Speaking of state-philosophy, virtually one of the only writings on that I know of is that essay from Schopenhauer’s Parerga and Paralipomena, and the only time I’ve ever seen that essay cited was in early Land. So I’m going to do what I do and see if other countries have interpreted it, since English readers seem to have forgotten this writing which I at least take to be a definitive takedown.

You guessed it- the Rusnet

Wonder why no one writes about it in the academy??

On the other side of this, for years now I’ve been thinking, reading, writing pretty much from the time I wake up til the time I go to sleep, all for what (could one count the poo flung at me by the chimps?) and my family probably thinks I don’t care about them, so it’s not like those academics don’t have their reasoning. Still, at least one essay on it I should’ve seen by now! That’s how fatal it is to the academy. To even people like Badiou. It’s a veritable hermeneutic of suspicion no one talks about.

Schopenhauer was obviously thinking of Hegel while writing this essay, so one could see this as a similar reaction to him that Marx had. And what a farce it is that one couldn’t expect an institutional Marxist to muse on this essay (in public). Schope is one of the main ones who was unjustly forgotten after the dust of German philosophy settled. Inb4- every teenager knows Stirner.

Hm not much on the Rusnet either. Not surprising, as it’s of the genre that “attacks the top of the brain”. The tops of the brain of countries make sure to subdue those attacks.

Let’s see what his own home country has to say about it

“Hacking” doesn’t get much more highbrow than this. This is an essay not only for the liberation of philosophy, scientists could very well substitute “science” in place of where he says “philosophy” throughout. While Schopenhauer says fine arts do not apply to this critique I somehow disagree with him. My instinct is that most disciplines could probably be “liberated” at least to some degree.

This essay reminds me of a certain popular manifesto

The proletarians professors have nothing to lose but their chains.


If you recall my previous post about Hegel’s ideas of negation and mobility, there’s nothing in Hegel himself that defines that quite like this essay. It puts all of Hegel into question.

Marty giving a lecture in Normandy on philosophy being ruled by Christian concepts, right…

This is a “Straussian” essay you could say. In fact, what could it say about Strauss himself? It puts into suspicion so much of intellectual history. It burns Badiou alive.

A distinction as cliche as it is neglected, as cliche as it is crucial

They think “for others” instead of “for themselves

Was Heidegger, after the war, mostly speaking to what he called The They? I do count silence as a form of speech.

This makes me laugh

I wonder if Dugin has written about these so-called professionals after getting the hemlock. Or does he miss having a normal life?

This is dark

Here we find at least one of the motifs from Schopenhauer’s treatise: professors as schemers who support one another. 

You don’t judge me, I don’t judge you. Now let’s have some incest.

It’s almost like reading a fantasy novel imagining a professor teaching this essay to their students.

That’s about it from the German internet, how about the Italian?

In fact, Schopenhauer’s target, even more than Germany where the adversary could also be called Hegel, seems to be today’s world, where thinking loves to voluntarily enslave itself…

the many who are satisfied with the “nefarious concept of research” and the few who have “tried the obsessive presence of thought on themselves” and crave “cognitive stillness”.

Ah they agree with me

It’s similar to neech’s “Use and Abuse of History for Life” in that it’s baffling how such an old document (1851) can still be so untimely.

This expresses the gravity of what is in question here

 It is known, in fact, that ideas are very powerful factors, capable of making men move and even unleashing revolutions: therefore you have to keep control of them

Kind of sounds like the medieval times when they put it this way

There are few true teachers and true seekers, while there are very many servants and masters.

This is the “actually existing” aristocracy of the west we’re talking about here. In dismal shape it’s in.

The other day I was trying to find a book on “What is the academy?” and this Schope essay is leading me to pages that clarify that more than any other method I’ve tried to answer that question. This is significant if one believes, like I do, that it’s the brains of the operation that is in question here.

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