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Entries from August 2007

The Thing-Being of the iPod

August 25th, 2007 · No Comments

I’ve long been interested in music, and over the years have sunk thousands of dollars into LPs, CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, etc., all of which are media for the storage of recorded musical performances. My tastes are catholic, or, perhaps more accurately, I should say, agnostic, and run the gamut from hip-hop to opera. It’s not […]

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The Being of a Thing that Has Being only by Virtue of Some Other Thing’s Being

August 20th, 2007 · No Comments

No, this is not going to be a long-winded essay on the meaning of being, or the being of things. Rather, let us envision two completely separate objects, with no cause-effect relationship, or spatio-temporal proximity. Under what circumstances can the being of one of them be said to depend wholly upon the being of the […]

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Is Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” a “Work of Art”? How about the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”?

August 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“Neither qualify,” says Heidegger (or so he might have said) in “The Origin of the Work of Art.” Rather, in order to be a “work of art,” a thing must have earth-shattering, culture-transforming significance. Only a few candidates meet this criterion – like the Temple did for the archaic Greeks. It defined their world and […]

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