In Asia Times
, Strauss on the polemos of all things
When Heidegger speaks of "non-Being" in the ontological sense, he conceals (or rather discloses) a sly nod to Goethe's Mephistopheles: boredom, an objectless anxiety and alienation from life, gives us an intimation of "non-Being," Heidegger said. He might have mentioned rage, perversion, horror and violence. Heidegger followed the logical conclusion of his thinking into membership in the Nazi Party. I do not mean to attribute too much authority to Heidegger; as Michael Wyschogrod showed in his classic study of the two philosophers, he borrowed his best material from Heidegger. Nor did Heidegger discover intimations of non-Being in the pre-Socratics; Fernando de Rojas' citation of Heraclitus in the introduction to La Celestina (1499) long preceded him. Still, Heidegger gave us the modern formulation of the problem in its standard form.
My versión catedrática
includes Fernando's Prologo
. He cites fragment 53 in Latin: omnia secundum litem fiunt
[Πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι]. I don't recall it coming up in the version where Penelope Cruz played Melibea.
What is pataphysics
[It] consists in taking nothing seriously.
Just another word for metaphysics then.
Philosophy Is Not A Luxury's existentialist interpretation
of the Lego movie.
In the LEGO world Emmet comes into contact with a group of Master Builders who are able to construct things…gasp…without instructions. They invent new and novel things. The Master Builders inherently subvert the status quo and so they are the archenemy of Lord Business who rules the LEGO world.
These Master Builders who make independent choices about what they will build and create exemplify Heidegger’s conception of authenticity. We becomes authentic when we move beyond doing what “one’ does and make our own choices about how to live our lives. Martin Heidegger is often thought of as an existentialist and this is the heart of existentialist philosophy.
In Radical Philosophy
Daniel Nemenyi reviews
Margarethe von Trotta's Arendt biopic.
In opposition to the tyrannically orientated ‘thinking’ of Heidegger and the philosophers, Arendt drew on a sharply distinguished non-professional mode of thinking, ‘ever present’ and geared towards actualizing that ‘most political of abilities’, judgement. The activity of judging particular objects follows in lieu of a form of thinking which activates the ‘silent dialogue’ of consciousness and purges unexamined opinions – Eichmann’s belief in the Führer as much as Heidegger’s – triggering action and a sense of conscience rather than the subsumption of present objects under general theoretical constructs.
Nick Gillespie on the intellectual roots of Americanism
The whole point of America — and this is an admixture of Saul Bellow and Heidegger and Jim Morrison lyrics — is that it's in a constant state of becoming, constantly changing and mongrelizing. We're doing exactly what free minds and free markets allow you to do. Part of why I'm a libertarian is that if you restrict people less, interesting stuff happens.
Political labels in the USA get twisted around. "Liberal" is used to describe those who favor more government control. A "conservative" is someone who wants to radically change the social contract. And the adjective "libertarian" is applied to people who want the liberty to be racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and shoot people they don't like. This is not a criticism of Gillespie, but when Paul the elder and the younger are described as libertarian, the label is more confusing than helpful.
Perhaps "libertine" could be the adjective for people opposed to oppression in general. In French libertinage
has a political, not just a moral, definition.