We are inviting papers for a special issue of the East Asian Journal of Philosophy dedicated to Philosophy of the City. You will find all the information in our call for papers.
What makes environments beautiful? What distinguishes the beauty of the city from that of a meadow? How do technologies like self-driving vehicles and 5G shape our aesthetic experience of the city? These are some of the questions I discuss in an interview with the Finnish philosopher Sanna Lehtinen.
Have you ever attended a 24 hours long conference? One of the perks of the current tragic crisis is that this is now possible (I call it a perk because I love conferences; you might think it’s a curse). I have just attended a 24hrs conference on philosophy of the city. It was kicked off by our colleagues in Japan and closed by our friends in the Americas. My own presentation was on transcultural perspectives on the city and the wild, with a focus on Indian cities.
What is the difference between a travel influencer’s and an artist’s approach to capturing pictures of cities? I address this and many other topics in my interview with the fine art photographer Lance A. Lewin.
Asian cities are usually seen as chaotic. However that is because those of us who grew up in Europe and North America are accustomed to linear orders of things, be they buildings or written words. In my new video I talk about the logic behind Asian urban aesthetics.
A new and wonderful review of my book A Picture Held us Captive is available here (in German).
Tim Hofmann aus Basel hat in der Zeitschrift Germanistik eine gute Rezension meiner Dissertation verfasst: “Lobos Lektüren zeichnen sich durch ein hohes Mass an Werkkenntnis aller drei eingehend thematisierter Autoren aus.”
Urban aesthetics is a marginal, though emerging field. This is surprising since it addresses a fairly common intuition that cities can be breathtakingly beautiful, and in a different way than paintings are beautiful. In my new video I talk about recent developments in the field and suggest that cities are not only beautiful because of their looks but also because of the dreams they allow us to dream and the stories they afford for our life.
My paper “The Techne and Poiesis of Urban Life-Forms” can now be purchased online along with other fascinating chapters of Technology and the City, published by Springer!
Elon Musk has some pretty concrete plans for the Red Planet. However, he mostly discusses technological and financial obstacles. I’m more interested in psychological and political challenges to living on Mars. And I found most insightful considerations from an unlikely source: Plato.
Plato’s Laws is about starting a new colony, the fictional city of Magnesia, on an isolated Cretan island. Many of the psychological and political difficulties that Magnesians would face can be juxtaposed to potential settlers on Mars.
The latest video on my YouTube channel is on possible cities on Mars.