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foreflounderer (koin)

A foreflounderer refers to a physically, intellectually, or spiritually abortive predecessor.

Renan would be an example of this, for instance. Richard Dawkins might be another, but only time will tell. 406 more words

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Nietzsche: The nature of knowledge

Conscious thinking, especially that of the philosopher, is the least vigorous and therefore also the relatively mildest and calmest form of thinking; and thus precisely philosophers are most apt to be led astray about the nature of knowledge.

—Nietzshce, in The Gay Science, §333

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Valentine's Day Message (in May)

My deepest prayer is that you will know and give unconditional love. Of all people, Dr. Seuss said “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Child author but an adult insight. 116 more words

Bedtime Story

Apollonian rhythm

Verse also had a function in oracles—the Greeks claimed that the hexameter was invented at Delphi—because here, too, rhythm was supposed to effect a compulsion. Asking for a prophecy meant originally (according to the etymology of the word that seems most probably to me) to get something determined: one thought that once could compel the future by gaining the favor of Apollo, who was originally taken to be much more than a prescient god. 41 more words

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Nietzsche: The will to mere appearance

This will to mere appearance, to simplification, to masks, to cloaks, in short, to the surface—for every surface is a cloak—is countered by that sublime inclination of the seeker after knowledge who insists on profundity, multiplicity, and thoroughness, with a will which is a kind of cruelty of the intellectual conscience and taste. 82 more words

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Philosophy Kicks: Friederich Nietzsche

Thus the man who is responsive to artistic stimuli reacts to the reality of dreams as does the philosopher to the reality of existence; he observes closely, and he enjoys his observation: for it is out of these images that he interprets life, out of these processes that he trains himself for life.

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Intentionality and the ethical transgressor

When an author decides to sit down and barnacle his backside to his chair in writing a long novel perhaps over many years, I wonder what’s his intention at the beginning and whether this accords with the end result. 908 more words