Kimono – 3 elements of the collar

The most interesting cultural feature of the Kimono for me is the collar and it’s meaning in terms of placement and position. I think the Japanese use the collar similar to we in the US, but they are much more specific and subtle. In Japanese kimono there are 3 elements of the collar that change…

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According to this reading what is wrong with morality?

P 277-310 Nietzsche, F. W. (2009). The Gay Science. (T. Common, Trans.). Stilwell, Kan.: Digireads.com. Morality is a value judgement that has no foundation. Nietzsche points out that morals are a way we blind ourselves from thinking. We do not question the nature and reason behind the essential morals that have, for unknown reasons, become…

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Does it mater who asserts that philosophy begins with doubt?

Kierkegaard, S. (1985). Philosophical Fragments/Johannes Climacus : Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 7. (E. H. Hong & H. V. Hong, Trans.). Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. From what I think I understand of Kierkegaard I feel like I can answer this question without reading what Johannes Climacus has to say about the question. It would be something like;…

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Is Nietzsche being a light thinker or a shadow thinker?

Nietzsche, F. W. (2009). The Gay Science. (T. Common, Trans.). Stilwell, Kan.: Digireads.com. The passage in section 90 is very short it states: Lights and Shadows. Books and drafts mean something quite different for different thinkers. One collects in a book the lights that he has been able to steal and carry home swiftly out…

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Why is faith not a form of Knowledge? Why is it not a form of will?

Kierkegaard, S. (1985). Philosophical Fragments/Johannes Climacus : Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 7. (E. H. Hong & H. V. Hong, Trans.). Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. Faith is a paradox. Faith is not knowledge because knowledge can not have such a paradox as faith. On page 62 Climacus says, “ Faith is not knowledge, for all knowledge is…

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How does the parable of the king and the maiden provide an alternative to the Socratic understanding?

The story of the king and the maiden offers an alternative to the Socratic understanding because it suggests people can be more than what they are naturally and there is more than what they can rationally understand. The Socratic understanding is one in which the student and the teacher do not love each other. The…

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The relationship between work and thought

On page108 there is a section called, “Work and Boredom.” Here Nietzsche states, “there are…men who would rather perish than work without any pleasure in their work…. Artist and contemplative men of all kinds belong to this rare breed… they do not fear boredom as much as work without pleasure; they actually require a lot…

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