Enoch challenged us to problematize desire. Is it possible that desire itself is an evolutionary cause? Did fish grow legs over millenia because of desire to leave the water? Or small mammals wings from desire to fly? Or humans consciousness out of desire to understand?
Here are some quick results of a google search:
: A Philosophical Critique of Desire (2003) by Masahiro Morioka . The full text is still in translation, but the opening reads: “I would like to deliver this book to those who are in the midst of anxiety covered over with pleasure, in the midst of repetition without any joy, and in the midst of an endless labyrinth without exit, but are nevertheless willing to live their lives without regret in a corner of their minds.”
We were discussing repetition in class tonight in reference to Vasistha’s Yoga and life in general.
Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon is described as “addressing the idea of a paradox of desire, whereby we must desire to end desire, the varieties of desire that are articulated in the Pali texts are examined.”
This essay argues that desire has taken two predominant forms in the West: sex and power.
This looks interesting, someone’s compilation of musings on philosophy and desire, including a section on unconscious desires. If I’m not mistaken, he makes a similar argument to that which Enoch made: ‘ It seems, then, that even when we intensely desire things, the desires themselves are not making up consciousness. Instead, the desires cause other things