Tanabe Hajime’s Zange 懺悔: The Power Of Tariki • ‘Although Socratic ethical intellectualism did not develop as far as the self-reflective (für sich) stage of metanoetics mediated by salvation of Other-power, metanoesis is already implicit in its ironical dialectics.[ Tanabe Hajime, Philosophy as Metanoetics (1986), University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California, Pp.17.]’ […]Read more "Tanabe Hajime’s Zange 懺悔: The Power Of Tariki"
A fabulous account of an American’s experience of living in Chinese cities, particularly Shanghai. The novel sways from personal recollections of the changes throughout the author’s life to a rich exploration of the subjective pursuit of meaning as a westerner living in Asia. Reading the book one immediately connected to the nocturnal element of the […]Read more "Sublime Shanghai: A Review of Jacob Dreyer’s ‘The Nocturnal Wanderer’"
Comments In the first extract from Either / Or in the reader (‘An Ecstatic Lecture’), Kierkegaard describes the position of the aesthete. This position boils down to the view that every choice is necessarily one-sided and relative, and that no choice has more merit than another. Thus, the aesthete does not represent an attitude […]Read more "Week 9: Kierkegaard"
Comments This week we have three texts: one by Engels, and two short ones by Marx. The Engels text, although written later, appears first in your reader because it provides a helpful account of Marx’s relation to Hegel. Marx’s letter to Ruge (1843) and ‘Theses on Feuerbach’ (1845) were written early in his career. Marx […]Read more "Week 8: Marx"
Comments The parts of the text that are not italicized are based on notes of Hegel’s students. These parts of the text, then, are not as reliable as Hegel’s own writings. ‘Spirit’ > ‘Geist’. By ‘spirit’ Hegel means: the principle of rationality that concretely unfolds itself as self-reflection (‘It is in the […]Read more "Week 7: Hegel – World History"
Comments By der Begriff, or ‘the concept’, Hegel here means that philosophy is not just a specific form of culture, but rather a form of culture in which that culture explicitly understands itself (i.e. becomes conscious of itself). The notion of ‘spirit’ in this respect correlates to what Hegel calls ‘objective spirit’ elsewhere […]Read more "Week 6: Hegel – Concept of Philosophy"
Fichte considers the systematicity and soundness of every science to stem from the fact that it has one completely certain proposition: a ‘first principle’. By ‘science of science as such’ (§ 1) or ‘doctrine of science’ (Wissenschaftslehre) Fichte refers to the mode of philosophy that establishes the general certainty of the first principles of […]Read more "Week 5: Fichte"