The Other, for Whitman was a wholly (holy) Other to oneself. To embrace this wholly Other other was the highest ethical act of self-love. While the faint torch of Whitman's gestalt love for the All is carried forward by obscurantist New Age spiritualists, millennials are certainly faced with the challenge of narcissism - but not as a choice they take onto themselves. Rather, millennial narcissism shows signs of revolt against a mode of subjectivity that is imposed upon them.
I'm becoming more and more convinced after working on anti-racism work, Islamophobia, and inter-religious dialogue that there is an exceedingly personal and intimate dimension to prejudice and racism. If you look at just three popular academic disciplines and their findings on racism, we find that in the neuroscience of prejudice (implicit prejudice exists pre-rationally) or … Continue reading A Hatred That Smiles: Kristeva’s Essay on Abjection and Intimate Racism
In Nietzsche there could be two types of nihilism, the kind that Heidegger referred to as the transvaluation of the highest values, or the process of what happens when the highest values turn on themselves, and the second is nihilism as the loss of agency. Again, the crisis of nihilism can be read in two … Continue reading On Kristeva’s Formula: “unacknowledged suffering is the remnant of freedom”
Marcel Proust’s A la recherché du temps perdu “In Search of Lost Time” is concerned with creating a world where his readers are able to communicate in a sacred place: a world where they can discover coherence between time and space, where the establishment of a new form of truth through experiencing felt time is … Continue reading Proust’s Ethics of Sacred Imagination