea behind the contention that new technologies, particularly the 3D printer, have the potential to change society radically is an extrapolation from the societal changes that accompanied the Industrial Revolution, and the theorised ability for...
A Note on Some Contemporary Readings of Hegel's Master-Servant Dialectic
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS Hegel's phenomenological discourse takes place at the abstract level of consciousness, yet the fourth chapter of the Phenomenology (PhG) is one of the richest in offering practical situations and theoretical principles that...
"Can Politics Be Thought in Interiority?" (Translation)
I. I will make use of three categories: interiority, subjectivity, intellectuality. These categories, which have different assignments, find their consistency and their efficacy under the jurisdiction of the same, single principle: people think....
Derrida, Husserl, and the Problem of Prior Sense
"In this situation, Sigwart does not seem to me to press forward to a clear position." Husserl, Logical Investigations I, p. 150 "... (let us leave to one side the grave problem of a world antecedent to this idea)..." Derrida, Problem of Genesis...
Dystopian Contemporary Positions: Sustainable Development as a Manifest Instance of the Epistemological Disposition
"[A]s long as we replace old values with new ones that only amounts to new combinations between reactive forces and the will to nothingness, nothing has changed." --Gilles Deleuze (1) "The fact that at present people all talk of things which...
Heraclitean Critique of Kantian and Enlightenment Ethics through the Fijian Ethos
INTRODUCTION Kant makes a much-unexpected confession in a much-unexpected place. In the Criticism of the third paralogism of transcendental psychology of the first Critique Kant accepts the irrefutability of the Heraclitean notion of universal becoming...
Historicising Historical Theory's History of Cultural Historiography
This paper concerns the historical temporality evoked by historical-theory scholars and cultural historians, in their accounts of the history of cultural historiography. These accounts have been marked by a striking insistence on rupture, allowing...
In Search of a Living Reason: Or: Why You Can't Get There from Here
'Will the reader bid me wake with him to a world of chance and blindness? Or can I persuade him to dream with me of a more living faith than either he or I had as yet conceived as possible? As I have said, reason points remorselessly to an awakening,...
Interpreting Huizinga through Bourdieu: A New Lens for Understanding the Commodification of the Play Element in Society and Its Effects on Genuine Community
Play is at the heart of any society, informing and defining its community and culture. In its most autonomous sense, play allows citizens to express themselves freely and come together for common and enjoyed activities. Through these play experiences,...
Kantian and Nietzschean Aesthetics of Human Nature: A Comparison between the Beautiful/sublime and Apollonian/Dionysian Dualities
Therefore, it would not be wrong to argue that the 'satyr', as the aesthetic extension of the 'Dionysiac', became the raw and monstrous artistic expression of the sublime in nature as well as the sublime in human nature (75). It is the tragic and aesthetic...
Retrieving and Projecting Jung's Transcendent Function with Complexes and the Rosarium Philosophorum
INTRODUCTION A number of writers have highlighted the need to apply Heidegger's writing to Jungian psychology. For example, (Knowles, 2002, p.245) states "Jung and Heidegger were saying the Same differently" and Knowles also says Heidegger and Jung...
Secularism as Monoatheism: The Inverted Theology of Disenchantment
INTRODUCTION It is generally understood that the modern West is defined by, among other things, its secularism (or secularity). Secularism, of course, is defined in opposition to religiosity. This dyad carries with it a narrative about itself; implicit...
Stirb Und Werde the Creation of Thinking in Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy
What does it mean to think? In the following article I will show Gilles Deleuze's answer to this question. According to him 'to think is to create--there is no other creation--but to create is first of all to engender 'thinking' in thought' (Deleuze...
Symbolism, Its Meaning and Effect: The Universal Algebra of Culture
1. Introduction Whitehead studied symbolism and the question of the necessary value of symbols mainly in Symbolism, Its Meaning and Effect, published in 1927. Before perusing that work, it is first of all important to remember the pivotal character...
The Cosmological Aesthetic Worldview in Van Gogh's Late Landscape Paintings
There is a chance that initial responses to Van Gogh's The Starry Night may be just as diverse and unpredictable as to any other painting. However, one can safely say that a mere "beautiful!" does not adequately account for the striking experience...
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