I am now home, after getting home Sunday (flight problems left us grounded a night in Amsterdam), sleeping, driving to the beach, listening to papers, giving my urban sprawling what-the-hell? essay on Sellars, listening to papers, driving back home, and finally really and truly getting home. I am now back in my office, prepping to begin the Seven Deadly Sins. I am tired–but not complaining. It’s been a wonderful and exhausting month. Good to be home again again.
It is about time for us to leave Bordeaux. We fly back home tomorrow. I then head almost immediately to a conference on Early Analytic Epistemology, a conference at which I present an essay on Sellars I have been struggling with for quite a while, but which shows very little evidence of that fact (I fear).
When I return from that conference, I begin teaching my usual summer course on the Seven Deadly Sins. I enjoy that course and look forward to it.
I have gotten a chance to talk a lot here with my friend, Jean-Phillippe Narboux, a wonderful man and wonderful philosopher. We’ve spent some hours reading Merleau-Ponty together–those hours were very rewarding. I also met and got to talk at some length with Joseph Urbas, who teaches American Literature here, and is writing these days on Emerson and Thoreau. It was good to talk about Emerson again–it has been a while for me–and Joseph makes a most rewarding interlocutor.
I thank both of them. I also thank the folks who attended my papers and asked questions. The papers will be better because of those questions.
Goodbye, Bordeaux, and thanks again!
I am obviously doing a number of things badly.
H/T to Jason Crane
Off in a bit to give my Montaigne/Emerson paper. Talking about Montaigne in Bordeaux seems an arrogatory act. My defense is that I hope only to say something that will be of use to someone, whether in a scholarly or a personal way.