In the beginning, God created the wealth and the jobs. Now the wealth was a formless void and darkness covered the sources of value, while the spirit of capitalism hovered over the depths. And then God said, "Let there be jobs," and there were jobs. And God saw that the jobs were not very good; and God separated the jobs from the surplus-value.
The question after the metaphysical value of truth may be one of the deepest question at all. But Nietzsche uses it against Science in his very suggestive style of course. Because it is with no doubt also very hard to give an answer to the question what the metaphysical value of Falsehood would be?
Great stuff here!
It is very interesting to see a bunch of world-famous naturalists grappling with the problem of meaning and naturalism. They lack rationalism to explain naturalism and they are similar to non-naturalist, because they don’t want to give up Meaning by arguments from meaning (except Alex Rosenberg/Dennet?)
I thought a book on Rationalism/Naturalism/Nihilsm is not needed anymore…maybe it is…
“The beginning of philosophy is the recognition of its
own powerlessness and of the impossibility of fighting
- EPICTETUS, Dissert., II, 11.
“Prémisse des fainéants, de ces métaphysiciens-nés, le Vide est la certitude que découvrent, au bout de leur carrière, et comme récompense à leurs déceptions, les braves gens et les philosophes de métier.”
-Cioran, Syllogismes de l’Amertume
“La paresse est un scepticisme de la chair”
Cioran, Le Crépuscule des Pensées
Aphorism of the Day: If science is the Priest and nature is the Holy Spirit, then you, my unfortunate friend, are Linda Blair.
And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion, for we are many." - Mark 5:9
For decades now the Cartesian subject–whole, autonomous and diaphanous–has been the whipping-boy of innumerable critiques turning on the difficulties that beset our intuitive assumptions of metacognitive sufficiency.
Image: Henry Schnautz's Trotsky (1950s)
Here are a few preliminary, still very rough translations of passages from Trotsky writing on Nietzsche not available in English. There is probably some background required to know the various philosophical and literary (idealist and symbolist, respectively) movements he's talking about, but I think that Trotsky makes a few essential points that are in line with later interpretations advanced by Adorno.
“[They] have introduced – to prove this doctrine of theirs – a new way of arguing: by reducing things, not to the impossible, but to ignorance.”
This statement stems from his attack on proponents of teleological systems.