Anxiety and the Other

Through sin, sensuousness became sinfulness. -On the Concept of Anxiety Kierkegaard has no good explanation for the biblical serpent. He simply assumes that Adam “talked to himself,” and thus Kierkegaard “most freely admit[s] to being unable to attach any definite thought to the serpent.” (pg. 58) The malevolent mind is waved away, and with the presumption […]

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A Lack of Critical Thinking Skills is Not our Problem

It’s a fundamentally silly premise, silly like Erich Fromm’s claims about the authoritarian personality type, silly like any other premise that assumes you can fix a political problem by subjecting the polity to collective re-education or psychotherapy. Political problems are never inherently moral or psychological; they are structural and systemic. But alongside this big reason, […]

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