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Plotinus and the One

“THE ONE is all things and no one of them; the source of all things is not all things; all things are its possession … ” — Plotinus 

Heraclitus and the Philosophy of Change

“The world, the same for all, neither any god nor any man made; but it was always and is and will be, fire ever-living, kindling in measures and being extinguished in measures …” — Heraclitus

Religion and nothingness: the Kyoto School

Thinking of God as ‘Absolute’ and as ‘Nothing’ is key to the inter-faith dialogue of Zen Buddhism and Christian theology promoted by Kyoto School thinkers Nishida and Nishitani. In what sense is God ‘Nothing’?

The oneness of time and being: explore the Zen philosophy of Eihei Dogen

“Life is not coming, not going, not present, not becoming. … life is the manifestation of the whole works, death is the manifestation of the whole works.” — Dogen

Chinese Buddhist Philosophy in a Nutshell

“Every blade of grass, tree, pebble, and particle of dust is perfectly endowed with buddha nature … ” — Zhanran   “If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha … ” — Linji

The philosophy of Hannah Arendt: where are we when we think?

“ … the thinking activity belongs among those energeiai [activities] which, like flute-playing, have their ends within themselves and leave no tangible outside end product in the world we inhabit.”

Being in the world: Heidegger's philosophy

“The being of ‘being’ is itself not a being”. Questioning the meaning of ‘Being’ lies at the root of Heidegger’s critique of the ‘crisis’ of Western culture that his philosophy sought to overcome.

Phenomenology: An Introduction

“Psychic life is accessible to us not only through self-experience but also through experience of others.” — Edmund Husserl (1927, Encyclopedia Britannica: Phenomenology)

Philosophy of the Sublime: Magic & Imagination

The philosophical sublime refers to those terrifying and delightful realities that exist beyond the common everyday, it is these that the magician seeks to experience and use to achieve a cosmic elevation of the self.

Philosophy of the Sublime: Horror

The sublime – dreadful, ecstatic, terrifying, awesome, uncanny, perverse – names the uncommon in human experience. The dark sublime of horror reveals our mortality and those dangerous transformations of self that lead us into an unsettling beyond.

Being and Beauty: The philosophy of Japanese Aesthetics

Not something apart from everyday life but intrinsic to it, beauty in Japanese thought does not entail perfection but the surprise of imperfect and transient being.