Well, it saves on dresses. :devilish:
You mentioned in another post (sorry, haven't got the hang of quoting from several posts in a long thread - is it that "multi-quote" button I can no longer see?) about Heidegger being the opposite of Francis Bacon. I just want to mention having read somewhere recently that the remark about "putting nature on the rack" which is often attributed to Bacon is actually due to Leibniz.
Thanks. I would still say that "knowledge is power" is the opposite of how I currently understand Heidegger. I'm not saying I follow H all the way, by any means. But I can see how he has been so influential. It's as if thinking has been stripped of the sacred. H's head was stuffed with theology. Rorty described him as an ascetic priest. He's also describable as the most negative of theologians. Being is not a being but only the light that discloses beings. But to describe Being as light is to describe a being. At some point Heidegger would cross out the word Being after writing it, to remind himself that the name of Being is not being but just another being. Heidegger wanted, as far as I can tell, to dwell on the ontological and not the ontic. Of course this can be attacked as utterly impractical. But that was perhaps the point. To fixate on the raw mystery of existence. I suppose its philosophy-as-poetry-as-theology-so-negative-that-it-can't-be-called-theology. I'm no expert but he also seem to stress our embeddness in language. We are always already immersed not only in language but in praxis. We are always-already thrown into a particular context.
I also like his concept of Being-towards-death. Husserl accused him of writing anthropology in Being and Time. So be it.
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All this talk about tearing dresses reminds me of the beginning scene from Zizek's Perverts Guide to the Cinema where he says "I want a third pill." (He is making a Matrix reference) Zizek's quip is a bit like stopping ourselves before we tear the dress off and saying to the Goddess, "Let's leave the dress on this time."
I like that part. Zizek is generally great on the erotic in general. He loves the word "phantasmatic," doesn't he? His views on love aren't exactly fit for a hallmark card, as he presents sex as assisted masturbation.
"Leaving the dress on." That's a good addition.