18 enero, 2014
Verbal continence is an essential feature of the masculine virtue sophrosyne (“prudence, soundness of mind, moderation, temperance, self-control”) that organizes most patriarchal thinking on ethical or emotional matters. Woman as a species is frequently said to lack the ordering principle of sophrosyne. (…)
Lately I have begun to question the Greek word sophrosyne. I wonder about this concept of self-control and whether it really is, as the Greeks believed, an answer to most questions of human goodness and dilemmas of civility. I wonder if there might not be another idea of human order than repression, another notion of human virtue than self-control, another kind of human self than one based on dissociation of inside and outside. Or indeed, another human essence than self.
Anne Carson, “The Gender of Sound”, Glass, Irony and God, 1992.
9 enero, 2014
As I sit here doing nothing but aging
Still my guitar gently weeps.
Pero “aging” no es exactamente “envejecer”, sino la edad pura hecha verbo, tiempo y espada.
29 diciembre, 2013
Elation (intense joy)
(de los haikus de wordreference)
8 agosto, 2013
La syntaxe est une faculté d’amê.
Paul Valery, Choses tues, 1932.
(La sintassi è una facoltà dell’anima. La sintaxis es una facultad del alma. A sintaxe é uma faculdade da ama. Syntax is a faculty of the soul. Die Syntax ist eine Eigenschaft der Seele.)
9 julio, 2013
It is always difficult to find an English word to represent nous. The standard dictionary traslation is ‘mind’, but this does not have the correct connotations, particulary when the word is used in a religious philosophy. If we were to say that Plotinus put mind above soul, we should give a completely wrong impression. McKenna, the translator of Plotinus, uses ‘Intellectual-Principle’, but this is awkward, and does not suggest an object suitable for religious veneration. Dean Inge uses ‘Spirit’, which is perhaps the best word available. But it leaves out the intellectual element which was important in all Greek religious philosophy after Pythagoras. Mathematics, the world of ideas, and all thought about what is not sensible, have, for Pythagoras, Plato and Plotinus, something divine; they constitute the activity of nous, or at least the nearest approach to its activity that we can conceive.
Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, 1946.
13 enero, 2013
Nuestra primera conversación del año -telefónica, breve e improbable- versó exclusivamente sobre la morfología de la palabra “hojarasca”, sobre su -r-, sobre el morfema derivativo -asc- y sobre las discrepancias en torno a su -a final.