I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. My most recent book is Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms. The book is largely about artifacts and I am now thinking more about making and creation, and about social ontology and the philosophy of literature. Before this current phase of research, I worked in epistemology. My previous book is Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood, which dealt with the ways in which what it is to be a person has specifically epistemological consequences.

My current book-in-progress, A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga!, is a radical, cross-genre work that combines philosophy (especially metaphysics and philosophy of language), psychoanalysis, and literary theory with self-writing. You can read an overview of it here. I also have a blog about it, The Parergon, which, as its name suggests, is itself a parergon to the book.

On this site, you can find my CV, information about publications (with links to the full text of papers), some musical compositions from an earlier phase of my existence, extensive material on how Couperin’s piece “Les Barricades Mystérieuses” (The Mysterious Barricades) has been used by other creative artists, some translations of songs by the Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio de André, and a translation of the philosophically interesting sonnet “S’i fosse foco” by Cecco Angiolieri.

And you can check out here my latest meme video, based on the Distracted Boyfriend meme, this one with music by me as well. (There are two more meme videos connected with the Batman Meme Project which you can view on the page devoted to that work.)

The Parergon: The Batman Meme Project Blog

The Savage Detectives and my irascible Yiddish expert

About one year ago, I had some contact with an onomast and linguist specializing in Jewish languages. (There are many Jewish languages: Hebrew ancient and modern, Aramaic, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Italkian, and others.) I wrote about this in several previous posts about the Yiddish meme in my book A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme …

On the matter of genre: auto-theory, in the form of philosophy, in the form of an art catalogue

Whenever I have to describe my book-in-progress, A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga!, I find myself at a loss. I literally do not know what kind of a work it is. This is one of the things that makes work on it so exciting. But there are contexts – such as …