About

Hey everyone I’m Adam. I’m a recent graduate from Goucher College right outside of Baltimore. I have a BA in Philosophy.  I’m planning on doing something in either the media/communications, academic, journalism, education, or community planning/development fields.

My blog, Cartographic Thought, is essentially supposed to be a “philosophy” blog, but often I will talk about things that are either philosophical but in a non-academic sense of the word, or things which aren’t really philosophy at all but have just been on my mind. Thinking as at least as much the topic of my blog as philosophy.

The name of my blog comes from my view of thinking as being like mapping out and exploring new territory. To me, all thinkers, writing and philosophers are essentially also cartographers. My view is inspired by a quote by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: “Writing has nothing to do with meaning; it has to do with landsurveying and cartography, including the mapping of countries yet to come.”

Theoretical  topics of interest to me I might write about include:

  • 19th, 20th, and 21st century Continental philosophy
  • existentialism and existential psychology
  • Romanticism
  • literature
  • music,’especially electronica and hip hop
  • film
  • poetry/poetics/the poetic/”poetic thinking” (to use Martin Heidegger’s term)
  • ethics (especially involving compassion and the alleviation of suffering. also alterity)
  • metaphilosophy/philosophy of philosophy/philosophy of thinking
  • mythology and Jungian psychology;
  • social and political philosophy/theory
  • sociology, especially sociology of mental health, subjectivity and emotions, and of public, civic, commercial, and urban life;
  • affect theory
  • relational philosophy/theory/psychology (especially regarding intersubjectivity and alterity)
  • questions of the Self, and of individuality and individualism
  • humanism and posthumanism
  • gay male studies; especially gay male intersubjectivity
  • queer theory
  • critical psychology
  • cultural and social history
  • nostalgia and its philosophical, cultural, and psychological significance; especially with regard to nostalgia for the 80s and 90s
  • music videos, from a cultural studies perspective
  • modernity
  • philosophy of love, sexuality, desire, pleasure, and intimacy
  • philosophy of mental illness and insanity
  • critique of online “social justice warrior” discourse/critique of “identity politics”, i.e Tumblr, etc.
  • pluralism, especially social pluralism/pluralist sociality and pluralist ontologies
  • non-polemical philosophizing/philosophizing without an “opposition”
  • poststructuralism and deconstruction
  • sociality/the social
  • philosophical genealogy and philosophy of history; including the “history of Western metaphysics”
  • cultural/social geography
  • capitalism, globalization, and neoliberalism
  • space and place
  • cultural and media studies
  • ecophilosophy/philosophy of the environment
  • aesthetics, especially technoaesthetics
  • philosophy of the body
  • philosophy and psychology of religion
  • comparative religion
  • mysticism and spirituality
  • philosophy of the sacred
  • sociology and psychology of metaphysics
  • cultural memory
  • current events
  • philosophy and social ontology & psychology of race, (from the perspective of a white guy in post-Freddie Gray Baltimore.)
  • climate change- practical, existential, ontological, and ethical factors
  • agonism

Overall, perhaps my biggest interest is the experience of subjectivity in modern life.

Please feel free to say hi if you have any questions or comments! 🙂

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