Kierkegaardian Seduction

“The person who is unable to seduce people, is not able to save them either.“ Søren Kierkegaard From The Quotable Kierkegaard edited by Gordon Marino, p.32. Appropriated from Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks, Bruce H. Kirmmse, General Editor. Vols.1-6. Princeton University Press, 2007-12. Kierkegaard justifies seduction as a means to an end, if that end is… Read More

Gary Cox on the perfect child for an existentialist

“The perfect child for an existentialist would be potty trained, addicted to cigarettes and able to discuss the finer points of phenomenological ontology.” Gary Cox From The Existentialist’s Guide to Death, the Universe and Nothingness, by Gary Cox. Hence, I have no children! Mostly, because I myself have a hard time discussing the finer points, hell, even the… Read More

Sharon Lebell on the value of naiveté

“The wisest among us appreciate the natural limits of our knowledge and have the mettle to preserve their naiveté. They understand how little all of us really know about anything. There is no such thing as conclusive, once-and-for-all knowledge. The wise do not confuse information or data, however prodigious or cleverly deployed, with comprehensive knowledge… Read More