Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aphelis on the σύνολον; everything-together.
This model, put forward by Aristotle, is also known as the hylomorphic scheme (where “hylomorphic” is composed of ὕλη and μορφή). As we have seen, it is neither strictly materialist, nor strictly idealist, but it represents instead a problematic effort to bridge the difference between existence and essence. “This”, writes de Beistegui, “is the discourse in the wake of which much of Western metaphysics will come to be engulfed.”. In “The Origin of the Work of Art” Heidegger had already brought attention to the significant historical legacy of this particular way of understanding the conjunction of form and matter:
The distinction between matter and form is the conceptual scheme deployed in the greatest variety of ways by all art theory and aesthetics. This indisputable fact, however, proves neither that the matter-form distinction is adequately grounded, nor that it belongs, originally, to the sphere of art and the artwork.
P. 9
Monday, August 18, 2014
What is pataphysics?
[It] consists in taking nothing seriously.
Just another word for metaphysics then.
Friday, August 15, 2014

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.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Maclean's on architect Antoine Predock.
Martin Heidegger explained that the significance of our dwellings on Earth must be understood in relation to “the primal oneness of earth and sky”—Earth as “the serving bearer, blossoming and . . . rising up into plant and animal”; sky as “the vaulting path of the sun, the course of the changing moon, the wandering glitter of the stars . . .” That’s a pitch not likely to be used by your average Remax sales agent, but it goes to the heart of this unusual architect’s operational code.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
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.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Submitted on Reddit: How does Heidegger define meaning?
Thursday, August 07, 2014
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.
For when Ereignis is not sufficient.

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