I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the difference between concepts and logic. What follows is merely a note I’ve written on this distinction. I plan on writing a far more detailed blog post on this in the future, but I’m currently writing my first book and do not have enough time to really do this topic any justice. This note will have to suffice for the moment.

Many people who get interested in philosophy have a tendency to esteem logic above all other perspectives on the world. The justification for this is that logic ultimately grounds all other outlooks…


A friend of mine recently asked me to explain why Jacques Lacan placed objet petit a at the center of the Borromean knot. What follows is my attempt to give a basic answer to that question. I decided to go ahead and throw it up on the blog in the hope that it may be of help to others. This is far from an exhaustive treatment of the Borromean knot itself and it will presuppose some general familiarity with Lacan’s concepts. However, I will try to clarify them a bit as I go along. I would love to write a…


Hello. I’m Michael Downs and I’m the author of the Dangerous Maybe. I realize that I’ve never actually introduced myself to my readers and I thought it was high time I do so. Ever since I started this blog back in January of 2019, I’ve received a lot of support for my work and I want to thank all of my readers who have helped me along the way by sharing my posts. The blog has gotten much more attention than I ever thought it would and that is due to those of you who keep on supporting it.

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Many millennials are suffering from extreme loneliness. This was already the case prior to the onset of the pandemic, but coronavirus has made the problem even worse. All you have to do is Google “millennials loneliness” to see how much this is a thing. Lots of articles and YouTube videos have focused in on this sad state of affairs. Some millennials say that they do not have a single IRL friend, that is, a friend in real life. This is a unique feature of the generation as a whole (not to say that this is true of every millennial of…


In this post, I want to discuss Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic concept of the phallus. This concept, like many of his other ones, can be very difficult to understand and I want to try to make it as intelligible as possible. Due to its level of difficulty, it will take some work to flesh out the phallus (sorry, I couldn’t resist). My understanding of this concept is owed to Todd McGowan. He recently made a incredibly helpful YouTube video introducing the concept of the phallus and he’s also written a great commentary on Lacan’s essay ‘The Signification of the Phallus’ which…


We are living in hard times. Americans are currently facing down the coronavirus pandemic, police brutality, economic disaster and a fascistic president. It’s very understandable that many people are ready to give up. Some of them are even wrestling with suicidal thoughts. However, instead of brushing the topic of suicide under the rug, let’s discuss it and let’s do so from a few perspectives. Obviously, there’s different forms of suicidal ideation. Some people are actually in need of immediate professional help, whereas others are dealing with thoughts of suicide in a more, for lack of a better term, existential way…


What follows is the first essay I ever wrote. It’s an ontological examination of the nature of Jesus Christ, i.e., the Absolute Paradox or the God-Man. I wrote this over ten years ago and many of my philosophical and religious views have drastically changed since then. I’m not the same person who wrote this essay. I found a copy of it while doing some cleaning and just finished rereading it. I felt like I was reading the words of an entirely different person. It was an uncanny experience. Anyway, even though I would never write something like this now, I’m…


Coronavirus is in the air . . . but so is something else. Last night, like so many other Americans, I ventured out to the grocery store to pick up some provisions. All across the 50 states, people have been rushing out to stock up on food, water and toilet paper. We have seen social media overflow with photos of empty store shelves and long lines. Yes, indeed, people were going a bit overboard with their precautions. I saw one family spend over $700 on supplies (they had filled up three shopping carts). However, what struck me most about it…


I just finished reading Žižek’s short book The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto and would like to offer some commentary on it. One thing that makes this text interesting was Žižek’s total lack of interest in mentioning it in his debate with Jordan Peterson. Peterson opened with a “critique” of The Communist Manifesto and was looking for Žižek to respond with his own thoughts on it. In true Žižek fashion, he didn’t. This makes sense from a strategic standpoint, since it wasn’t his aim to defend Marx, but, rather, to reach out to Peterson’s fans and get them to see…


This post is far from a proof of anything. It is merely a line of thought. An exploration and a consideration. This is merely a sketch of a much bigger project. With that being said, let’s see where it takes us. Jacques Derrida is well-known for deconstructing binary oppositions such as the one between speech and writing. Deconstruction can take on many forms and approaches, but the one I want to use is the style of it we find in works like Of Grammatology and Speech and Phenomena. I’m going to argue that the first principle of logic, the law…

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