I’m Adam, a doctoral candidate in Philosophy, writing a dissertation which uses the work of existential-phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty to consider what it means to be creative when we encounter art. We usually think of artists as creating things and spectators as simply looking at what was created—but I want to ask: what might it mean for looking to be creative? (More on this at the link above.)
Other artists and thinkers I engage in my philosophical work includes Gaston Bachelard, the writing of Marcel Proust and French poets such as Paul Valery, painters such as Paul Cézanne and Joan Mitchell, jazz musicians like Bill Evans and John Coltrane, and educator/artists like those in the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College (Josef Albers, John Cage, Philip Glass, Paul Klee).
When I am not writing philosophy or thinking about the existential layers in movies and TV, I am writing musicals, playing jazz piano, seeing an opera, walking around a new place with my camera, or enjoying a good board game.
I hope you enjoy thinking about these things with me — please drop me a line if you have ideas for future posts or would like to offer any feedback.
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