The Best (and Worst) Java Tools, Frameworks, Libraries etc.

Probably the most unique thing about Java is the wealth of tools, frameworks and libraries available, the majority at low or no cost. The subsequent difficulty for new Java developers is what to learn, what to use, and what to avoid. Although this type of list can degenerate into a religious argument hopefully the reasons… Continue reading The Best (and Worst) Java Tools, Frameworks, Libraries etc.

Where Intuitive Understanding Requires the Addition of Thinking Well

Intuitive understanding often has a significant advantage over logical, subjective thinking. This is simply because intuitive understanding involves the whole self, with all its complexity, and is therefore far more capable of understanding similarly complex systems. Attempting to understand a system as complex, for instance, as a country’s economy, with the aid of logic and… Continue reading Where Intuitive Understanding Requires the Addition of Thinking Well

The Ecstatic and the Origin of Ontology in the Erotic

Ecstatic temporality, as Heidegger describes it, is the way in which Dasein opens a World, and as such is itself ontological as a being. Ecstasy itself originated in the phrase “ekhistanai”, which meant “to place, to make stand out”, or to determine. In Ancient Greek it had come to mean being apart from one’s Self.… Continue reading The Ecstatic and the Origin of Ontology in the Erotic

Schelling and Human Self-Will as the Origin of Evil

22.6 Schelling and the Metaphysics of Evil Schelling’s remarkable attempt to solve the problem of evil in a Christian context deals directly with some of the avenues a solution might be sought that are implicit in the Catholic view, which primarily derives from Aquinas. If Epicurus’ argument can be controverted, it has to be in… Continue reading Schelling and Human Self-Will as the Origin of Evil

The Problem with Zizek’s Defense of the Cartesian Subject

“Perhaps Zizek’s most radical challenge to accepted theoretical opinion is his defense of the modern, Cartesian subject. Zizek knowingly and polemically positions his writings against virtually all other contemporary theorists, with the significant exception of Alain Badiou. But for Zizek, the Cartesian subject is not reducible to the fully self assured “master and possessor of… Continue reading The Problem with Zizek’s Defense of the Cartesian Subject

althussian concept of ideology

Ideology? From “Louis Althusser’s “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” “ – http://www.colorado.edu/English/courses/ENGL2012Klages/1997althusser.html “Hence the final part of Althusser’s argument: How is it that individual subjects are constituted in ideological structures? Or, in other words, how does ideology create a notion of self or subject? All ideology has the function of constituting concrete individuals as subjects–of… Continue reading althussian concept of ideology