The newborn just entered into the world, may say to herself, “I am soiled; I am hungry, and decidedly uncomfortable. Surely, my mother knows this. Why then does she not come to feed and change me?” Although surrounded by others, we are profoundly isolated, able to communicate only a small portion of our thoughts, feelings, and observations and unable to fully apprehend what others are attempting to communicate to us. I think that it is this striking isolation that causes us to first consider the nature of our being. Long before I knew the word philosophy, I stared intently at my own hand, concluding that whatever this wonderfully constructed organism was, it was not “me”. I was apart from it, enclosed by it, wearing it if you will, but not it. This was my first impression of my own “being.” Martin Heidegger made the contemplation and explanation of “being” his life’s work.
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Perhaps those who love Shakespeare love him because of his ability to so skillfully portray the many facets of the human condition. He does indeed most always “get it right.” Certainly, his description of lust causes a person like myself, who has completely succumbed to its temptations and lived long enough to reap its harvest, to grimly nod my head in agreement. I do so with sadness recalling the results of acts I now regret, just as others may do so in desperation from the habitual prison that they have built for themselves and are unable to escape. For the purposes of this paper, I will use Blackburn’s definition of lust in the first chapter of his book, which is: “The enthusiastic desire, the desire that infuses the body, for sexual activity and its pleasures for their own sake.”
Posted in Late Modern Philosophy, tagged Émile Borel, Christ, Christianity, Eternal return, Existentialism, Friedrich Nietzsche, God, Louis William Rose, Nietzsche, Will to power, Zarathustra on September 7, 2013| 2 Comments »
Zu bald alt, zu spät klug
I was a child in the sixties, aged six to sixteen, during a time when existentialism was highly celebrated as pop philosophy. Nothing could be more counter-cultural than the words, “God is dead,” or more likely to cause semi-comatose, bushy eye-browed conservatives to sit upright, bristling with indignation. Great fun, but easily diffused if we begin any consideration of Nietzsche’s work by posing the more palatable question, “Well, what if there were no God?” Nietzsche’s explanation of a “Godless” universe is both passionate and robust.
I hope this engenders an open discussion about meta-ethics in general.