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Plato’s Symposion: Discussions on Love

“…and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even … Continue reading

Lettre d’Albert Camus à René Char

“On parle de la douleur de vivre. Mais ce n’est pas vrai, c’est la douleur de ne pas vivre qu’il faut dire.” Albert Camus Albert Camus, restera comme une figure singulière dans la culture et l’histoire : immense écrivain, penseur à la fois engagé et en rupture avec son époque et, fait rare, homme d’exception, … Continue reading

Simone de Beauvoir Interview and photography

Simone de Beauvoir, The Art of Fiction No. 35 Interviewed by Madeleine Gobeil —Translated by Bernard Frechtman  Simone de Beauvoir had introduced me to Jean Genet and Jean-Paul Sartre, whom I had interviewed. But she hesitated about being interviewed herself: “Why should we talk about me? Don’t you think I’ve done enough in my three … Continue reading

Quelque part dans l’inachevé – Vladimir Jankélévitch / Robert Doisneau

Mais pour qu’il y ait rencontre, il faut être deux : l’occasion tient à la fois au moment de l’occurrence et aux bonnes dispositions d’une conscience qui oscille entre la verve et la sécheresse, entre les moments inspirés et les moments arides. Plus bref le passage de ce météore dans notre ciel, plus acrobatique l’effort … Continue reading

Either/Or – The Stages Of Life – Søren Kierkegaard / Reinfried Marass

“You love the accidental. A smile from a pretty girl in an interesting situation, a stolen glance, that is what you are hunting for, that is a motif for your aimless fantasy. You who always pride yourself on being an observateur must, in return, put up with becoming an object of observation. Ah, you are … Continue reading

Jacques-Alain Miller: On Love

We Love the One Who Responds to Our Question: “Who Am I?” Hanna Waar – Does psychoanalysis teach us something about love? Jacques-Alain Miller – A great deal, because it’s an experience whose mainspring is love. It’s a question of that automatic and more often than not unconscious love that the analysand brings to the analyst, and … Continue reading

Letters to Milena Jesenská : Franz Kafka – Love letters

Meran, May 1920 Dear Frau Milena (yes, this heading is becoming burdensome, although it is something to cling to in this uncertain world, like a crutch for sick people; but it’s no sign of recovery when the crutches grow to be a burden), I have never lived among Germans. German is my mother tongue and … Continue reading

Roland Barthes and mass communication

Barthes and mass communication In Communication Studies, the reason Roland Barthes can be considered an important scholar is that he applied linguistic rules to general cultural codes, from a magazine “text” to an “image” in advertisements. His approach to cultural products becomes a good example in today’s Cultural Studies, Critical Communication and various semiotic analyses … Continue reading

Les vases communicants – André Breton / Diego Rivera

“…il y a là une porte entr-ouverte,au delà de laquelle il n’ya plus qu’un pas à faire pour, au sortir de la maison vacilante des poètes, se retrouver de plain-pied dans la vie” (Les Vases communicants, p.11) (…there is a door,half-opened, on the other side of which just one step has to be taken, in leaving the … Continue reading

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity. For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were released on Amazon, including Happy Money, Happy-People-Pills For … Continue reading

Le siècle et le pardon – Jacques Derrida

Qu’est-ce que le concept de pardon? D’où vient-il? S’impose-t-il à tous et à toutes les cultures? Peut-il être porté dans l’ordre du juridique? Du politique? Et à quelles conditions? Mais alors qui l’accorde? Et à qui? Et au nom de quoi, de qui?  Propos recueillis par Michel Wieviorka, Le Monde des Débats, Décembre 1999.  Le Monde … Continue reading

Diary of a seducer – Soren Kierkegaard

Sua pasion’ predominante é la giovin principiante. [This predominant passion is the youthful beginnal.] Don Giovanni aria n° 4. “The sixteenth How beautiful it is to be in love; how interesting it is to know that one is in love. This, you see, is the difference. I can become furious at the rought that she … Continue reading

Language is a skin – Constantin Brâncuşi / Roland Barthes

“Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire. The emotion derives from a double contact: on the one hand, a whole activity of discourse discreetly, indirectly focuses upon a … Continue reading

Friedrich Hölderlin : Scardanelli

The Hölderlin Tower in Tübingen where the poet spent the last 36 years of his life – Photo Sven Kalbhenn Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 – 1843) was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism. Hölderlin was also an important thinker in the development of German Idealism, particularly his early association with and philosophical … Continue reading

Alone Together… – Sherry Turkle

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle Why do so many of us prefer simulated relationships to real ones? Is reliance on technology altering what it means to be human? The Furby is a fluffy robot toy that was popular in the late 90s. It looks … Continue reading

The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a  mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought  with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. If one believes Homer, Sisyphus was the wisest and most prudent … Continue reading

La femme dans la musique – Friedrich Nietzsche

Le Gai savoir 63. La femme dans la musique. D’où vient que les vents chauds et pluvieux amènent avec eux un état d’esprit qui dispose à la musique et au plaisir inventif de la mélodie? Ne sont-ce pas les mêmes vents qui emplissent les églises et qui donnent aux femmes des pensées amoureuses? Le Gai … Continue reading

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