On Greek Spirit, Hegel

The Greek Spirit: For the Greeks only *watch* the objects of Nature, and form *surmises* respecting them; inquiring, in the depths of their souls, for the hidden meaning. According to Aristotle's dictum, that Philosophy proceeds from Wonder, the Greek view of Nature also proceeds from wonder of this kind. Not that in their experience, Spirit…Read more On Greek Spirit, Hegel

hovering

I am gluttonous for life and all things life. --- Something, /////// contrary to popular opinion, never comes from something else but always rather ///////// in some fundamental way from nothing. --- (hovering over the waters) --- out of the emptiness /////////////// comes potential ///// --------- realized, ////////////////// Now. --- --- c. Kate Gough, 2015

A New Proposition

-- "Faith is not being sure. It is not being sure, but betting with your last cent... Faith is not a series of gilt-edged propositions that you sit down to figure out, and if you follow all the logic and accept all the conclusions, then you have it. It is crumpling and throwing away everything,…Read more A New Proposition

Everything Unresolved

-- "...I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given…Read more Everything Unresolved

Memo #5

Memo #5 ~ Simone Weil and Stringfellow The nature of Love is, enigmatically, found in perpetual Act, defined in the solitude granted within the oneness of intimacy, elusive as vapor and yet as ever-present and powerful as well. The nature of Love is dialectical, overpowering and underwhelming at the same time, in the tiny details…Read more Memo #5

Kant Journal #5

Immanuel Kant on Reason, God, and Morality Kant now takes himself to have waged a devastating critique of rational theology in the Transcendental Dialectic, and yet we find in the Canon of Pure Reason that we are still justified, according to him, in believing that there is an omniscient and omnipotent God, and that the…Read more Kant Journal #5

Phenomenological Movement Journal

Katie Huffman / PHIL 340 / Halteman Journal # 1.5 (date?) ; Response to the Phonomenological Movement Several Quotations I reacted to very strongly: “When epistemological inquiry sought to answer the question of how the subject, filled with his own representations, knows the external world and can be certain of its reality, the phenomenological critique…Read more Phenomenological Movement Journal

Memo #3 ~

Memo # 3 ~ Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran "What we love in other human beings is the hoped-for satisfaction of our desire. We do no love their desire. If what we loved in them was their desire, then we should love them as ourself." ~ Simone Weil The night is still around me.…Read more Memo #3 ~

Heidegger Journal #7

Journal # 7 (3/5/04) A “fore-having” as Heidegger uses the term here is what you bring with you to an experience that allows you to interpret it. In the most general terms, “all interpreting is an interpreting with respect to something, on the basis of it, and with a view to it” (p.60, emphasis added).…Read more Heidegger Journal #7

Heidegger Journal #5

Journal # 5 (2/27/04) Heidegger addresses those who make objections to environmental experience based on its presupposition of the reality of the external world by explaining why they are precisely missing the point. At first it would seem that there are exactly two options: either reality is, or it isn't. We must either accept the…Read more Heidegger Journal #5

Augustine & Plato on Happiness of Soul… (II)

Although Augustine was strongly influenced by Plato, the two have clearly different ideas of what constitutes human Happiness. For Plato, justice, or psychic harmony, is the dominant component of happiness and must be present in order for happiness to be possible. This psychic harmony is unsustainable without wisdom, and therefore so is happiness; this means…Read more Augustine & Plato on Happiness of Soul… (II)

Plato on Happiness of Soul…

Is the just person truly happier than the unjust person? In his comparative thesis, Plato never directly addresses what happiness is, but by analyzing certain definitions that are provided throughout the Republic and fleshing out the relations between those definitions, one can come to a clearer understanding of what he meant when he referred to…Read more Plato on Happiness of Soul…

Heidegger Journal # 4

In Analysis of the Structure of Experience, Heidegger seeks to examine the question, "Is there something?" and to show that the lived experience of this question ("deliberately chosen in order to minimize pre-judgments" (p.54)) is related to the psychic subject in a wholly different way than may at first be imagined. At first one may…Read more Heidegger Journal # 4

Kant Journal # 1

Mary Kathryn Huffman (Married: Gough) / Kant Journal One / 2/17/04 Hardy A Priori Synthetic Judgments Kant wanted to make clear some defining lines in the muddiness of metaphysics, as it seemed to be making no progress beyond producing dogmatic bickering. At the very outset of the Critique of Pure Reason, he draws a key…Read more Kant Journal # 1

Continental Assignment 1

[response to a selection of handouts on Continental Philosophy] c. Mary Kathryn Gough (maiden: Huffman), 2003(?) It seems to me that the 'reorientation of philosophy in this tradition' is essentially a very healthy one The idea of saving philosophy as a discipline from itself definitely has a lot of merit. Although philosophy is a worthy…Read more Continental Assignment 1

theMechanics.Of:ceratlone —

(Or Tolerance, in the common tongue) No one can be commended any longer for instilling values in others – least of all the young and impressionable. We used to think it was right to guide others or to advise them in times of confusion or growth, but we now realize that this was intolerant. No…Read more theMechanics.Of:ceratlone —

stepping.stones

A Strategem for Sound Realism For each one of us, the proffered fascade of the 'Real' must be apprehended as a substantive, solid box, accepted, and then entered into subversively in order to be appropriated truly as one's own.  What can be touched and immediately sensed surrounds us, but it is an entirely Other realm…Read more stepping.stones