Monday, May 26, 2014

"Disputants of the normative buoyancy of our race can expect to be chastised for their ingratitude, upbraided for their cowardice, patronized for their shallowness. Where self-love provides the indubitable index of psychic health, its default can only ever be seen as a symptom of psychic debility. Philosophy, which once disdained opinion, becomes craven when the opinion in question is whether or not being alive is all right. Suitably ennobled by the epithet 'tragic,' the approbation of life is immunized against the charge of complacency and those who denigrate it condemned as ingrates." - Ray Brassier

Saturday, May 3, 2014

"Man is not a Being that is: he is a Nothingness that nihilates through the negation of Being. Now, the negation of Being is action. That is why Hegel says, 'the true being of man is his action.' Not to act, therefore, is not to be as a truly human being; it is to be as Sein, as given, natural being. Hence, it is to fall into decay, to become brutish; and this metaphysical truth is revealed to Man through the phenomenon of boredom: the Man who - like a thing, like an animal, like an angel - remains identical to himself, does not negate, does not negate himself - i.e., does not act, is bored. And only Man can be bored." - Alexandre Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel