Below are previous posts about philosophy

Dostoevsky Timeline

by Thomas Cummins

(1821) – Born in Moscow on October 30 (November 11 according to the Gregorian Calendar). Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is the 2nd of 7 children to Mikhail Andreyevich, head physician at Mariinsky Hospital for the Poor, and Mariya Fyodorovna, daughter of a merchant family. (1831) – begins boarding school in Moscow with his older brother Mikhail. (1834) – Chermak Private High School […]

Heidegger & Art

by Thomas Cummins

In his essay ‘The Origin of the Work of Art,’ Heidegger noticed that all artworks have a thingly character to them. But it is also obvious that art is something more than simply just a thing. Heidegger insists that artworks are different from useful equipment-type objects because artworks “in setting up a world, sets forth […]

Freud’s Karamazov

by Thomas Cummins

“As both Dostoevsky and Freud knew, all to well, it is a bewildering paradox that one can obtain both pleasure and pain, simultaneously, from the same cause. The oxymoron questions causality itself and endows the observer with a brief glimpse into the abysmal complexity of the human mind.” Fyodor Dostoevsky’s (1821 – 1881) Existentialist writings […]

Subject as Object

by Thomas Cummins

“Even though the individual might presume s/he is somehow special, s/he needs verification in the real world – either by another person or by an object that somehow reflects his/her specialness (like a trophy or a car for example.) So when one person meets another person for the first time, there is a fight for […]

The Gaze

by Thomas Cummins

“I see only from one point but, in my existence, I am looked at from all sides. We imagine that we are forever being watched in the way Santa Clause and God always seem to be looking over our shoulder. Indeed, as Sartre has told us before, God is merely the concept of the Other […]