Ecstatic comes from the Greek word ekstatikos, of "unstable, inclined to depart from." Heidegger made a big deal about it by writing existence as ek-sistence. "Ek" as outside of yourself. This eksistence is characteristic of Dasein's temporality, because the present is always sandwiched between the past and the future, where we also, strictly, are. That … Continue reading Ecstasy.

Be Myself?

Hannah Arendt wrote about this in Between Past and Future: We are always subject to social pressures. When parents reject any form of discipline of the child, in fear of destroying their childhood innocence, of tyrannizing them, they are only leaving children to the tyranny of the larger social group. I can see this clearly … Continue reading Be Myself?

Fight Club & Mutual Recognition

Mutual recognition, as a Hegelian term, has been misunderstood greatly. It is not something great, it is not static, but it is precisely in mutual recognition that differences emerge. Fight Club revolves around recognition. The first scene with Bob and the narrator hugging together exposes already the hidden inauthenticity in recognition—the two parties are recognizing … Continue reading Fight Club & Mutual Recognition

Fundamental Ontology: Combining Augustine and Heidegger

This will be a short essay. There is a passage from the Confessions (XII)that helped me understand Heidegger's ontology. It rests on this sentence from Genesis: "The earth was invisible and formless, darkness was over the deep" Augustine asks: How can there be nothing before creation? How can something come from nothing? A traditional interpretation would … Continue reading Fundamental Ontology: Combining Augustine and Heidegger