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Lecture on Kierkegaard and Nietzsche

I gave a short introductory lecture for my new class on Existentialism last Friday. I thought it proper to begin with philosophers that class took up with me a year ago: Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. Supposedly the fathers of Existentialism, without them knowing it, it was interesting to note some of the similarities between the two creators. Some analogues to note:

Kierkegaard :: Nietzsche The Test of Abraham :: The Death of GodAnxiety, dread, fear and trembling :: the abandonment of God and nihilismThe teleological suspension of the ethical :: the transvaluation of values towards a philosophy which is Beyond Good and EvilThe priority of choice and decision (Either/Or) :: the test of the eternal recurrence (will I choose my life over and again?)Freedom :: responsibility for one's selfThe Knight of Faith :: the Overman So I asked my students, given the possible kinship of the two, what would be the marked differences between Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. I was happy to hear as the first …

White Happiness

From Gide, The Immoralist--



A Love Story from Hesse

From Demian--

And she told told me about a youth who had fallen in love with a planet. He stood by the sea, stretched out his arms and prayed to the planet, dreamed of it, and directed all his thoughts to it. But he knew, or he felt he knew, that a star cannot be embraced by a human being. He considered it to be his fate to love a heavenly body without any hope of fulfillment and out of this insight he constructed an entire philosophy of renunciation and silent, faithful suffering that would improve and purify him. Yet all his dreams reached the planet. Once he stood again on the high cliff at night by the sea and gazed at the planet and burned with love for it. And at the height of his longing he leaped into the emptiness toward the planet, but at the instant of leaping "it's impossible" flashed once more through his mind. If at the instant of leaping he had had the strength of faith in the fulfillment of his love he would have soared into the heights and been united w…

A Lesson in Writing Philosophy

10.25.11

Tolstoy's Parable

from A Confession
There is an Eastern fable, told long ago, of a traveller overtaken on a plain by an enraged beast. Escaping from the beast he gets into a dry well, but sees at the bottom of the well a dragon that has opened its jaws to swallow him. And the unfortunate man, not daring to climb out lest he should be destroyed by the enraged beast, and not daring to leap to the bottom of the well lest he should be eaten by the dragon, seizes s twig growing in a crack in the well and clings to it. His hands are growing weaker and he feels he will soon have to resign himself to the destruction that awaits him above or below, but still he clings on. Then he sees that two mice, a black one and a white one, go regularly round and round the stem of the twig to which he is clinging and gnaw at it. And soon the twig itself will snap and he will fall into the dragon's jaws. The traveller sees this and knows that he will inevitably perish; but while still hanging he looks around, sees some …

Kahapon Lamang

Inawit ni Sharon Cuneta

Kahapon lamang narito ang saya
May dalawang puso, daigdig na kay ganda
Sa kanilang mata mababanaag pa
Ningning ng pagsinta ukol sa isa't-isa

Kahapon lamang ay magkahawak pa
Sa isang landasin na ngayo'y nagsanga
Bagama't may ngiti, balatkayong saya
Magkabalikan pa kaya sila?

Sa kanilang mata mababanaag pa
Ningning ng pagsinta ukol sa isa't-isa

Kahapon lamang pag-ibig ay wagas
Animo'y batis na di magwawakas
Nguni't naglayo, di na nagkasundo
Kahit nagmamahalan kapwa puso

Kahapon lamang pag-ibig ay wagas
Animo'y batis na di magwawakas
Nguni't naglayo, di na nagkasundo
Kahit nagmamahalan kapwa puso




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How You Will Know

"When one can no longer love, then one should--pass by!"
 --Nietzsche

Muntik na Kitang Minahal

Inawit ni Carol Banawa

May sikreto akong sasabihin sa 'yo
Mayroong nangyaring hindi mo alam
Ito'y isang lihim itinagong kay tagal
Muntik na kitang minahal
'Di ko noon nakayang ipadama sa 'yo
Ang nararamdaman ng pusong ito
At hanggang ngayon ay naaalala pa
Muntik na kitang minahal

KORO:
Ngayon ay aaminin ko na
Na sana nga ay tayong dalawa
Bawat tanong mo'y iniwasan ko
Akala ang pag-ibig mo'y 'di totoo
'Di ko alam kung ano ang nangyari
Damdamin ko sa 'yo'y hindi ko masabi
Hanggang ang puso mo'y mapagod
Sa paghihintay kay tagal
Saka ko lang naisip muntik na kitang minahal

'Di ko noon nakayang ipadama sa 'yo
Ang nararamdaman ng pusong ito
At hanggang ngayon ay naaalala pa
Muntik na kitang minahal

KORO:
Ngayon ay aaminin ko na
Na sana nga'y tayong dalawa
Bawat tanong mo'y iniwasan ko
Akala ang pag-ibig mo'y 'di totoo
'Di ko alam kung ano ang nangyari
Damdamin ko sa 'yo'y hindi ko nasa…

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