There are no eternal facts as there are no absolute truths

edited by Marmalade and O Society June 12, 2019 "A lack of the historical sense is the traditional defect in all philosophers.” Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche The Traditional Error of Philosophers.—All philosophers make the common mistake of taking contemporary man as their starting point and of … Continue reading There are no eternal facts as there are no absolute truths

Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body, and Politics in Daoist Thought

In ‘Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body and Politics in Daoist Thought’, Peng Yu foregrounds the concept of Xu from Zhuangzi’s philosophical writings, and relates this to questions about the political body. Xu refers to a Daoist notion of ambiguity, though it remains ambiguous as to how to fully define the term. The article explores its … Continue reading Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body, and Politics in Daoist Thought

What Nietzsche Learnt from Diogenes

How Friedrich Nietzsche used ideas from the Ancient Cynics to explore the death of God and the nature of morality by Helen Small  Aeon Feb 28, 2019 Ancient Cynicism was an eccentric model for practising a philosophical life. Diogenes of Sinope (c404-323 BCE) and his followers claimed independence from conventional material desires and the normal turmoil of … Continue reading What Nietzsche Learnt from Diogenes

The “New Normal:” Everything Acting Strangely

by Scott Preston Chrysalis  and O Society Feb 26, 2019 You’ve probably all encountered the phrase “the New Normal” at one time or another. It’s a belated recognition we’ve entered into some strange, unfamiliar world age once only anticipated in science fiction. Human beings acting strangely. Climate and weather acting strangely. Some will even tell you … Continue reading The “New Normal:” Everything Acting Strangely

A Funhouse Mirror for the Soul

Just as the jester speaks truth to power, so the Zhuang Zi pokes fun at ossified beliefs for the improvement of your soul. by Alan Jay Levinovitz Aeon The Zhuang Zi has been my close friend for more than two decades, since we first met when I was an undergraduate, then all through my dissertation on … Continue reading A Funhouse Mirror for the Soul