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Tucson, AZ

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October 11, 2012

Why are you interested in this group?

I am trying to find groups centered around intellectual discussion of some sort, and there really are slim pickings. Though philosophy is not my major field, I took several courses in college where I read some highlights of Western philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant and Mill. So I think I could keep up with a philosophical discussion.

Name your favorite philosopher, branch of philosophy, or period in the history of philosophy..

I am a linguist by training, so my favorite branch of philosophy by default would by the philosophy of language. So I like reading semioticians, and, in particular, since I am also a Russianist, I like Jakobson and the other members of the Prague School. I am also interested in the Whorf-Sapir hypothesis, aka linguistic relativism, which is essentially the hypothesis that our particular language determines to some degree what thoughts we can have. As far as other philosophers outside of linguistics, I have also read Schelling and Feuerbach in relationship to Russian thinkers. I would love to find an excuse to read Hegel and Schopenhauer. I have long known that "The World as Will and Representation" is essential to understanding 19th-century thought, and I like to think of myself as a 19th-century studies person.


I am a freelance Russian-to-English translator as well as a sometimes librarian.

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