Bloody birth wriggling from the womb. Cries of life after the first difficult breath. How to grasp this new thread Tightening itself within the tapestry?
Open Virtue, Closed Propriety: Considerations on Daoism and Bergsonism
No consideration of parallels between Daoism and Bergsonism has been accomplished. Yet there is a profitable comparison to be made between the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Dào Dé Jing and the more contemporary work of French philosopher Henri Bergson. Each philosophy concerns a creative force that flows through the material world. Furthermore, both philosophies arose during a bellicose period of ancient Chinese and modern European history. Finally, each understands the limits of language to say what is most important about reality. However, neither shrinks from sharing what can be shared in language to uncover a philosophical examination of life. This paper hopes to spur other thinkers toward engaging in a sustained dialog between Daoism and Bergsonism.
Queering and Wyrding
Rather than maintain existential elucidation (Jaspers 1970b) as queering Existenz, consider the disclosure of possible Existenz always already as Wyrding. ‘Q’ then, will never be
Abnormal Responses: Coaxing Animal Being into a Clearing
There is a great responsibility in being those who not only name things but gather the world. Surely a part of that responsibility rests in letting things simply be themselves and not be turned toward some human end. It means being silent alongside those who do not speak words yet nonetheless are worthy of having their expressions heeded–howsoever they may present themselves as real—if abnormal—responses. So we do not share the full power of language with other entities. We do share mobility and sensation with animals. And with all forms of life—including plants, fungi, etc.—we share the need for nourishment.
If I am willing to be open to the uncertainty of being in the lifeworld alongside all these others also struggling toward liberation, I must
Some thoughts on guilt and innocence
To the degree that there is an intentionality to guilt. it would involve consciousness of failure. In this sense, I mean failure to do the
Do not talk to show-off the many things in your stable of understandings. Rather, speak to shine-forth the experience of passing-through this moment. Otherwise, remain
Loving as heeding the vocation of humanization
Lecture from PHIL 2306, Intro to Ethics, 07March2023: Finding the ground for ethical theory and moral action. I propose that most “vicious” / vice-ridden reactivity
Sandals Scraping through Eternity
walking about myneighborhood listeningas Debussy fillsthe day with nocturnes scurrying squirrelsleap toward safetyfrom the old thinkerplodding on along is there more bird song?do feathered cousinswhistling
Health as Shame Generator
Lots of shame comes out of the Health Industrial Complex. Whether it’s a physician measuring your failure in pounds or a fitness guru manipulating your
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