The Origin of Madness : A Philosophical Review of the Film ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ by Tini Ngatini

Do you ever wonder how people go from completely sane to wholly mad? Or, think about how each of us is equally exposed to the possibility of catching insanity every time we open ourselves to the outside world? One of these answers can be found in the film In Mouth of Madness (1995) directed by John Carpenter. The film understands madness as “that thing [which is] messing with the church [values]”; “that thing that offers pain and suffering beyond human understanding.” Madness is an abstract being that “wasn’t here [in this material world] before l wrote it”, says the character … Continue reading The Origin of Madness : A Philosophical Review of the Film ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ by Tini Ngatini

Nietzsche Never Went Mad, He Walked Off Like Cassady by Paul Michael Whitfield

Image of German humor magazine Fliegende Blätter’s 1892 “Rabbit and Duck” 1. Madness, of course, is multifarious. It’s August. I value August. I like beginnings, for example, and August begins de dicto with the first letter of what we name the alphabet and de re the season of the harvest of endings for beginnings—autumn, itself de dicto so too. August is prudence and eo ipso sanity. It is power, with which madness is often inversely related. August has been power for some time, in the West. Pax Romana, two centuries of relative peace in Rome, was inaugurated by the ruler … Continue reading Nietzsche Never Went Mad, He Walked Off Like Cassady by Paul Michael Whitfield