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Spinoza Stock Up, Heidegger Riding High

UPDATE: As you can see from this site that philosophy stock prognosticator professor Harman references, Spinoza’s stock DID go up in 2009! (at least against Leibniz stock, which has been experiencing a trending downturn):

The Obama bailout must be having a decided effect on Spinoza Corp, which is still chasing the legendary profits of Leibniz in 2004-5. It may be seen as simply a return to mid-decade performance, or a sign that Spinoza Corp heath has tapped into new post-crisis resources and will leave Leibniz behind. Also Heidegger has been riding high for quite a while, exempting the blimp of Derrida’s death, suggesting that Heidegger is a bit recession proof, performing well in good times and bad, perhaps something like the Shirley Temple Effect.

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5 responses to “Spinoza Stock Up, Heidegger Riding High

  1. Paul J Ennis December 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I bought into Heidegger stock for precisely this reason. People might buy Derrida in times of relative wealth but when the recession kicks in they need something sturdier – something more Being and Timeish.

    • kvond December 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm

      Excellent choice. As you can see Kant Inc. does really well against Hegel stock. Now the interesting thing for those interested in political investments, does buying a stock that performs well across the board make you a purveyor of dread Neoliberalism? Is your Heidegger investment essentially buying into the philosophical IBM of closet Fascism? Maybe you should flesh out your portfolio with some exotics, say some Harman Silicon Valley dividend splits, and throw in some Aristotle which trends well over the centuries, but is underperforming in recent decades.

  2. bryank December 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Ha. I saw this over at Harman’s blog, but didn’t think to make the connection. No doubt Harman checked to see if he himself had been included in the list.

    • kvond December 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

      Well, I suppose he is chasing his entire portfolio. You have to see how Husserl-Heidegger, Latour-Whitehead splits are doing, against say Derrida and Davidson and the what not.

    • kvond December 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

      It should be noted Bryank that OOP isn’t performing very well against Barbie, in fact over the last few years Barbie has been crushing OOP:

      http://www.google.com/trends?q=OOP%2C+Barbie&ctab=183030016&geo=all&date=all

      The interesting thing is that the only regions where OOP has even a little statistical traction against Barbie are in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Interesting…Is this some confirmation of the working hypothesis that OOP, and its love of subterranean causation (causation like “time bombs” as the author says) has connections with terrorism? Have we finally found the secret academic alliance between the Tamil Tigers and the Taliban? Just why is OOP stock performing so well in these political hotbeds? Is Guerilla Metaphysics being read in resistance training camps around fires, just as Marx’s Capital feed the minds of Mao? And what’s this thing that OOP has against Barbie?! I mean, Barbie is an “object”, in fact she might be the Ideal Object, right? What the hell does Harman have against Barbie? I thought this guy was from the mid-West?

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