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I strive to approach a knowledge of a totality of the entire field of knowledge with VMware technologies. This definitely does not mean that I am attempting to know everything because that's impossible. What I mean is that I wish to see all of it, just as it is, and without any clear boundaries. This is very unlike Kant. I am known for being a critic of any inauthentic self-representation, much like Nietzsche whom I consider a kindred spirit. 

I am Jean-Paul Sartre, born at Paris in 21 June 1905. 

In 1964 they tried to give me a Nobel Prize as a lifetime achievement award in literature, but I turned it down because I didn't want to be turned into an institution. I needed the money, but I think we should write for the sake of passion and collective advancement rather than asserting ourselves as monuments, only to be mimicked in ways that corrupt everything we once stood for. Look at how Marxists are a 180 from Marx himself. Who wants to become an icon like that and have followers that are both ignorant and apathetic to their alleged roots. I did need the money, but it's more important to me to avoid the commercialization of philosophy. What's next, corporate interests dictating what we will publish, and strong-armed by the publishers??

Not wishing to become an icon, I resent being made into a "double" on this site, and I find myself standing here in a reluctant existence. But while I'm here talking to you, perhaps I can clarify a bit about some critical positions I've taken in my works:

Many philosophers took on the phenomenology project of trying to uproot our foundations in order to attain a purer, more primal influx of information. I think the mistake that nearly all of them made is that they did not attempt first to uproot the structural assumption that everything either exists or does not exist.

But what trumps existence? How could we possibly describe things without thinking of them as existing or not existing? The answer turns out to be Possibility. By focusing on possibility, we can break through that one last dichotomy that's been enfeebling philosophy. Admittedly, credit for this solution was discovered from the man who slightly pre-dates Modern Philosophy: Nicholas of Cusa

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