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Circumstantialism

Bi-furcations of whatever sort – nature versus spirit, mind versus body, ultimate reality versus appearance, etc. – have their usage at the level of entrance into metaphysical ‘issues’ and as heuristics making it easier to investigate, discuss, and perhaps solve … Continue reading

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Agamben’s Philosophy (key points)

One of key statements of philosophy last century came through the mouth of Heidegger (though it was obviously not merely his statement): “Higher than actuality stands possibility.” The statement overturns a long-standing bias that favors of ‘what is there’, ‘what … Continue reading

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For the Love of Thought

Confusion in contemporary discourse about thinking: we ‘think too much’. Inclination to turn off the mind, escape. Importance of distinguishing distraction from meditation, annihilation of mind from clarification of mind. Krishnamurti: cessation of imagistic thought leads to awakening of intelligence. … Continue reading

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Staying Alive (Michel Houellebecq)

STAYING ALIVE by Michel Houellebecq FIRST, SUFFERING “The universe screams. The concrete shows the violence with which it was hit like a wall. The concrete cries. The grass groans under the animal teeth: And Man? What can we say of … Continue reading

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Sparrow’s Grace (poem)

SPARROW’S GRACE for Edith and Nancy (from 2008, reedited) I. They’ve got me roped by my little hand. They’re leading me through the big warehouse. They’re slipping my hand in a white loop. They’re tethering me to everyone in a … Continue reading

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After-Thoughts

A silent, meditative word is a word rich in after-thoughts but which minimizes its degree of getting caught in merely discursive formations. A unilateral understanding of the relation between silence and thought-languages* allows a use of the latter which both … Continue reading

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Creative Absurdity (Houellebecq)

[Translation of “L’absurdité créatrice”*, p. 71-81 in Michel Houellebecq, Interventions 2: traces (Paris, Flammarion: 2009), by Timothy Lavenz (2019)] Structure of Poetic Language satisfies the criteria of seriousness for the university; this is not necessarily a criticism. John Cohen observes … Continue reading

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