Ressentiment

Resentment (or, to be fancy, ressentiment—signifying the technical Nietzschean definition for the term), is a horribly special emotion. If, for Heidegger, authentic boredom and anxiety fundamentally attunes us to the world, then resentment leads us eternally astray. Resentment is anti-life. It denials rather than affirms appearance. It is not hatred, anger, or envy, and differs … Continue reading Ressentiment

Absurdity?

What does it mean to feel "absurd"? (That mood which Camus made so much fuss about?) Thomas Nagel, here, I think got it basically right: Absurdity is the experience of the contradiction between the objective and the subjective, stemming out of the human capacity of self-transcendence. (The significance I feel of whatever I am doing … Continue reading Absurdity?

What is Life?

Life, classically, is that which acts against what is non-self to maintain itself. A reproducing locus of being that guards against non-being. It exists spatially and temporally, becoming amongst being. Life is the being that becomes; the becoming that is. To give a scientifically precise definition to life, we can perhaps turn to Schrodinger, who … Continue reading What is Life?

Repetition

For Kierkegaard, repetition, in contrast to (the Platonic) remembrance, a forward drive. It awaits a certain fresh recurrence of the wondrous beginning. It is an anticipation of pure faith, incomprehensible but necessary. (Reminding one of K's more famous lines, "life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forward.") Repetition is, in some … Continue reading Repetition