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[Esse post é uma resposta à uma discussão de bar. Acho que eu não tenho competência de reproduzir exatamente as opiniões do meu interlocutor, e isso pode tornar o texto um pouco esquisito. Me pareceu que ele estava dizendo que o monoteísmo é a razão fundamental pela qual a bancada evangélica é intolerante ao ponto de impossibilitar o diálogo. Eu partilho de uma boa parte dessa crença, certamente partilho o horror e o desespero com a nossa bancada evangélica. Compartilho a intolerância contra a intolerância religiosa desse grupo. E justamente por isso acho que a questão é mais complexa, e que é preciso ser mais cauteloso com os conceitos da teoria das religiões.]

Começando do final: Mao era Católico. Se bem que eu não disse isso, minhas palavras foram: “Não quer dizer que Mao não seja Católico”. A diferença é sutil. Mas vamos lá. Mao foi profundamente influenciado por Marx, e esse por sua vez profundamente influenciado por Feuerbach.

Não estamos acostumados a ver a coisa assim, porque o resquício do debate são críticas que Marx faz a Feuerbach. No entanto, as noções de “estrutura” e “superestrutura” (que são ingredientes fundamentais da cozinha marxista) vêm diretamente de Feuerbach. A tese fundamental era de que as comunidades cristãs alemãs reproduziam os interesses da burguesia alemã e não da bíblia, muito embora as historinhas que elas contavam fossem tiradas da bíblia.

Nesse sentido, era exatamente a mesma coisa que Lutero dizia quando falava que o comércio de relíquias praticado pela instituição católica era imoral: Afirmava que isso estava de acordo com os interesses econômicos mas não de acordo com a bíblia. Read More »

I’d like to give thanks to feminism.

That comes after i, grudgingly, reluctantly, finally came to accept that i am not, and should not be, a feminist. For most of my life i, a man, had been more of a riot grrrrl than mos of my girlfriends. I’d been enraged again and again for what i saw as submissive attitudes of them, even ones that could equally well be read as submission to me. In more than one way, i wanted the role of the girl: I wanted to be approached instead of to approach, i wanted to be seduced instead of seducing, i wanted to accommodate to their lives instead of providing a grand narrative for them to accommodate to. I actually felt that the two people in a relationship should do a bit of each, and it pissed me to no end that no woman at all accepted to. Lazy, prideless girls, i thought. But i came to realize it does not make any sense for them to do any of that, and it came together with me realizing feminism is not an answer to anything.

But feminism has been useful to me, in very personal ways, and i want to give thanks.
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Derrida writes presence with a capital P.

He traces the use of this word from the Middle-Ages concept of the Presence of God, a central theme for a world where the Catholic institution was the main keeper of intellectuality and thinking. But far from being just dogma, this idea was a hairy problem, because the world was effectively made by God, and thus every single thing should be embedded in this Presence, but still, some experiences were felt as fuller of God than others. And even if there were some hermit mystics said to experience God in solitude, the archetypal experience of God was the Mass, a ritual the priests must have been painfully aware could be conducted with pure routine. It is a technique, but how could a technique lift someone from the banality of the world into the presence of God?

How can you reach for what is unreachable in essence? Read More »

Trapped by their fears, Realists retreat screaming whenever faced with a Relativist idea. Simply can’t swallow it. And they retreat into exactly the same lack of intellectual discipline they accuse litcrit of. Conditioned by our cruel education system, that treats children as cattle, they refrain from any philosophy not geared towards providing “correct answers to the test”. To win the argument, then, you should proceed not with sound argumentation — that would only lead them into rationalization — but instead with masking relativism’s sour taste of personal responsibility. Read More »

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