Epistemocracy

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s term for a society based on humility towards what can be known. It is the sort of utopian idea that causes one to reconsider one’s own mental processes rather than draw up a blueprint for how others ought to behave. He has also inspired me to read some Montaigne. Odd that I … More Epistemocracy

Somebody Translated Descartes’ Meditations into Bro-Speak

That someone calls himself Philosophy Bro, and the book: Descartes Meditations, Bro. It features a side-by-side translate, so you have the 1901 English Translation, and the Bro-Speak on the facing page. You know, like the Seamus Heaney Beowulf or Pinsky’s translation of The Inferno (both of which you should read, because they’re awesome). I just wanted it … More Somebody Translated Descartes’ Meditations into Bro-Speak

The Birth of Babbling, or Why Nietzsche Disappoints me

I think his declamatory German just gets lost in translation, but every time I read Nietzsche I find very little substance underneath all the sauce. I’m on page 86 of The Birth of Tragedy and I’m not entirely sure what ideas I’ve gleaned from this. I get the idea that tragedy is the fusion of the … More The Birth of Babbling, or Why Nietzsche Disappoints me

Spengler: You Are Not Original. Be Glad of It.

Why You Won’t Find the Meaning of Life: Most people who make heroic efforts at originality learn eventually that they are destined for no such thing. If they are lucky, they content themselves with Kierkegaard’s pot roast on Sunday afternoon and other small joys, for example tenure at a university. But no destiny is more … More Spengler: You Are Not Original. Be Glad of It.