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Spirituo-materiality

SPIRITUO-MATERIALITY It’s difficult to countenance the divide between atheism and theism as a real one any longer, given the degree to which things have sunk into opinion on these matters, and when those preparing the next stages in thought are … Continue reading

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Enlikenment

ENLIKENMENT (after Wallace Stevens) 1 Some call the opacity of reality ‘God’, some call it ‘matter’. If you dig down deep enough, what do you find? Top-spinning quarks or Ishvara’s playing cards? A category like ‘quarks’ is made of resemblances … Continue reading

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Spit it out!

SPIT IT OUT! * To argue is to disagree about the world: what it has been, how it is, what it should become. Alongside this, a disagreement about our place in it, about who belongs where. It’s where world is … Continue reading

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General Energy

original: April 16, 2015 Bataille argues that the world of work (civilized society) poses human beings as objects among others, like tools designed to have function or a goal, objects that can fall into disuse. In his view, out of … Continue reading

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Philosophy of the Encounter

I Louis Althusser presents his thought of a “philosophy of the encounter” as follows: 1.) Before the formation of the world (any world), an infinity of atoms rain or fall through the void. All the elements that could potentially make … Continue reading

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Gott sei Dank

The only relation of consciousness to happiness is gratitude: in which lies its incomparable dignity. —Theodore Adorno Theological connotations and religious conclusions aside, let me briefly entertain the following hypothesis: the name “God” emerges from our spontaneous need to give … Continue reading

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Nihilism and the Absolute

Both enchanted Nature and the immanent Divinities are lost once the Absolute comes close and wants to be near us, bei uns. What is left in its proximity is the disenchanted World, without any ‘outside’, any ‘sacred’—except perhaps where the … Continue reading

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