This post is a little break from phenomenology and AI, but one I've been meaning to write for some time now. I read this novel, Submission, by Michel Houellebecq, without knowing much about the author or the controversy surrounding it...I did this on purpose. I wanted to read it on its own merits, then do … Continue reading Submission
I've been threatening to explain Heidegger's views on why dualism is predicated on a mistake, and I've finally done it. Well, I let someone else do it while I held the camera. Please don't read my criticism below until after you've seen the video. (It won't make any sense.) MY CRITICISM If Heidegger could prove … Continue reading Heidegger’s Being and Time (Part III: Dualism)
In the last Heidegger post, I promised I'd address why Heidegger thinks that dualism (the mind-body problem) is predicated on a huge mistake that has carried through the whole history of Western philosophy. I will eventually. I'm putting that off until the next post...I hope you'll stick around until then. I'm not promising anything, but … Continue reading Heidegger’s Being and Time (Part II: Dasein)
Philosophical texts are notoriously difficult to read, but the real problem comes when each text calls for a distinct set of skills. By the time you've "cracked the code" to reach that "ah ha" moment with one philosopher, it's time to start all over with another. I'd like to share some of my stumbling blocks … Continue reading Stumbling Blocks in Reading Philosophy
Just another word for nothing left to lose? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn7dKI3fbYg At Jmeqvist, you'll find a great post distinguishing between positive and negative freedom. I'd like elaborate on these to get you good and confused: 1. Negative Freedom. Here I'm quoting Johan at Jmeqvist as he says it so well: "...we are free in so far as external … Continue reading What is Freedom?