Ep. 19 – Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and The Invisible

On our episode this week we discuss The Visible and the Invisible (1968) by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, focusing specifically on “The Intertwining–The Chiasm” (whaaa! How do I pronounce that word?!). We first read salacious quotations peppered throughout this text, then explore what questions about objectivity, sensation and experience Merleau-Ponty attempts to answer throughout. We delve into what he potentially reveals about an ontology of the flesh, discussing the significance of his work for political transformation and feminist epistemology. We conclude this episode with two stellar questions, one from Izzy in Kentrucky dealing with the muddled yet fruitful world(s) of theory/practice/praxis, and the other from Sid in Canada, who poses to us some juicy hypotheticals. Stay tuned for our latest!

Thank you to Joe S. for suggesting we read this Merleau-Ponty! Requests for texts for us to discuss? Advice questions for the show? Email us at alwaysalreadypodcast AT gmail DOT com. Subscribe on iTunes. Like our Facebook page. Get the mp3 of the episode here. RSS feed here. This episode’s music by B and by Ricky Perry.



Our new co-host, Emily Crandall!

Dedicated Listeners, welcome our friend, colleague, and new Always Already co-host, Emily Crandall!emilycrandalAAP

Emily Crandall is a PhD student and Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow in the department of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a certificate in Women’s Studies. She holds a BA in Political Theory from UC San Diego. Her proposed dissertation (tentatively titled, “Imagined Futures: the Discursive Limits of Positivism and Rationality”) analyzes the discourse of the climate change denier through the lens of feminist epistemology and science studies as a means to interrogate the extent to which deniers and skeptics may in fact exist within the same ideological realm, or be constrained by the same philosophical tradition, as that of non-deniers. Emily was recently selected to participate in the upcoming (summer 2015) NEH Institute, “Development Ethics and Global Justice: Gender, Economics, Environment” at Michigan State University. In her spare time she enjoys napping and lecturing strangers about sexism.

You may remember Emily from her guest co-hosting on the Laclau episode (and b-side), and she will now be a full-time host along with Rachel, B, and John. Most episodes will be a rotating cast of three co-hosts from the four of us – and this should facilitate a more regular recording schedule with the added flexibility.

Look forward to Emily’s brilliance coming at you in her first episode later this week, on Maurice Merleau-Ponty.


Ep. 12 – Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race

B is out of town but that doesn’t stop us all from recording a new episode, about Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race, edited by Emily S. Lee. Discussing two chapters from Lee – the Introduction as well as Body Movement and Responsibility for a Situation – and one from Donna-Dale L. Marcano – Race/Gender and the Philosopher’s Body – the crew explores the ways attention to embodiment through a phenomenological lens helps us think through the persistence of racism. What’s real about social construction? How much embodiment is too much embodiment? What ethical projects and provocations might arise from a phenomenological account of race? We engage these questions and more, and disagree about the extent that Lee’s phenomenology is too individualistic.

In My Tumblr Friend From Canada, we dispense advice on a question of academic and professional ethics and the eternal conundrum of mind, matter, and game shows.

Thanks to James Padilioni Jr. for suggesting we read this text. Requests for texts for us to discuss? Advice questions to submit? Email us at alwaysalreadypodcast AT gmail DOT com. Subscribe on iTunes. Like our Facebook page. Get the mp3 here. RSS feed here. This episode’s music by B.