The essays in this section address philosophical questions that have interested me for a long time.
- The philosophy and psychology of religion,
- The relationship between thinking and reality,
- The nature of knowledge, or epistemology.
- What is thinking, and what is so unique about the human subject?
- Literature and Philosophy.
With the exception of the Rilke paper, all essays were written around the time of my dissertation research. My dissertation at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley was entitled “The Psychoanalytic View of Religion in Freud and Lacan.” (2001) The essays are sorted by date of creation. Below you find short descriptions. All papers are copyrighted.
- Poetry, Nature, Thought. Analyzing the Dialectic of Experience and Identity in Rilke’s Poetry. (This is an Ebook, available only through Amazon.) In this essay, written in January and February of 2011, I examine the dialectic of experience and identity in Rilke’s poetry. Many years ago, as a student in Munich, I wrote a paper about Rilke. After rereading some of his poems, I decided to revisit his ideas and to write once more about him. His poetry is beautiful, and the underlying philosophy represents a revolutionary new thinking about humans and nature. His poems enact this philosophy; they are precursors of what we could call today “deep ecological thought”.
- Reason and the Subject of Philosophy This paper examines the outcome of the crisis in philosophical thinking that was diagnosed by many philosophers at the beginning of the 20th century. It traces the relationship between rationality and subjectivity, and suggests that the concept of the person offers us a basis for the re-orientation of the philosophy of the subject. (Nov 2001)
- Subject, Ego, Person The Religious Roots of Our Concept of the “Person.” In this short essay, I argue that the difference between “something” and “someone” has led to the elaboration of a secularized concept of the “person”, which emerged from the theological reflections that attempted to explain the dual nature of Jesus Christ as Man and God. (Written in August and September of 2001.)
- Theology from Freud to Lacan. A very short summary and comparison of their arguments on religion. (Fall of 2000)
- Thinking and Being – Lacan versus Parmenides.Starting from two opposite epistemological strategies – the identity of thinking and being versus their juxtaposition, I discuss the consequences of these approaches for the question of truth. (Spring 2000)
- Freud on Religion.This paper shows the connections between Freud’s views on religion and psychoanalytic theory. Freud’s attempts to grapple with the phenomenon of religion transforms psychoanalytic theory itself. (Summer 1999)