Author Archives: anomalogue
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
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
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
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
“We are losing a fantasy — … — and a person losing a fantasy is a very dangerous person.” — Tim Morton
“He has some weird opinions, and weird opinions about himself and his opinions, but we like him, anyway.”
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
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.
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…
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
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
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
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
Magic is wisdom splattering against the inner wall of a philosophy.
Ritual is performed symbol.
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
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
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
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
Any person subjected to the categorial disrespect we call bigotry will experience indignation. A self-respecting disrespected person is likely to protest the bigotry and attempt to reason with their persecutors. If the indignation of the disrespected is also disrespected, their … Continue reading