My name is Brook Pearson.
I like to call myself an ‘interdisciplinary philosopher’—my PhD work (published in 2001 as Corresponding Sense) was originally oriented entirely towards New Testament studies, but the process took me laterally into phenomenological philosophy, and more broadly into classical civilization. Since undergoing that process in the late 90s I taught in the UK from 1997 to 2004 and, for the past 6 years, have been teaching at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Humanities. In this time, I have had a remarkable set of opportunities to explore many areas within the humanities from the perspective of my philosophy.
Philosophically speaking, although I have a great deal of appreciation for Wittgenstein, my general touchstones are found in non-Anglo-American philosophy, particularly Foucault, Derrida and Deleuze and Guattari. In the ancient world, I’m particularly interested in Plato and Stoicism and the social and political contexts in which these philosophies were embedded. (This links in with my long-ago sparked interest in New Testament studies, which, of course, has a lot to do with Stoicism.)
Politically, I’m deeply attracted to the possibility of a position that is opposed to factionalism and position-taking. I think that this is what attracts me to the descriptive approaches of Foucault and Deleuze and Guattari, though I am continually challenged by the need to engage, despite not finding myself comfortable with any particular political stripe.
This blog represents the multi- and inter-disciplinary approach that my academic work takes in both classroom and research. I am a cultural omnivore, and love to talk about a lot of things that I can’t always fit into other contexts, so this is now that missing opportunity.