My name is Brandon Claycomb, and I’m a Philosophy professor at Marian College in Fond du Lac, WI. For the past couple of years I’ve been the chairperson of the college’s Arts & Humanities Division. I got my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Kentucky in 1999, writing a dissertation titled Beyond Languages Games: Linguistic Action and Social Practices under Ted (Theodore) Schatzki, author of Social Practices, The Site of the Social, and co-editor of The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory. I’m still primarily interested in practice theory and related issues in the Philosophy of the social sciences, but those interests are taking new shape over time through my collaboration with my fellow UK grad and Schatzki-ite Greig Mulberry, whose dissertation Heidegger and Gadamer on Truth and Objectivity articulated a distinctively finitistic conception of objectivity, and who has with some success pushed me to incorporate more insights from hermeneutics into my thinking. Our discussions and collaborations tend to wander over the same rough ground over and over, tracing paths from the wild territory scouted by the early Heidegger, the later Wittgenstein, and Gadamer through the exurbs of the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, then back into the jungles of an incipient neo-Hegelianism whose trees are currently being harvested by the intellectual children and grandchildren of Sellars. We just published “Praxis, Language, Dialogue” in a recent issue of Human Studies. You can see what we’re working on now by perusing this blog.
Almost all of the regular commenters here so far have been Schatzki students, which has led us to consider calling the site “The Schatzki Ring” out of twin homage to “Der Wiener Kreis” and to a medical discovery made long ago by Ted’s grandfather (no links — you’ll have to find the pictures yourself). But all are welcome. Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to join in the conversation.