Walt Whitman: from Song of the Open Road

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Now I re-examine philosophies and religions,
They may prove well in lecture-rooms, yet not prove at all
     under the spacious clouds and along the landscape and
     flowing currents.

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Alterity

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Alterity
That vast space between
I                            
                                 you.
Under
a gibbous moon,
philosophy failed,
and there I laid you
down, I laid you down.

Kierkegaard on existence

“. . . whether I am moving in the world of sensate palpability or in the world of thought, I never reason in conclusion to existence, but I reason in conclusion from existence. For example, I do not demonstrate that a stone exists but that something which exists is a stone. The court of law does not demonstrate that a criminal exists but that the accused, who does indeed exists, is a criminal. Whether one wants to call existence an accessorium [addition] or the eternal prius [presupposition], it can never be demonstrated.”

–Soren Kierkegaard, from Philosophical Fragments