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.
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?
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
(An essay written for John Locke Competition. Question is: "Are you more moral than others? How do you know? Should you strive to be more moral? Why or why not?"—admittedly, it is a brutal question and quite confused, but nevertheless interesting. Unfortunately, because of the limit of the essay (and considering the palate of the … Continue reading An Essay Concerning Morality
It is exam season again for me. I am delaying my (dreaded) revision by writing this reflection. I am exhausted. This exhaustion is an empty of one's soul that stems out of futile labor—the understanding that what one does is completely worthless, but to be forced to do it. There is a lot to analyze … Continue reading Reflections on Revision (And Exams)
(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?
(Context: This is a part of a longer essay that I am currently writing on The Odyssey and The Iliad. After the analysis of Nostalgia, the second part would be an analysis of Home. Following that is an analysis of the portrayal of Greatness in The Iliad, and typing them together in an exposition of … Continue reading Home, Nostalgia, and The Odyssey
Some helpful suggestions if one wishes to read that horrifying work of Heidegger's.
The venture into the public sphere. The joy in revelation. The fear in revelation. Loneliness. Dasein's authentic mode of being.