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Dante

Child's play

The world came into being in an act of spontaneity. There was no pre-determined reason for its creation, which was an act of total freedom. Dante likened the spontaneity of this act to a child at play who turns eagerly to what delights it. He believed that such unrestrained freedom is the foundation for our own human freedom. Because we were born out of this spontaneous action we can go on believing that there is such a freedom for us. So important did Dante believe this allegorisation of creativity and play to be that it occurs at the very centre of Purgatory (XVI) and is thus at the dead-centre of the Divine Comedy as a whole.

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From the archive: A warning from Jünger

Schelling's romantic Spinozism Schelling's romantic Spinozism
Schelling ultimately is a Spinozist, i.e. holds a worldview best summed up by the Spinozist credo that freedom is the recognition of necessity.

In Schelling’s romantic Spinozism there is heroism in standing up to necessity, but there is tragedy in succumbing to the inevitable.
John Dunn

Just a thought: Fichte defined what it is to be human as a freedom from necessity. Schelling, Hegel and, ultimately, Marx, as followers of Spinoza, denied that humanity in a submission to necessity. John Dunn (Child of Encounter)

Demolishing the house of being Demolishing the house of being
In the mould of Martin Luther, Heidegger may only have wanted to ‘stake out the positive possibilities’ of tradition, but he opened a Pandora’s Box in doing so. Derrida delved into the box and found a way of deconstructing the whole of tradition rather than revitalising it.
John Dunn

 

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