About

Since I am a believer in flux, this about-page is a work in progress.

” … reflection upon what is human, all too human — or as the learned phrase goes: psychological observation — is among the means by which we can lighten the burden of life, that the practice of this art lends us presence of mind in difficult situations and amusement in tedious surroundings …”

Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human 1 : 35 translation Gary Handwerk, SUP 1995

I’ll blog about what I’m reading and what springs to mind when I read. If I think someone else has expressed it better, I’ll quote them.

Before, I would have been looking for answers, now I’m just looking around. Lively and sceptically, of course!

Northeaster, Winslow Homer, 1895 [public domain]

Northeaster, Winslow Homer, 1895 [public domain]

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Great blog! I came and had a look the other day after you’d paid my site a visit (thanks). If your thing is philosophy, existentialism and Greek and Roman mythology I shall be a frequent visitor to these shores.
    If I knew how to include a link here I would redirect you to a post I wrote on Heraclitean flux. maybe you can come and find it when you have time. Look for ‘A smart Greek, board games and dams.’

      • what are you reading currently? Your reviews are usually very well written. Am reading d’Holdbach’s system of nature and the question in my mind is whether I find the book convincing because I already don’t believe or because it is TRUE!

        • Hi Mak! I wonder about the exact same thing…I’m reading Human, All Too Human and Richard Schacht’s Making sense of Nietzsche. I’m still thinking about a way to do something with those books on my blog.
          But in reference to what you were saying: I saw Gladiator yesterday (it’s an old film, you’ve probably seen it) and the only thing that made sense to me was this central character who wanted to go home to his wife and kid and have some peace. I missed out on Rome, Marcus Aurelius and just about everything else I supposedly should find interesting. I’m planning to read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations next, but I still think that if I see that film again in a few years’ time, I’ll have a completely different experience because I’ll be different!
          According to Nietzsche, there is no absolute truth and at the same time we should sacrifice all desirability to truth, every truth, even plain, harsh, ugly, repellent, unchristian, immoral truth. — For such truths do exist.

            • Thank you! It’s good to hear that you really liked Marcus Aurelius.
              I think Nietzsche uses words like truth in many different ways, but Schacht says (and I agree) that Nietzsche calls attention to problems. In case of truth, he realised that people were losing faith in the Christian version of truth, he didn’t believe in the Platonic or (neo-)Kantian alternatives and he wanted to work towards a way to transcend the foggy conditions of our being all-too-human.
              I think we want to know the truth as something absolute, as something to hold on to, and not to be deceived by the ever changing appearances as you mention. But for that kind of truth we can’t go to Nietzsche!

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