To all my fellow bloggers, or whomever may have stumbled across this page,

My name is Eric Roorback and I am a student at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, OR. I am currently doing a major in Theology/Biblical studies, and a second major in Greek. My areas of interest/study are kind of broad and eclectic (from Žižek’s  critiques of capitalism to Civil War studies), but most of my time ends up being spent reading in the areas of Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Theory.

My primary reason for starting a blog was to be able to have an outlet for things I had been reading and thinking about over the past year, and since writing seems the prune of education that prevents intellectual constipation I decide to enter the blogging world. My studies over the past year have been centered around the issues of ontology and otherness (hence the name of the blog – (an)Other blog). My real concern has been with how various ontological conceptions deal with the Other, and the ways in which this works itself out in everyday life (e.g. Emmanuel Levinas criticizes Heidegger’s ontology for the ways in which the other is suppressed and then transmuted into the same, a reality that Levinas might possibly have viewed as the antecedent to Heidegger’s brief commitment to National Socialism during the 1930s). Currently these questions are being pursued through the work of Emmanuel Levinas, someone with whom I have recently begun to interact with, and am rapidly growing to appreciate.

I will avoid all the cliche descriptors such as my various favorites and things of that nature. However, if that stuff really interests you I am more than willing to answer any specific questions you might have. Until then I will leave my “about” rather brief.


2 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 IndieFaith April 7, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Hey. Just came across your blog . . . look forward to keeping up with your posts.

  2. 2 ericroorback April 7, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Thanks! I look forward to our future blogalogues! Feel free to contribute with any comments or criticisms you may have, both are appreciated and helpful. I look forward to reading your blog as well.

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