“I AM” is not “Is”: Nihilism

“Nihilism stands at the door: whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?”-Nietzsche (The Will to Power) This puzzling and frightening question which marks the onset of the last of Nietzsche’s works requires an answer, and this answer explains much about ontotheology.  As such it would appear that there are two different conceptions of nihilism at work in this quote, however, they are not completely unrelated.Nihilism as History (or, The “god” of Ontotheology is Dead)It is often over … [Read more...]

“I AM” is not “Is”: Problems in Scholasticism

In consideration of ontotheology, it is important to look into the history of it.  Heidegger traces this process of confusion all the way back to Plato, but it is almost undeniable that the high point of ontotheology is (understandably) the period with the most concern for theology and ontology(arguably), the medieval era.This is not to discredit or put down the work and thought of medieval thinkers.  That being said, it is to point some much needed criticism at the predominant system of m … [Read more...]

“I AM” is Not “Is”: An Introduction to Ontotheology

I would be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t agree that there is something at least a little off with Western thought.  I mean, just look at its results. Some people would likely argue either that Western thought is completely irrelevant (as it’s far too chauvinistic and focuses only on old, white men who’ve been dead for at least a century); however I believe more people would argue that the issues came from “outside” or “began because of a degradation of values.”  This might be true, bu … [Read more...]

What Friedrich Nietzsche Can Tell Us About Heaven

Nineteenth Century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is renowned by atheists everywhere for his (usually taken out of context) axiom of the era, "God is dead."  This misuse of this quote can perhaps in some way shed light on what I mean when I say that we have anything to learn about Heaven, the place where we live with God for eternity, from the man who said that "God is dead."  When Nietzsche proclaims that "God is dead," he does not do so in the way that the quote out of context may make … [Read more...]

A Case for Camus

In times of great tragedy there are so many questions.  The greatest of these questions is "why?"  Man is a rational animal, and as such, he refuses to live in a world in which things don't make sense.  He refuses to believe that he resides in a universe which is indiscernible and not logical.  And yet, he is faced with events so horrendous that he can find no understanding in them.  He sees a tragedy, a true tragedy, and knows that there must be some reason behind it.  But does he ever find it? … [Read more...]

Can Anyone Really Be an Empiricist?

To be an atheist, one must deny the existence of God, any God.  When pressed as to why they don't believe in God, any god, not even the ones that allow them to throw crazy parties, ie Bacchus, many atheists reply that they don't believe in God because there is no scientific evidence to prove that there is such a thing as God.  And thus, whether he knows it or not, the atheist has killed science.Perhaps I should back up a little.  First of all I should explain that this particular brand of … [Read more...]

Ecce Homo

Pontius Pilate is perhaps the least talked about figure in the New Testament.  It's strange that so little is said about the man who in effect condemned Christ to death, the death which would become for Christians, the source of salvation for all mankind.  However, despite all of this, his role in Christian thought is reduced to a brief mention during Holy Week, and an even more brief mention in the creed.  In light of his importance to the Paschal mystery, I should think that the mysterious li … [Read more...]

Why We Have Secular Humanism

Among the ruins of the old, theocratic, feudal order lives a most peculiar creature, modern man.  Here stands this bizarre specimen amid a gaggle of other men of similar peculiarity, and all of them live, work, and play, all in the continual presence of what Nietzsche once referred to as the "tombs of a dead God."  And modern man, with his sincere sense of liberation looks at these tombs with an interesting view.  He looks with justified disdain upon those who enter these old, lofty, halls of mo … [Read more...]