Decipimur specie recti
Created 10 Aug 2021
  • Ice, Intensity, Immanence
    18 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    "Misery is almost always the result of thinking." -Joseph Joubert It is a cliché that most of man's troubles stem from his thinking, yet this is nonetheless true. When a certain problem stresses us, i...
  • Update 15/10
    15 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    In yesterday's post I talked about two ways of thinking; the "problematizing" way of Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground, and the "intuitive" way of the same author's The Dream of a Ridiculous Man...
  • On Certainty and Doubt
    14 Oct 2021 • 17 min read
    Upon reading Dostoevsky, one gets struck by the vast array of different characters the author portrays, and by the vast array of ideas these characters bring forth. All of these characters have differ...
  • Freedom, Problems, Pandemic
    05 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    "It is already a great and necessary proof of cleverness or insight to know what one should reasonably ask. For if the question is absurd in itself and demands unnecessary answers, then, besides the e...
  • Life Under Siege
    28 Sep 2021 • 14 min read
    "On n'interroge plus la vie aujourd'hui dans les laboratoires." - François Jacob, La Logique du Vivant The tradition of phenomenology is known for its many critiques of scientific thought. So much so ...
  • Concept and Character
    21 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    The vast terrain that is philosophy is populated by conceptual personae, Deleuze asserts. A conceptual persona is a partially or entirely fictional character that enters a philosophical text to procla...
  • Decipimur specie recti
    10 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    A wise man on Twitter recently reminded me that the devil plays both sides of any crisis. At no point has this struck me more than now, at no point have I needed to be struck by this more. Whatever si...
  • Rank, Problems, Power
    29 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    "The terrible consequence of "equality"-finaIly, everyone believes he has a right to every problem. All order of rank has vanished." (Nietzsche, The Will to Power, §860.) Rereading some Nietzsche I ca...
  • Philosophy and Audacity
    25 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Τόλμα πρήξιος αρχή, τύχη δε τέλεος κυρίη Boldness is the beginning of action, but fortune controls how it ends. -Democritus The Greek τόλμα (tólma) means as much as audacity, daring, courage or excess...
  • When life turns against Life
    19 Aug 2021 • 11 min read
    Continuing from my previous post I will be tackling Michel Henry's Barbarie today. Published in 1987, this short book gives us one of the most uncompromising cultural critiques of the past century. It...
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