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17 May 2006 @ 06:01 am
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Although not strictly necessary, I would like recommendations of particular philosophers and/or authors who have paid specific and substantial attention to Nothingness in their own treatments of ontology. Nietzsche immediately comes to mind, and I am certain we can use much of his work to guide our insights. Do we have other suggestions?
Not Paul Hopepaulhope on May 18th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Satre wrote the book on Being and Nothingness, with an emphasis on nothingness.
Princess Timothy, Emperor of Ice Creamtimthepenguin on May 18th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Heidegger, in "What is Metaphysics?", and some parts of "Being and Time."
Kain aka That Evil Guy: Guess whonanikore on May 18th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
We start, then, with nothing, pure zero. But this is not the nothing of negation. For not means other than, and other is merely a synonym of the ordinal numeral second. As such it implies a first; while the present pure zero is prior to every first. The nothing of negation is the nothing of death, which comes second to, or after, everything. But this pure zero is the nothing of not having been born. There is no individual thing, no compulsion, outward nor inward, no law. It is the germinal nothing, in which the whole universe is involved or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely undefined and unlimited possibility -- boundless possibility. There is no compulsion and no law. It is boundless freedom.

Charles S. Peirce, "Logic of Events" (1898)