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Missing Axioms: Philosophy for Disorientation

Can we ever be nihilists? What is the difference between talk and action?

Missing Axioms explains how we value, outlining the impossibility of nihilism for human beings.

Through a series of essays covering Socrates, the Tokkōtai (Kamikaze), Christianity, Plato's cave and Sisyphus this book explores the topic of martyrdom and our status as inherently valuing beings.


"Barnes tackles ethical questions afresh, combining a direct, conversational tone with a mischievous knack for peering through conceptual keyholes." - @sonyasupposedly

"With Missing Axioms, Barnes thoughtfully investigates and articulates the feeling of being lost in a value-less abyss." - Kevin DeLand, @DeLandB4Time


Book Includes:

  • I – Explicit and Implicit Value
  • II – Beyond Nihilism
  • III – The Martyr
  • IV – The Passion of Socrates
  • V – A City without Laws
  • VI – Philosophy as Death
  • VII – Explicit Euphoria
  • VIII – Tokkōtai Temporality
  • IX – Devotional Space
  • X – Christ the Contemptible
  • XI – The Afterglow West
  • XII – Eternal Judgement
  • XIII – Caves, All the Way Up
  • XIV – The Cave of Sisyphus
  • XV – Force Majeure
  • XVI – On Suicide
  • XVII – Still Missing?
  • XVIII – Being Immortal
  • XVIIII – Mercy on Forever
  • XX – Calling Myself a “Philosopher”
  • An appendix of reflections on essays I-XV

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Missing Axioms: Philosophy for Disorientation

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