do you like heidegger? i keep posting about this, but apparently nobody on sf has read any sort of good german philosophy from weimar/the earlier 1900s. heidigger is literally indecipherable. maybe the most painful thing ive read, much worse than proust (so boring) or joyce (ugh). i really, really like carl schmitt and ernst junger. their philosophy is less pure philosophy and more political theory. I do like Heidegger, or what I've read. I dunno, I don't remember you having much of a philosophy background so that probably isn't helpful. It's not that bad compared to Kant. Heidegger does like to pile on the terms and it takes some time shifting the puzzle pieces against one another. Also he just has a weird temperament and rhythm but eventually I found myself enjoying it and savoring not only the occasional gratifying poetic passages but also the dry repetitious stuff. is kind of predictable in a good way. YMMV. what're you reading that's torturing you? also I don't know what is more challenging than finnegan's wake, ulysses also is ridiculous but at least approachable, heidegger is helpful in comparison. have not read schmitt or junger, I am taking of "visions of utopia" seminar right now though so they are relevant in a way. my understanding is both are sort of derivative of hegel and nietzsche but less grand-scheming and more socio-political.