Thoughts of an Anti-Philosopher


  1. Any true philosophy speaks openly only to the few.
  2. The many see only the mask.
  3. No history can tell the history of itself.
  4. The paradox of infinite time. An infinite duration in the past would not only imply that everything had already happened, but that it had already happened an infinite number of times.
  5. Time is change. Only the present exists. Past and future exist only as dimensions of the now.
  6. The meaning of history is to be found not in its end, but at its beginning.
  7. The prerequisite for the existence of a people is the setting aside of self-interest, albeit not entirely, but to some definite degree. In the earliest societies, except when living in Eden-esque conditions, self-interest was brutally suppressed.
  8. Becoming is. Being is not. Everything is in flux.
  9. For the Dionysiac, time is a circle.
  10. Over against the notion of will to power as a metaphysical monad is the idea of it as triadic, ala Peirce. Firstness: A perspective (which is any idea) is at bottom expressive of pre-ideational living (or "active") forces. Secondness: A perspective gains shape and definition by reacting to opposing perspectives (forces) - no perspective can be elucidated without reference to other perspectives (to the prospective field of its effectuality). Thirdness: Adaptation, responsivity, cooptation, subsummation, sublimation. Disguise and mask. Self-overcoming. Be triplicit, not duplicit. Beyond Good and Evil. Life becomes Art.
  11. This World, "life, nature, and history," eternally returns as the Same, and not the Other.
  12. The truth is that which continues...
  13. There is no guarantee that logic or reason are true, except that nothing sensible can be meant or said without them.
  14. False arguments abound because we wish the truth to be something other than what it is.
  15. Without doubt, there is no science. Without belief, there is no religion. The first forces us to think, while the second allows us to sleep.
  16. To love wisdom is to discover not that one is wise, but a fool.
  17. He who believes he is wise is doubly fooled.
  18. What most wish from wisdom is that it will show the way to happiness. True wisdom, however, counsels that happiness should neither be expected nor relied upon.
  19. Welcome happiness, but expect sorrow.
  20. Better to be surprised than disappointed.
  21. Doubt is more difficult to maintain than certainty.
  22. The truth, by itself, cannot be known. It is only through that which it displaces that it can be apprehended.

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