Recently I’ve been chatting about school choice with my friends. It is always a very frustrating topic because we are constantly talking past each other. What I saw in it, however, was two different core believes that we were operating under: The belief in the sovereignty and intelligence of each individual citizenThe belief in the … Continue reading Two (interesting but diverging) Axioms
I discussed this with my friend, and she said that this is depressing. I said, the more depressing thing is that if we cannot know ourselves, then we can less know anyone else. We are fundamentally alone. Know thyself is a problematic proposition. It is not without value. Only that it cannot be taken as … Continue reading Know Thyself?
"Fixation", from Freud, is the constant desiring of something beyond reasonable limit. It is something that persists from when one is a child to when one is an adult. What we are fixated on is the object of fantasy, an object that promises fulfillment when we attain it. We crave fulfillment because we, so long … Continue reading Intervention of the Real (What is Fantasy? From a Psychoanalytic perspective)
For Hegel, consciousness craves recognition. I want to be recognized by others for who I am. This is a tricky concept, since to figure out recognition we have to know what is the I, the self, that is being recognized. The self is not: Just the thing that we refer to when we say 'I'. … Continue reading Consciousness’ Mutual Recognition in Confession (Hegel&Žižek)
(A disorganized, but I hope interesting, discussion on the faculty of promise. Something that I am immensely interested in.) Nietzsche called promising "the memory of the will"; Hume equated the faculty of promise with transubstantiation. Promise is how consciousness gains a foothold in reality, how the uncertainty of the future may be collapsed into the … Continue reading On Promise