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Living with Gaps And Cracks

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
The basic and, in my opinion, defining property of the human mind is creativity: the ability to break out of any scheme, any fixed pattern or law of thinking. This results in our world to be “open”, in contrast to the closed, defined worlds of animals. We are able to…

History / Philosophy

Starting to Dig

Originally posted on Philosophical Excavations:
I am starting to do some “philosophical archaeology” here. I do not mean this in the literal sense, my digging campaigns are not going to carry me into remote places to dig out clay tablets or papyri. They will carry me, instead, into libraries, into used-book-shops, into some corners of the…

History / Ideology / Philosophy / Racism

“Volksgeist” – A Current in German Philosophy of the 19th and 20th Century

In German philosophy of the 19th and early 20th century, there seems to be a current of thinking that assigns a special ontological status to peoples and culutres. These are treated as having something like a soul or “Geist” of their own, a quasi-mental object that exists more or less independently of the individual people, … Continue reading