Posts Tagged Existentialism

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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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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Kierkegaard on romantic love (and valentine’s day, and self-renouncing love)

Oh, Valentine’s day, a time for romantic love and the celebration of lust. Like any other “holiday”, I think to myself, “what would Kierkegaard have to say about this day?” I think he would say, “Hey romantic love is great and all, but you really need to try out self-renouncing love, it’s really cool!” Alright, […]

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Descartes’ Song

In reviewing my ‘about’ page (narcissistic, I know) I noticed that I said that I would write on music and caffein, besides just philosophy and politics. I wrote an entry on one of my favorite rock groups, Queens of the Stone Age, but I haven’t done anything else on music. With that in mind, I […]

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Louie (and Kierkegaard’s concept of anxiety)

I recently found my way back to the absurdist yet dry comedy series that is Louie and an episode I viewed today caused me to revisit Soren Kierkegaard’s theory on anxiety. In the episode Louie goes on a date with an eccentric woman named Liz, during which they wander the streets of NYC, going to […]

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