Fans of Edith Stein can hold back only so long before giving in to reading her mentor and greatest philosophical influencer, Edmund Husserl. "Edmund Husserl formed my philosophical thinking," stated Edith. In order to understand the mind of Edith Stein, which is precisely what we aim to do, we first must understand the mind of… Continue reading “Edmund Husserl formed my philosophical thinking,” stated Edith Stein.
More than a decade ago, as the earliest shoots of my writing broke through the ground, I described what I was about to say as a journey on a trail. I was making the point that the subjective nature of my own experience did not contradict the objective nature of the road itself. I explained… Continue reading Thank you Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
We need to circle back around to Rousseau. Rousseau held that the General Will (what we call the "Will of the People") is enshrined in the sovereignty of the People. Separate from The People is the government that enforces and protects the demands of that Will. If that sounds very American, it should. The problem… Continue reading What do we mean when we say The Will of the People? Rousseau’s Social Contract
Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche. She represents everything he sought to create through his Will to Power and Übermensch. The Good for Nietzsche was bravery, war, and the Will to Power. Leave charity and goody, goody sentimentalism to "little girls." "War and courage have done more great… Continue reading Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche.
I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers, and he is as brilliant as he is sinister. Two areas strike me most as over-dinner topics in making my way through the first part of Zarathustra. The first is the wise man who speaks on sleep and virtue.… Continue reading I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers
Edith Stein continues to be my refuge in the philosophical storm raging on us from the modern world. She is my mentor. One can fight the raging fire of Nietzsche, the presumptuous Spirit of Hegel, or the depressing Utopia of Marx only for so long before needing proper sustenance. I was delighted (as I quite… Continue reading We reach God, she says, not only through faith and contemplation but ‘by thinking’
"But when morning dawned, Zarathustra found himself in a thick forest and the road disappeared." I am struck by how inversely correlated the story of Nietzsche's Zarathustra is to my own. This is like matter and anti-matter. Zarathustra is to me a particle with equal mass (affective energy) but opposite charge (negative will). We are… Continue reading Can Zarathustra be saved?
I began my philosophy challenge last September with the very definite conviction that I must start with the unholy German trinity of Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. Here is how I would describe each: Hegel is like a thick dark, murky, muddy forest. It is almost impossible to maneuver around, and all you really know is… Continue reading Nietzsche is the most formidable. He also is the most redeemable.
For the past decade, I have not been able to describe convincingly the genre into which my writings fit. I am not sure that there is a clean category for them. They seemed at first to be religious, then spiritual, then political, then inspirational, now philosophical, or, a combination of all. In the midst of… Continue reading In fact Friedrich, “God is dead” is dead; this is the point of my writings.
I owe AOC a big apology. After the past election, I warned that we should take her seriously not because of what she was saying, but because of what she represents . My point then was that she needed only to be the symbol, that the DNC would develop her script. I insinuated that she… Continue reading I feel the same affection for Ocasio-Cortez that I do for Nietzsche.