Tag archive: misosophy

Death and the Storyteller

Death and the Storyteller

Walter Benjamin’s essay, The Storyteller  has been widely celebrated for many decades now. And yet amidst that celebration I have come across little direct or focused engagement with the position death plays within Benjamin’s considerations. It is an understandable omission, as death is certainly not the focus of the essay, and yet the position which it occupies…

A Misosophical Confession

A Misosophical Confession

  Originally published on Through Europe, September 2014   “Thought is primarily trespass and violence, the enemy, and nothing presupposes philosophy: everything begins with misosophy.”[i] “As far as ‘thought’ is concerned, works are falsifications, since they eliminate the provisional and the non-repeatable, the instantaneous and the mingling of purity and impurity, disorder and order.”[ii] “I…

The Joys of Being Wrong

The Joys of Being Wrong

  Originally published on Through Europe, September 2013   To some eyes this may read as a disclaimer, an attempt to remove all responsibility from that which is written or said, an abscondment from intellectual and ethical accountability; and perhaps to some extent, and from certain perspectives, it is.  Disclaimers are certainly popular in contemporary…

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