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Tradition of self-criticism

A tradition of self-criticism might be comprehensible only to self-critical individuals who have developed their own capacity for justice through long, painful process of increasingly severe self-criticism and overcoming of personal flaws, mistakes and profound errors of judgment. For those … Continue reading

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Master of the Golden Rule

Imagine a man sitting down and pondering the Golden Rule. He thinks through what he knows to be true, what he loves and desires, and what practices have served him well in his life. Then he imagines a world where … Continue reading

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Nouveau puissant

We call “nouveau riche” the newly rich who do not know how to be rich gracefully, who clumsily act out how they think rich people are. We need the term “nouveau puissant” for the newly powerful. Nobody knows what it … Continue reading

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Intellectual infanticide, Ares’s handpuppets, and agonistic homeopathy

Agonistic pluralism is perhaps the most important political concept I’ve learned in the last ten years. It holds that all liberal-democratic political positions are uneasy bundles of internally contradicting principles (or, more accurately, heuristics) which will, inevitably, be interpreted differently … Continue reading

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Oppositional reading

I got very little from Nietzsche until I learned to read him oppositionally. I had to want urgently to know exactly what he was explaining and what he was implying, not only at the aphorism-level, but the book- and corpus-level, … Continue reading

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A very dangerous person

“We are losing a fantasy — … — and a person losing a fantasy is a very dangerous person.” — Tim Morton

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How to like a crank

“He has some weird opinions, and weird opinions about himself and his opinions, but we like him, anyway.”

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Every person should be heard

Just because a person shouldn’t be believed, it doesn’t mean that person shouldn’t be listened to. It is dehumanizing for a person to be judged as not worth listening to, and it is inhumanizing to make oneself the judge of … Continue reading

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Speed it up, dumb it down

I told my friend to write her resume to idiots in a hurry: Speed it up and dumb it down. Seems like a generally decent life-principle, so.

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Resistentialism

In Irreductions, Bruno Latour (echoing Lacan?) said “The real resists.” Should we call the reciprocal complement to existentialism resistentialism? We exist, others resist our existence, we resist back, and so on…

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The ordinance of time

We stand on the shoulders of titans, and it is only from that height that we can survey the damage we did. Our current privileged perspective on justice is merely the top layer of layers upon layers of former justice … Continue reading

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Edit: Two Stories About Skin

His eviction notice was his own overwhelming desire to get out. He had to leave this place immediately. It was not a matter of escaping here; it was a matter of being there, a there unknown apart from its distance, a distance from which … Continue reading

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Even more right

If you think being right is a matter of avoiding being wrong, you’ll neglect a more important and more interesting challenge: trying to be even more right than you already are. The deepest religious conversions do not have the structure … Continue reading

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Surprise vs comprise

I’ve called my metaphysic a “metaphysic of surprise”. To get what I mean by this, it is helpful to keep in mind the basic terms of my metaphysical conceptualization, which are 1) metaphysical reality versus 2) our understanding of reality … Continue reading

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Antimagic aphorism, edited

Magic is wisdom splattering against the inner wall of a philosophy.

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Ritual

Ritual is performed symbol.

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What am I?

Metaphysically, I am a mystic. Ethically, I am, at bottom, and maybe only at bottom, Reform Jewish. Somehow, not exactly epistemologically, I am a Deweyan pragmatist, an Instrumentalist. I suspect I believe epistemology is one huge category mistake. Maybe my … Continue reading

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Lusts

Some lusts are nothing more than impersonal appetite. Some lusts are nothing less than a profoundly personal drawing into otherness. Was it (only) insatiable greed or was it (also) need to sail over the map’s edges? To reduce the latter … Continue reading

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Most enviable

Of all objects of envy, inspiration is the most enviable. Of all kinds of envy, envy of inspiration is the most damaging, to both the envying and the envied. “If I cannot be the light, let there be no sight.” … Continue reading

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God!… and therefore?

At the beit din for my conversion one of the rabbis asked me “do you even believe in God?” I gave an ironic but completely sincere answer. I guess they accepted it because I’m Jewish now, but that question has … Continue reading

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