Clerestory (Bryan Kam)

Mental Proliferation, with Isabela Granic

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Part 6 in a series of interviews on the book I'm working on, Neither/Nor. In this episode, ⁠⁠⁠Isabela Granic⁠⁠⁠ asks about the Buddhist term "papança" and how it relates to anxiety and depression.

Topics discussed:

  • The meaning of papança or ⁠Conceptual proliferation⁠
  • Whether this proliferation is related to rumination, anxiety, and depression
  • Historicization of translations
  • How to deconstruct terms
  • Comparing conceptual evolution with biological evolution
  • Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer on definitions
  • The two directions of dependent origination
  • How and when to do conceptual genealogies like Nietzsche
  • Metaphors as newly coined versus worn-out coins
  • The increasing abstraction of the past few thousand years
  • Mental proliferation within a single mind
  • The resistance to abstraction by those who don't live in the built environment (Luria)
  • Individualism in Montaigne and Fichte
  • The issue of "obviousnesses" in Althusser's Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses

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