Palamut

As soon as one man was recognized by another as a sentient, thinking Being, similar to himself, the desire or the need to communicate to him his sentiments and thoughts made him seek the means to do so. Bir insan başka biri tarafından hisseden, düşünen ve kendine benzeyen bir varlık olarak tanıdığı anda ona kendiContinue reading “Palamut”

Objectives

One should be like an experienced archer, who, trying to hit someone at a distance and knowing the range [virtú] of his bow, aims at a point above his target, not so his arrow will strike the point he is aiming at, but so, by aiming high, he can reach his objective. Machiavelli …usta okçularContinue reading “Objectives”

Hannah Arendt & René Char 

Excerpted from Hannah Arendt by Samantha Rose Hill: Arendt was demanding, unapologetic, and opinionated.  She was not a feminist, a Marxist, a liberal, a conservative, Democrat, or Republican.  She loved the world and accepted what she understood to be the fundamental elements of the human condition: we do not exist alone, we are all differentContinue reading “Hannah Arendt & René Char “

Düşünce ile pratik arasındaki bu bariz ayrılık

Excerpt below is from Hegel & Haiti by Susan Buck-Morss Çeviren: Erkal Ünal By the eighteenth century, slavery had become the root metaphor of Western political philosophy, connoting everything that was evil about power relations.  Freedom, its conceptual antithesis, was considered by Enlightenment thinkers as the highest and universal political value.  Yet this political metaphorContinue reading “Düşünce ile pratik arasındaki bu bariz ayrılık”

Whoever risks fighting monsters

Her kim bir canavarla çarpışmayı göze alırsa, bir canavar olmayı da göze alın.  Çünkü karanlığı uzun süre bakarsınız, karanlık da sizin içinize bakmaya başlar.  Whoever risks fighting monsters risks becoming a monster.  For when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also begins gazing into you. Nietzsche 

Bir küçük düşünsel çatlamaya yol

Arapça kökenli “hüzün” kelimesi Kuran’da bugün Türkçede kullanılana yakın bir anlamda iki ayette, ayrıca “hazen” şekilde üç ayette daha geçiyor.  Hazreti Muhammed’in karısı Hatice ile amcası Ebu Talip’in öldüğü yıl için “senetül hüzn” (hüzün yılı) denmesi, kelimenin ruhsal tarafı ağır basan bir kayıptan kaynaklanan bir duyguyu anlattığını kanıtlıyor.  Okudukları, kelimenin bir kayıpla, onun yarattığı ruhsalContinue reading “Bir küçük düşünsel çatlamaya yol”

Ordinary tyranny

Once any tyranny becomes accepted as ordinary, its victory is assured. Bir despotluk sıradan olarak kabul edildiğinde, artık zaferi kesindi. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas Çeviren: Bilge Gündüz Illustrations: The Decameron

Subversion

Rights are susceptible to subversion, as even granite is susceptible to erosion.  …In a cycle as old as tribalism, ignorance of the Other engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence; violence engenders further violence until the only “rights,” the only law, are whatever is willed by the most powerful. Nasıl granit bile erozyona karşıContinue reading “Subversion”

Teşekkür ederim, Oliver Sacks

To what extent are we the authors, the creators, of our own experiences?  How much are these predetermined by the brains or senses we are born with, and to what extent do we shape our brains through experience?  The effects of a profound perceptual deprivation such as blindness may cast an unexpected light on theseContinue reading “Teşekkür ederim, Oliver Sacks”

Do scientists pray?

January 19, 1936 My dear Dr. Einstein, We have brought up the question: Do scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men, to try and have our own question answered. We will feel greatlyContinue reading “Do scientists pray?”