Rebellion, contrary to current opinion, and though it springs from everything that is most strictly individualistic in man, questions the very idea of the individual. If the individual, in fact, accepts death and happens to die as a consequence of his act of rebellion, he demonstrates by doing so that he is willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of a common good which he considers more important than his own destiny. If he prefers the risk of death to the negation of the rights that he defends, it is because he considers these rights more important than himself. Therefore he is acting in the name of certain values which are still indeterminate but which he feels are common to himself and to all men. We see that the affirmation implicit in every act of rebellion is extended to something that transcends the individual in so far as it withdraws him from his supposed solitude and provides him with a reason to act.
—  Albert Camus, The Rebel

The Taijitu Shuo - Diagram Of The Supreme Polarity representing the whole of Taoist Cosmology.

The single circle at the top of the Taijitu Shuo represents Wuji - undifferentiated Timelessness. What we see below that is actually an early version of the Yin-Yang Symbol - and represents the first movement into Duality - the play of Yin Qi and Yang Qi. From the blending of Yin Qi and Yang Qi come the Five Elements: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood & Fire. From the Five Elements are born the “myriad things” of the world.

Taoist practitioners enter into a “Path of Return” - a movement from the myriad things of the world back into Wuji. The Immortals, or those who have entered the Tao, are those who have completed this “Path of Return.”

“Love is the source of all - love that is unconditional and selfless: love which is totally free. Qi came into being, flowing out of unconditional love. From timelessness, from Wuji, Qi created the Universe. From a non-definable reality, Yin and Yang, the world of Duality, came into being. Wuji became Taiji. Yin Qi and Yang Qi blended together and gave birth to the Universe. It is Qii that created the Universe and it is unconditional love that gave birth to Qi.” - Lu Jun Feng

I love thinking about what makes a person’s insides tick. What helps get them out of bed in the morning? Who’s the person they try to push out of their head all day? Why do they look down every time someone meets their eyes? What is it about us, about humans, that makes us so special? I’m telling you, we’re all such messy beings. We’re always getting our fingers slammed in the doors of people that no longer need us.
—  Humans are the cruelest, yet most beautiful species. 
Masterpost: PDF Full Text Books, Pt. 3

Hey guys, here is a third masterpost with links to full books in pdf format. If any of the links stop working, send me a message and I will fix them! 

Link to part 1

Link to part 2

Sara Ahmed–The Cultural Politics of Emotion

Alain Badiou–In Praise of Love

Alain Badiou—Theoretical Writings: Alain Badiou

Maurice Blanchot—Friendship

Maurice Blanchot—Thomas the Obscure

Judith Butler—Precarious Life

Roland Barthes–SZ

Gilles Deleuze–Bergsonism

Derrida–Memoires for Paul de Man 

Derrida–Work of Mourning

Derrida–A Taste for the Secret


Derrida–-Sovereignties in Question: The Poetics of Paul Celan


Jared Diamond—Guns, Germs and Steel 

Marguerite Duras–Hiroshima Mon Amour

Silvia Frederici–Caliban and the Witch

Paul Gilroy–Small Acts 

David Harvey—The Condition of Postmodernity


Annamarie Jagose–Queer Theory: An Introduction

Kevin Kenny (Ed.)–Ireland and the British Empire

Hugh Kenner—Mazes: 64 Essays (1989)

Alice Notley–Coming After: Essays on Poetry (2005)

Hildergard von Bingen–The Letters of Hildegard von Bingen, Volume I

Simone Weil–The-Notebooks of Simone Weil, Volume II

Simone Weil–Letters and Essays

Simone Weil–Gateway to God

Simone Weil–Simone Weil: An Anthology


Robert J Young–Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture, and Race (1994)

Vanda Zajko (Ed.)–-Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

The understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things, takes no notice of itself; and it requires an art and pains to set it at a distance and make it its own object.
—  John Locke, born on this day in 1632, on knowledge, understanding, and why not to borrow your opinions from others – a prescient admonition penned centuries before our social media echo chamber. 

Today we start our unit on language with a discussion of meaning and how we assign and understand meaning. We’ll cover sense and reference, beetles in boxes, and language games.

We’re also getting into the meaning-making game ourselves: bananas are now chom-choms. Pass it on.

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