Monday, November 30, 2015

What do you want for your life?

Live well? Meaning? Fulfillment? Happiness?

All of that, naturally.

Do you live well and/or gain fulfillment better (or more likely) by seeking “happiness”; or do you gain happiness more/better by living well and/or gaining fulfillment? Do you gain fulfillment by living well; or live well by seeking fulfillment?

Monday, November 16, 2015

emancipatory interest as deconstruction

I spent the week trying to show a Heidegger scholar how he misreads (many emails between us). The result has been something that a psychotherapist would understand:

I don’t expect good arguments about another’s misreading (call him M) to be persuasive in the short run. There’s resistance (most easily in terms of discounting my endeavor to read carefully). There is displacement: Heidegger is at fault for being so complex; there must be something diabolical going on. And there is turning away (“I don’t have time for this”)—but not staying away long, I see.