“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...]

How Your Work-Out Might Be Destroying Your Destiny

Work-out mania has always disturbed me.  Perhaps it is my inherent fear of people too buff to touch their face, or my annoyance with some people's incessant need to post pictures of "the results" via every form of social media imaginable.  Whatever the root of my disturbance, the fitness frenzy contains a  much more concerning issue; not only is it making you thin, healthy, and obnoxious, it might also be destroying your life.This may sound like a pretty serious claim to raise against so … [Read more...]

Subjectivity, Truth-Relation, and Learning to Be Charitable

There is a problem I have found within the climate of American Catholics (I'm sure it's not just us, but still).  It's everywhere.  Sooner or later, anywhere there has been a discussion, it will appear.  It shows up in articles and comboxes, lurking in the dark underside of the comment thread, where few care to continue reading, waiting to pounce on it's prey like a pit viper.  It's prey: the unsuspecting reader. It's venom: cruel and unbridled absence of charity.  This is a real issue, since the … [Read more...]

Why Dan Brown Desperately Needs Jesus to Have Sex

It's been said that I resemble a younger version of a certain Slovenian philosopher by the name of Slavoj Zizek.And it's not just appearance, its even the mannerisms; the hand gestures, the nervous habits.  (Seriously, all I'm missing is the accent.  It's weird.)  So, maybe it's this similarity that makes me partial to him.  Regardless, he does raise an interesting question about a very popular author, Dan Brown.Now, the infamous "Da Vinci Code" is far from new, and criticism of it is … [Read more...]

Why St. Josemaria Escriva Might Just Be the Ubermensch

There is an unfortunate tendency both within the Church and within society in general to feminize religion.  While it's true that women generally tend to be more religious than men, this trend of feminization has some very costly side-effects.  It means making things soft, and comfortable, including the saints.  This softness exacerbates the problem, driving off men by the droves, because seriously, what man in his right mind wants to sit through Kumbaya and lectures from old hippy nuns.But i … [Read more...]

Kierkegaard, Chrysostom and Christmas Boredom

In the technological age, we have a horrendous tendency towards boredom.  This is unfortunately true even of Christmas.  You see the same people, sing the same songs, hear the same homilies, and eat the same food, year after year.  For some, this boredom even stretches beyond the social and religious artifacts of Christmas, into the commercial aspects.  They stare blankly at shiny new gadgets that cost more than many developing countries GDPs.  They were ecstatic about it just one day previous, b … [Read more...]