Ecstasy.

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.

Is Epicurus right that a wise person does not fear death?

(Hi. This is an essay I wrote for a competition. Hope you enjoy.) Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,And death shall have no dominion. —Dylan Thomas It would be prudent to first clarify what the word ‘wise’ is before setting out answering the question: Wisdom is not intelligence—the ability to solve mathematical … Continue reading Is Epicurus right that a wise person does not fear death?