|Arendt: Plurality, Natality, & Freedom|
“... men, not Man, live on the earth and inhabit the world.”
“Action, the only activity that goes on directly between men without the intermediary of things or matter, corresponds to the human condition of plurality ... this plurality is specifically the condition ... of all political life.”
— Hannah Arendt The Human Condition
|Being and Beauty: Philosophy of Japanese Aesthetics|
“When looking at autumn mountains through mist, the view may be indistinct yet have great depth. Although few autumn leaves may be visible through the mist, the view is alluring. The limitless vista created in imagination far surpasses anything one can see more clearly” — Kamo no Chōmei, Hōjōki (An Account of my Hut, 1212)
|Being and Empathy: Edith Stein’s Philosophy|
“My existence is a continuous movement, a fleeting and, in the strictest sense, a transitory kind of being and thus the extreme opposite of eternal and immutable being. … If one were to deny the possibility of being as distinct from becoming, then the possibility of becoming would also have to be denied, and we would arrive at nothingness.” — Edith Stein Finite and Eternal Being p.45-46
|Beyond The Human|
The idea that humanity will supersede itself through reflexive action involving a series of involutionary changes, entails the question whether humanity — taken as one — becomes two, three or four, or a series of organism|machine types. The sequential changes whereby humanity passes into several alter-species, or transcends speciation altogether, is not simply a question of eugenics — that is, biology conducted under political considerations — but, more vaguely, that of the use of bio-technical means within historical and ecological constraints.
“The Buddha’s teaching of the Dharma is based on two truths: a truth of worldly convention and an ultimate truth” 24.8
“There does not exist anything that is not dependently arisen. Therefore there does not exist anything that is not empty.” 24.19
“Neither from itself nor from another, nor from both, nor without a cause, does anything whatever, anywhere arise.” 1.1
— Nagarjuna Fundamental Verses of The Middle Way
Whereas other philosophical traditions begin in metaphysics or even ethics, Japanese philosophy begins in aesthetics — that is, an appreciation of the presence of things and a sense of gratitude thereof. Whilst, Buddhism, Confucianism and later European thought shaped its content, this appreciative attitude shaped its capacity for philosophical synthesis.