blackthumb.org.uk

This website belongs to me, Robert Farrow. I studied analytic philosophy and literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and continental philosophy at the University of Essex, where I am currently a research student. My philosophical interests include normative ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language and philosophy of religion. I am currently reading for a Ph.D in critical theory provisionally entitled “Normative Paradigms in Habermas and Honneth”.

My previous employers include Guinness, Interbrew, the Association of Charity Shops and the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC). I currently work on a freelance basis as a writer and researcher, and have published articles on music, film, regional history, social issues and the voluntary sector. My interests include contemporary philosophy, religion, cinema and British/U.S. politics. I am the editorial office manager for Inquiry: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy and I am a member of the National Union of Journalists. I use this website to keep track of my ideas and the various projects I get involved in.  Please do comment on any entries you find interesting or contentious as that is essentially what they are there for.

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  1. Hello Robert,

    You commented on my article Lifting the Veil on the Debate. I have read your views on the issue, but I do not know enough about the philosophical theories you bring into the debate to be able to make an intelligent comment on your views.

    I just wanted to ask what publications you have been published in?

    And, as an editor what did you think of my veil article?

    I look forward to striking up a blogtonic relationship with you… Speak soon, Liam Bailey

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  2. Re: http://skellywag.blogspot.com/2006/10/wotd-paraskevidekatriaphobia.html#c116428348019924354

    Didn’t spot this before. Surely the 7-day week comes from the 28-day cycle of the moon? Or are there other cultures with different cycles?

    M

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  3. Kia ora from New Zealand,Robert,

    I just found your website through my Google Alerts for Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy. I think that you may enjoy my own website – which you are free to use as a resource. I am a retired academic with more than 40 years teaching Architecture at the top Universities on three continents (the UK, U. C. Berkeley and U. of Auckland, New Zealand). I have a PhD in Architecture – specialising in the interface between design education and critical theory/critical pedagogy. I am writing because I thought you might find my own website useful. I have a distinguished teaching Award from the University of Auckland (where I taught for 20 years), and for the last five years served as Director of Academic Programme Development at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, (one of three Maori Universities) in New Zealand where I also taught Critical Education Theory and Cultural Studies. This gave me a unique perspective on issues of Colonisation, Education and Cultural Pluralism and Critical Pedagogy. I retired a year ago and have set up the website as an educational resource, covering issues such as:

    Critical Theory
    Critical Theorists
    Critical Practice (Praxis)
    Critical Pedagogy
    Critical Education Theory
    Colonisation
    Postcolonialism
    Postmodernism
    Indigenous Studies
    Critical Psychology
    Cultural Studies
    Critical Aesthetics
    Hegemony,
    Academic Programme Development
    Sustainable Design
    Critical Design etc. etc.

    The website (www.TonyWardEdu.com ) contains more than 60) downloadable and fully illustrated PDFs on all of these topics and more – offered absolutely free to students from the primer level, up to PhD. It also has a set of extensive bibliographies and related web links in all of these areas.

    The website (www.TonyWardEdu.com ) contains more than 60 (absolutely free) downloadable and fully illustrated PDFs on all of these topics and more offered to students from the primer level, up to PhD. It also has a set of extensive bibliographies and related web links in all of these areas.

    I would be very grateful if you would have a look at the website and perhaps bring it to the attention of your friends and colleagues for them to use as a resource.

    There is no catch!

    It’s just that I believe the world is going to hell at an unimaginable rate and I want to do something to help to turn it around – for my five children and my grandchildren All that I ask in return, is that you and they let me know what you think about the website and cite me for any material that may be downloaded and/or used.

    I would also appreciate a reciprocal link to my site from your own so that others may come to know about it and use it.

    Many thanks

    Dr. Tony Ward Dip.Arch. (Birm)
    Academic Programme, Tertiary Education and Sustainable Design Consultant

    (Ph) (07) 307 2245
    (m) 027 22 66 563
    (e) tonyward.transform@xtra.co.nz

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  4. Tony – you are officially linked up!

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  5. Hi Robert

    I’m reading for an MA (Journalism) at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa and am interested in applying Habermas’s theory of Communicative Action to an empirical study of the mobile web.

    I’ve read around Habermas – can’t find a copy of Communicative Action in South Africa.

    My course supervisor is prodding me to consider some critiques of Habermas (Derrida, Foucault, etc). But I must say I’m intrigued by the comprehensive nature of CA and don’t want to get too sidetracked looking at psychoanalaysis (for example) in excruciating detail.

    Your thoughts would be gratefully accepted.

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  6. Hi Craig,

    I think that the best place for you to start might be with ‘The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity’ (http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=6510). It dates from after ‘Theory of Communicative Action’ but will probably give you some insight into the Habermasian position. Most of the book is a critique of what Habermas deems the normative deficiencies of the Nietzschean tradition. For more on the Foucault/Habermas debate I recommend Kelly (ed.) ‘Critique and Power’ (http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=6135). It all depends on how much you already know about philosophy and sociology. Unfortunately, there’s no real shortcut to understanding Habermas!

    Hope that’s helpful.

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  7. scuzzbucket

    July 11, 2008

    Thanks Rob!

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  8. Jerry Anderson

    May 4, 2009

    Robert,

    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you:

    http://tinyurl.com/sharebuttons

    Hope you find it helpful!

    Cheers,
    Jerry

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