Archive for category Existentialism

The Idea of the Self-Portrait (on Cezanne and Self-Knowledge)

I was given an incredibly thoughtful gift from my partner for Valentine’s Day — a captivating self-portrait by Cezanne, circa 1879. It seems to me magnificently thoughtful because, while I have elaborated in great detail my adoration of Cezanne’s works, I would never have thought to purchase this particular self-portrait myself, but she recalled how […]

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Arctic Monkeys’ AM and Soren Kierkegaard’s The Seducer’s Diary (on nihilism and rock n’ roll)

About a week ago I finally picked up the latest record by the Arctic Monkeys, AM, (I still only buy CDs) and I have been completely transfixed by it, for a while in a way that I could not understand, as the music is not as uniquely and compellingly challenging as their other recent efforts […]

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Is Surveillance by the NSA Just? Part II (On Sartre, Privacy, and the Other)

New revelations from old Snowden disclosures tell of the intelligence successes of internet surveillance, and prolonged intrusions into private affairs. No longer can it be said, as it had in the past, that the NSA has nothing to show for its surveillance program – documentation of foiled terrorist attacks has been read by journalists at […]

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Stephen Colbert and Soren Kierkegaard, Freedom Through Irony

Big news in the world of political satire this week, folks: the ridiculously funny Stephen Colbert will be leaving the Colbert Report and it’s character, a facsimile of conservative nut-job Bill O’Reilly, to host the Late Show after David Letterman steps down from the throne. I won’t mince words, I don’t care much for the […]

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Coffee and Heidegger (and anxiety, being in the world, and the “they-self”)

The other day at work I was lectured that my caffeine intake is dangerously high, after casually mentioning, during a conversation about everyone being tired, that I was tired even though I had had three cups of coffee and a red bull for breakfast – what they do not realize is that caffeine is necessary […]

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Futurama’s Bender and Free Will (and compatibilism, Sartre, and jail)

I recently fell in love with ‘Futurama’, the sci-fi action cartoon that merges black, surreal comedy with toilet humor. Being set in the future allows vast technological improvements to be assumed, and with it the anthropomorphizing of everyday objects, making Furturama the heir to the Flintstones, though the apple falls far from the tree in […]

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Marx’s Critique of Hegel pt II (and alienation, substance, and human nature)

In continuation of March Marxism, today I want to pursue further Marx’s critique of Hegel, and his theories on the substance of reality and human nature. Rather than skipping over Hegel per the last entry’s endeavors, I want to go into further detail of his views, with the hopes that this will benefit the understanding […]

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